The Monday after New Year's has been a huge day for online wedding resources like us. It might seem strange then that today's Real Wedding isn't your traditional wedding blog real wedding. The wedding and its budget were small, and there was nothing sepia toned or inspired by Anthropologie. So why is it our first post of 2012?

At GigMasters we think all weddings are beautiful. Our New Year's resolution is to help you plan a wedding that's full of love, happiness and great entertainment. We want to bring you a variety of weddings and wedding ideas you won't see on every other wedding site. Some will be traditional, and some ... won't! You may not want a leopard print wedding dress, a murder mystery, or a circus wedding but maybe seeing a bride in a leopard print dress singing to her groom will give you the freedom and inspiration to do what you want to do, whether it's wearing an unusual dress or hiring unusual entertainment.

We first met the groom, Allan last year. Allan is a film director and has been working on the movie Married and Counting, which we profiled before the movie had a name. His lovely bride Jen is the owner of popular New York Bakery, This Chick Bakes. Here's how Allan describes his wedding day: Jen and I had been planning a September wedding. Ironically, since we were in the midst of making Married and Counting, a movie about about Stephen and Pat's eight weddings, we ended up postponing our own. To my knowledge, this is the only time in history that a gay marriage has had any impact on the sanctity of anybody else's marriage. We started planning a spring wedding, and then I was hired to work on the Obama campaign's video team in Chicago. Rather than either turn down this opportunity or postpone our wedding again, we scaled down and sped up our plans. One of the biggest lessons from Pat & Stephen's many weddings on the road is that all you need for a wedding is the person you love and some of your dearest friends.

groom feeds cake to bride

bride with guitar sings to groom

skeletons on wedding cake with red roses

Wedding photography by Stephen Mosher.