Gaspy Themed Wedding

“Yo ho, Yo ho,” this Gasparilla inspired wedding is a pirate’s dream come true. Coming up this month, Tampa will hold its annual pirate invasion, ever so famously known as Gasparilla. The Mardi Gras of Tampa Bay will have everyone in party mode; with drinks flowing and celebrations all over the streets, what could be a better time to finally walk the plank & tie the knot?


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 It’s only suiting to honor the holiday’s true pirate colors with this wedding palette of red, black, and gold. A Gasparilla inspired wedding calls for black bridesmaid dresses with small red wardrobe touches.


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Gone with tradition, this dark red and black groom’s tux is better than any gold doubloons. The dark red carries the Gasparilla themed fluidly across the design board, and will compliment your more traditional dress beautifully.

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Gaspy isn’t only for an older crowd. In fact, the kids may be the ones that love it the most. Give your flower girl something adorable and festive to wear like this dress. Not only does it bring in the red and black color scheme we saw earlier in the design process, but it adds a whimsical and playful design touch to your wedding wardrobe that will look great in your photos.


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This show stopping gown incorporates the best of Gaspy in an elegant and stunning design. Instead of the colorful beads collected in the parade, this gown collects these decadent beads that are breathtaking and something to actually rave about.


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These decadent invitations capture the essence and festive flare of this renowned holiday. With black lace overlay and red undertones, these invitations serve their purpose to truly capture the color scheme of your big event.


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It’s essential when pulling off a themed wedding to remain pieced-together. These beautiful florals tie in the repeated black theme and are a subtle incorporation into your themed wedding.


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These name cards for your guest are “key.” These vintage pieces stage your wedding perfectly for the Gasparilla ambiance you’re trying to capture. They also are a nice aged, yet sophisticated tasteful touch.


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What’s a pirate wedding without the rum? This fabulous cocktail is the real treasure of the party, and will have all your guests marking an “X” at the bar so they can refill their glass all night long.


For the Blackberry-Ginger Shrub

1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups) Driscoll’s Blackberries

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon water

3/4 cups apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

For the Cocktails

Blackberry-Ginger Shrub

White rum

Lime wedges

Ice cubes

Ginger beer

Driscoll’s Blackberries

Fresh mint leaves


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Make the shrub. Combine the blackberries, sugar, minced ginger and water in a non-reactive bowl. Crush the blackberries so they begin to release some of their juices, place in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 24 hours, stirring the contents two or three times during this time. After 24 hours, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Use a spatula to press down on the solids, removing as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Mix the apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar with the collected liquid. Transfer to a clean, re-sealable and place in your refrigerator. For one cocktail, add 3 ounces of the shrub, 1 1/2 ounces of the rum and a squeeze of fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Then strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 3-5 ounces of the ginger beer, depending on your taste preferences. Garnish with blackberries and a couple of fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!


A Gaspy wedding may seem a bit extra as a theme, but these classic, rich touches can hone in the simplicity that you may be craving. Gold details throughout your design stay true to the theme, as well as give your wedding the balance it needs.


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 Last but not least, this cake is the icing on top of your special day. This cake brings in all the elements we discussed before, but tones down the festivities to really focus on what’s important. It’s simplicity and black lace overlay are the perfect fit and ending to this festive Gasparilla wedding.


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