Megan and Brendan had a steampunk inspired wedding with touches of gamer geek. It perfectly reflected them both!
“Okay, so both of us are humongous geeks”, Megan began. “I’m a consummate bookworm and I was practically raised on early Sci-Fi and fantasy by my father. Both of us grew up playing video games and tabletop games like D&D, Star Wars, and Savage Worlds. My degree is in writing and literature and Brendan is currently studying to be a game designer. So we decided to make the theme for the wedding everything that we think is cool about gaming and geek culture. It was a bit of a floating theme, and incorporated a lot of different things, but it meant that we had a lot of fun things to chose from.”
“A lot of our friends are nerds and geeks too so when we gave them permission to come to the wedding dressed up in theme… a lot of them did! It was great! My boss came dressed up as one of the Dr. Who’s companions and gave us a sonic screwdriver. Some of Brendan’s friends came dressed as Star Trek ensigns. My aunt and cousins dressed up as video game characters, and basically everyone else added a touch of steampunk to their outfits. It was amazing!”
Tiffany and Josh’s November wedding was inspired by a mixture of Halloween and good old fashioned Rock n Roll! They were married at Bottom of the Hill, a club in San Francisco.
“The club was fully decked out in Halloween decorations”, said the bride. “We gave out sugar skulls and had a trick or treat station. We also embraced that fact that we got married at a rock venue. So we played a few songs, made everyone put on temporary tattoos and had our DJ play a carefully curated 70s power pop set list. We really wanted everyone to feel like they were going to a rock show. Our invitations were designed to look like old punk show flyers and we allowed people to start drinking right when they arrived.”
“I worked really hard to add as many unique elements as I could. What comes to mind is the venue, the temporary tattoo favours, and the food (we went with a Hawaiian/Mexican fusion-sushi, papas fritas, saimin, tacos, etc…). However, the most important thing to us was performing original songs for our guests in lieu of our first dance.”
Having personalised, one-of-a-kind wedding stationery is the dream for many Rock n Roll brides, after all we all want our wedding to feel unique and represent who we are. However when the dreaded budget comes into play, that can be a lot easier said than done.
So when 4LOVEPolkaDots, who design wedding invitations (and handmade matching wedding décor items such as guest books, ring pillows, favour gift boxes and flowergirl accessories) got in touch, I was over the moon! Their products are inspired by modern design, nature and fashion and I just know you’re going to love them!
They have so many beautiful designs available and best part is, each set can be fully customised with your own wording and colours at no extra cost!
Simone and Thomas were married at Mofo Lounge in Melbourne. The venue is decorated in a Moroccan theme so this set the tone for the wedding. The couple had a small budget so didn’t want to fuss around too much with extra décor or details.
“The actual inspiration for our wedding was everyone else and all the ‘When are you finally getting married?’ questions!” the bride laughed. “Because we like to have fun, we thought let’s just do it! Our theme was based around our venue, but it also had a bit of a vintage Hollywood influence with my dress.”
The bride’s dress was vintage and cost her just $380 including alterations. She bought her bouquet the day before when she saw it, already made up, for $20 in a florist’s shop window!
“Instead of a cake we had a lolly bar and chocolate fountain with fruit and Turkish delight. Our extra décor was simple. We had lolly tins for the party favours. We didn’t have to do anything with the venue because it was already decorated so well. It’s the only venue we physically looked at and we knew it was the one.”
As a busy bride-to-be, it’s not that surprising if you don’t have a lot of time right now to take the best care of yourself. Maybe your eating more easy-to-grab processed foods, you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over six months and your hair is in dire need of a blow-dry and some serious root touch ups?
If you don’t have a regular hairdresser or salon that you trust, then finding one during this busy time can be a real drag. Calling them up, getting quotes, finding out if they’re experienced with your very particular hair care needs (us rainbow hair loving babes need extra TLC after all!) Thankfully, I just discovered ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS, a website that cuts the fluff of searching and gives you the important details all in one place: how to book, who to book with, and how much a service will cost you.
ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS are best known for their venues in Leeds – that’s where they kicked this all off – but they have been stepping up their game and expanding their range, now with over 100 salons and hairdressers in London alone, and another 80+ in Manchester.
When I started this blog I had no idea just how far it could take me. From quitting a well paid full time job to all expenses paid trips to Australia! I co-founded a workshop that taught over 1000 people all over the planet and launched a print magazine!! It really has been a wild ride and I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened for the world.
Over the past 8+ years I’ve woken up excited to turn on my computer and crack on with work (and that’s something I thought I’d never have in my life)… that is until it started to get too difficult. It stopped being fun. It started feeling like more of a chore than a labour or love. And if you don’t love something any more, why would you torture yourself? Life is just too short.
So I’ve come to a big decision. Its been really hard to make but I hope you’ll understand. I’m quitting Rock n Roll Bride. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next but I know it won’t be anything to do with weddings.