Archive for February, 2009

Let them eat CUPCAKES!

Posted in Edibles, Friendors with tags , on Thursday, February 19, 2009 by nightmarewedding

I watch the Food Network religiously. I am so addicted to it that I cannot sleep unless the soothing voice of Chef Ramsay is speaking in the background. My favourite show are the creative pastry-making ones. If I wasn’t going to marry Mr. Zombie, I probably would have hopped on a plane to Baltimore to hump Duff Goldman’s leg. 


He may have mastered the art of tiered cakes, but he is a GOD when it comes to diorama cakes. His incredibly detailed pastry creations of buildings, vehicles and electric guitars made Mr. Zombie and I dream of a wedding cake well beyond the traditional icing flowers. Our dream cake would be an edible version of the Halloween Town graveyard… complete with Spiral Hill. 


I know. Epic. 

We had to scale it back after we gave it some thought. A diorama cake of this proportion would be well beyond our budget. We also thought it would be incredibly awkward for guests to try to eat a slice of cake on a plate with a fork while standing during our cocktail reception. The only inexpensive and practical way of covering the cake business is to opt for the cupcake route instead. 


There are a lot of pros that come with having a cupcake wedding cake. For one, cupcakes are more portable so guests can eat them while standing without much mess. Since cupcakes don’t require utensils to enjoy, we would also save on cake cutting fees. We could also order multiple cupcake flavours so guests could choose their favourite. Still, it’s not going to be the same as the epic scene cake of our dreams…

Unless you have an awesome family friend who so happens to be a master pastry chef. 

Lena is a family friend dating back to when we lived in the Philippines. Her family were neighbours of mine, and now we both live in the same city. She currently works in one of the cutest, yummiest bakeries in Toronto and she’s got a lot of wedding cake design experience under her belt. We approached her last summer about our cupcake order. She had a lot of really cool ideas then and we were stoked about what she had to offer. I mean, she came up with having rectangular cupcakes instead so that she could turn them into individual graves! 


Cupcakes that are more epic than these already cool ones? Say WHHHHAAAAATTTTTT?

Anyway, I hadn’t talked to her in a little while since we never got around to planning the wedding further.  A couple of days ago, I decided to stop by her bakery to say hi and talk over coffee and raspberry tarts. While we caught up on what we had been up to the past few months, I casually asked her if there was any more updates on our wedding cake. 


Lena: “Oh yeah… I think I got it all figured out… except for the moon. I’m not quite sure how to make the moon yet, but it will get done.”

Me: “Umm… excuse me? You’re making us a moon?”

Lena: “Oh yea, I’m making you the whole graveyard for the cupcakes to sit on instead of a boring cake stand. I mean, if you have cupcake graves, they have to sit in a graveyard, right?”

………………….. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 She is a genius. I can’t wait to see how our cake will unfold!

How did you guys come up with your wedding cake concept? 


Wedding Porn for this evening

Posted in Outfit on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 by nightmarewedding


I found this photo while sifting through my “wedding inspiration folder” earlier this evening. I think I may have found it on Offbeat Bride a year ago. Anyway, I am madly in love with this bride. She’s got the classic look and the hourglass figure I wish I could pull off for my wedding. The dress I’ve got in mind that my friend from Provocouture Studios is making for me has a similar look to it (minus the mermaid details), so I’ve definitely taken a lot of inspiration from her. The birdcage veil is also to die for. Me wants her!

Going to the Movie Theatre, going to get maarriiieeddd!

Posted in Venue with tags , , on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by nightmarewedding

It all started as a farfetched fantasy– a joke, if you will. “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we got married in a movie theatre? Dude, that would TOTALLY make sense!” 

I mean, we did try. We looked at posh venues that used to be movie theatres and art galleries that had screening rooms in the back. Those lame attempts were axed  because they were either too expensive, or in the latter case, the event manager was a douchebag. I mean, it worked out for us in the end. We found a pretty cool gallery space to hold our wedding anyway. So died our dream of serving popcorn at our ceremony. 

It wasn’t until an innocent inquiry from our good friend and bridesmaid, Ramona* that triggered the dream again: “so, why AREN’T you getting married in a REAL movie theatre?”

Good point. We hadn’t really looked at real movie theatres before. I guess it was because we figured that all the cool independent movie theatres in the city would be completely booked on Halloween. With the Rocky Horror screenings and the cheesy horror movie marathons, how would they ever squeeze in an hour for a geeky wedding ceremony?

“It doesn’t hurt to ask, ya know,” Ramona said with a shrug, “I mean, you know the people at that movie theatre you’re always in.”

She did bring a good point. In the past few months, Mr. Zombie and I had been actively participating in a shadow cast troupe** that was in the process of becoming a monthly-ran tradition at a particular independent cinema in the city. As a result, we had been very much in the loop of the hip-happenings of that theatre and had been working hard with the managers to promote their events. Even before this opportunity fell onto our laps, we were ALWAYS at this cinema watching movies.

bloor002Mr. Zombie and I with our friend and makeup artist extraordinaire during an annual horror/cult film festival. Mr. Zombie and I had passes. We lived off of Red Bull and candy that week.

It was also in front of this theatre that Mr. Zombie proposed to me after the Annual Zombie Walk in 2007. This theatre had a lot of history for us. Besides, doesn’t this interior just beat any stuffy church?


Our hearts were set on it. While figuring out shadow cast-related logistics with the theatre manager yesterday, I casually popped the question, “so… err… can we hold our ceremony in your theatre for Halloween?”

“Dude, that would be AWESOME!” 

Yeap, the theatre manager was really stoked about the idea. We still have to work out a few logistics, but for the most part it looks like the Zombies might be tying the knot on the same stage they perform in, and in front of the same screen they showed their film in, inside the theatre they got engaged in. Pretty freakin’ sweet!



* Ramona isn’t her real name. I just thought she’d want to be named after Ramona Flowers of awesome graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim for the sake of this blog. Her husband and our groomsman would now be henceforth referred to as Scott.

** This is probably the main reason why we neglected to further plan our wedding in the past few months.


Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by nightmarewedding

If  you have stumbled upon this blog, chances are you have probably followed me from my previous wedding blogs. Yes. Blog”S”. I kept two wedding-related blogs. Why? I’m not quite sure. Perhaps this was the result of an over-zealous bride who just went a little crazy with the excitement of planning this joyous event… or maybe it was because I didn’t know how to express my loud internet persona and more introverted personal self in one voice so that both “interweb lurkers” and the actual wedding guests would find my wedding-related rants interesting, so I kept two separate blogs to  accommodate both tastes. At any rate, it was hard to keep up with both so I’ve started over and merged the two to form one mega planning blog. 

And honestly, I’m hoping that this would actually push me to get off my lazy ass and start planning this wedding… because Mr. Zombie and I really haven’t been these days. 

If you so happen to be a brand new blog lurker, here is the quick 411 on the Zombies: 

Mr. Zombie and I are two film geeks from Toronto. We met online a little over three years ago. We talked about movies and toys for a few months until we finally met on my 20th birthday. Since then we’ve been partners in crime. We’ve been co-habitating for over two years with our four cats, Leelu Dallas Multipass, Gandalf, Mac and Adolf Hitler (I swear we’re not racists. The cat just had the funny ‘stache). We’ve hitchhiked across the country, worked on movies together, collected art and toys, and have even formed a shadow cast troupe. Partners in crime, indeed. We finally got engaged in front of a movie theatre during the Toronto Zombie Walk in 2007. Now here we are, trying to plan a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Halloween wedding. 

Sit back, relax and watch this planning phase kick us in the ass. I’m pretty sure it’ll be an entertaining ride.