We’ve got our noses stuck in the book of love with this week’s theme: bookish weddings!
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Photos by Dani Van Groeningen
The Offbeat Bride: Juliet, Careers Adviser (and Tribesmaid)
Her offbeat partner: Tom, Robotic Engineer
Date and location of wedding: Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia — June 9, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We really wanted to emphasise how much fun we have together, so we included a lot of references that are important to us. We had Harry Potter Marauder’s Map invitations and reception decorations. We also had a chemistry experiment as our unity ceremony, and a Terry Pratchett’s Discworld cake!
Our wedding was at lunchtime on a long weekend as lots of family were coming from interstate and they all had small children. It was much easier to actively include kids than to try and exclude them. We invited all the kids at the wedding to be in a “kid parade” at the start, and they came running in to “Cadence to Arms” by Dropkick Murphys, waving “Yay” flags and ribbon wands.
I made my bouquet from the leftover fabric from my dress and some coordinating colours. It seemed easier and cheaper than buying florist bouquets. Our cars were retro coupes that belong to Tom’s father. They looked amazing, although squeezing us all into two-door cars was a bit tight!
We avoided the “clinkling glasses to get a kiss” routine at the reception by using the 20-sided dice at our table. Guests had to get our attention and roll the dice. If they rolled higher than 10, we kissed. If they got 10 or lower, they had to kiss someone.
We had a live band and traditional ceilidh dancing, which I grew up listening, playing, and dancing to. The band taught everyone how to do all the dances and our guests mixed really well with each other. It was also our best opportunity to speak to people at the wedding since we were so busy at other times!
We played the “Shoe Game” near the end of the reception which was hilarious! I didn’t tell Tom what was going to happen so his responses were very genuine and very, very funny. To end the reception, we did a gender-neutral bouquet and garter toss. We asked anyone who wanted to be involved to step into the centre of the circle and we