My Wedding: Bicycle Theme!

by ilene on August 3, 2011 · 35 comments

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I really wanted a loose theme for our wedding because it’s kinda fun and a theme helps tie elements together. After thinking about it for months, I finally decided to have a bicycle-themed wedding!! Biking is one of the special hobbies that Jeff and I love doing together. Even though we mesh on so many levels, we actually have vastly different hobbies. I’m a girly girl and Jeff loves playing sports. There are few things that we actually enjoy doing together and bicycling is one of them. We love taking long bike rides, exploring our neighborhood and then having a picnic dinner by the river. I thought bicycles fit perfectly into my vision for our wedding, too; they are fun, whimsical, vibrant and summery! Exactly what I hoped our wedding to be!

I designed a logo for us that pictured both our bikes and our names below them. I always thought that our bikes represented us very well. Jeff’s blue mountain bike is just like him: rugged, sporty and masculine. My pink beach cruiser with whicker basket and bell is just like me: girly, beachy and southern Californian. I loved our logo and used it everywhere!

We incorporated the bicycle theme in a myriad of ways at our wedding: on our invitations, our wedding programs and trivia cards. We used a bicycle basket to hold our cards and found some miniature bicycles to use as centerpieces. A cherry red tandem bike greeted our guests at the entrance. I’ll write more about these details later but here is a summary of our bicycle details:

**all photos by the fabulous Jules Bianchi

The most memorable thing we did was that we rode into our reception on a tandem bike! It was my idea and Jeff thought I was crazy when I suggested it. But once I set my heart on something, I am determined to do it! We had an outdoor reception so it worked out well! We rented a bright cherry red tandem bike and I attached a “just married” sign on the back and flowers onto the handlebars! Our bridal party were great sports and performed a fabulous dance to the Black Eyed Pea’s “I Got a Feeling”, choreographed by bridesmaid M, during the grand entrance. Jeff and I entered wobbly in the middle of the song, hopped off the bike, and finished off the dance with them. That might have been our favorite moment of the wedding! Perhaps foolishly, we didn’t practice with my dress and 4″ high heels so it was a huge risk, it could’ve been a huge flop (literally!), but it was so fun and memorable! It was a great way to start off a party, too!

I think it was fitting to enter our reception as newlyweds on a tandem! Signaling the beginning of our new lives together!

**all photos by the fabulous Jules Bianchi

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1 jakennicksmomma August 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

How adorable! What a fun way to introduce yourselves as man and wife!

2 noisesandsweetairs August 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I love the idea of the bicycle theme! How brave to ride a tandem wearing a wedding dress and high heels!! πŸ™‚

3 Donna August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Love the bicycle theme and especially the centerpieces! And yes, super brave to ride a bike in a gown and heels! πŸ™‚

4 sockmonkeey August 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

AMAZING! I LOVE this. Beautiful, original, and well done.

5 Whitney August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

What a beautiful, one-of-a-kind theme! I love this idea and it looks like it was a beautiful and special wedding. Congratulations!

6 whollykao August 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

everything looked awesome! did you hand write all the signs? the calligraphy is amazing.

7 girlgonenorth @ girl gone north August 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love all the bicycle wedding decor out right now. Admittedly, I’m a little bummed my fiancΓ© and I don’t spend any time biking because I would love to go with a bike theme!

8 Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 2:06 am

what is the font you used? I can’t find a similar one anywhere – it’s so cute!

9 ilene September 6, 2011 at 4:13 am

hi! the font is called “Feel Script” and you can buy it here:
its my absolute favorite font! I used it on everything!

10 Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Thanks Ilene! I just need illustrator now! πŸ™‚ Lovely website by the way!

11 Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

LOVE the bicycle theme & beautiful wedding!! πŸ™‚ where did you find those small white bicycles?

12 ilene November 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

the white bicycles I found at the Christmas Tree Shops last summer for $5/ each on sale!

13 Anonymous April 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

Love the mini bicycles you have pictured. I can not find them anywhere…would you be willing to sell yours?

14 Sandi and Dr T April 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

…50 years ago one of our first purchases as newly married was a Twin Schwinn. Our invitations for our coming celebration will feature balloons tied to this bike that we will be ridding along Lake Michigan inviting guests to follow us to the church. Our wish is that you may also do this in 50 years too!

15 ilene April 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

awww that is SO sweet!!! Happy anniversary to you guys!!!

16 Stefanie November 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Hi! Your ideas are awesome! I am trying to incorporate a bike theme into ours since my fiancee proposed to me out on the trails while we were biking. The logo you designed where did you find the pictures of the bikes?

17 ilene November 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

hi Stefanie! Thanks so much. I drew the bikes using illustrator but I’m sure you can find similar clip art. congrats on your wedding!

18 Anonymous September 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

I love your ideas!!! Can you please tell me where you got the metal bicycle centrepieces? Would really appreciate it.

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