Natalie and Patrick had a fairly traditional church ceremony but that’s definitely where the the tradition ended! Their wedding reception was one of the most authentic carnival/ circus themes I’ve ever seen! They changed outfits, had lots of performers and plenty of food truck options for their 500 (!) guests… Oh and they arrived on an elephant. NBD…
“The reception was at Texas Stunt Ranch”, Natalie said. “We chose it because we knew we were planning on having a circus complete with performers and an elephant and we knew there would be few if any venues that would be ‘elephant friendly’. So when they were not only willing but excited about our plan, we signed with them right away.”
“Our entertainment was provided by The Vampire Circus and it was the absolute most amazing show I have ever seen….That ANYONE had ever seen! They were an absolute pleasure to work with and handled all the snags in the road with grace. If you have not seen them perform do yourself a favour and go. It was an incredible show, performed by the most skilled and astounding artists. They dazzled 500 people, and every single one of them told me it was the best show they had ever seen. They left the crowd awe-struck. I can’t begin to thank these guys enough. They had a pizzaz that made you not able to take your eyes off of them!!!”
Kat and Matt wanted anything but a traditional wedding. They started the day by having their ceremony at Old Wardour Castle in Salisbury. “The inspiration for the wedding was everything we enjoy: computer games, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, swords, horses, cats, dragons and castles!”, said the bride. “We love looking around castles and historical sites, so finding a ruined castle licensed for weddings was amazingly perfect!”
“The inspiration evolved throughout planning and it got more adventurous as we went on. The clincher was Matt asking if I would arrive on horseback, something which I had dreamed of but initially dismissed as way too risky and over the top. Our friend Heather spent at least a day bathing her lovely horse Millie and let her be my horsey bridesmaid. I think it was the icing on a rather eccentric cake…. Oh and the swords! I had ‘Longclaw’ Jon Snow’s sword from Game of Thrones and Matt had ‘Narsil’ from Lord of the Rings!”
An almost completely DIY wedding is impressive enough, but when you have such a theme as steampunk then I think it’s doubly so! Alys and Stu were hitched last October in Manchester. The reception was held at the Museum of Science and Industry.
“We both love the steampunk and neither of us was particularly keen on a traditional white wedding”, said Alys. “We are also not religious we fancied doing something a bit different. We both love the Museum of Science and Industry and have been going since we were kids so it was quite a poignant place to get married. I can’t quite remember which came first, the theme or the venue, but either way they complimented each other really well!”
They shunned tradition in plenty of ways, not just with their inedible outfits! “We did a joint speech as we were not keen on a lot of the gender specific obligations. Likewise, I had both my parents walk me down the aisle. We let the cake bakers have first ‘cut’ of their own cakes rather than just us being up there doing it. My sister also did a speech as well as the best man and I had ‘bridesmates’ instead of bridesmaids (don’t really like the word ‘maid’).”
Fer and Jou had a wedding in two parts; a traditional Mayan ceremony one day and a steampunk themed celebration party with their friends and family on another. They live and were married in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
“We met when we were both were studying in Spain”, the bride explained. “Fer asked me maaaaany times to go out, but it was on until he invited me for Guatemalan chocolate and bread that I agreed! We were married three years after that.”
A dairy farm in South Africa was the location for Philip and Lily’s steampunk wedding. Wearing a unique dress and thrifted accessories, the bride planned the day to reflect their mutual love of their chosen theme.
“Initially the wedding was just inspired by the steampunk theme”, said the bride. “Although, as I worked for about a year on pulling everything together, the end product seemed to combine steampunk with DIY and Alice in Wonderland! I wanted it our wedding to be a little bit fantastical without making it look like a Halloween dress up party. We wanted things quite simple and pretty.”
Jody always wanted a steampunk themed wedding, but their theme really came to life when they booked their venue. It came complete with a funfair! “When it came to planning our wedding there were very few surprises for anyone who knew us”, Jody began. “I have never been one for anything traditional and after 12 years of catering weddings James did not want anything traditional either.”
“Our starting point was to find a venue so I listed every wedding venue in Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales and started crossing them off if they did not fit our criteria of size, budget and quirkiness. We ended up with six venues that were slightly unusual and visited them all. The last one (which was my secretly favourite) was The Ironbridge Gorge Museums. They had so many choices of areas and rooms that we could use for the ceremony and for the reception. We went for The Covered Bays for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, and Blists Hill Victorian Town for the reception. The fact the latter has a fairground sealed the deal for James!”
“For me it was a no-brainer to have a Steampunk themed wedding,” she continued. “I am a huge fan of steampunk and a complete science fiction nerd, and we both love museums, so the idea of having a steampunk themed wedding at the home of the Industrial Revolution made me just a little bit excited! We actively encouraged all our guests to dress up and extended the dress code to cover Victorian and gothic for those who weren’t comfortable with going full steampunk. We also built up a list of people and companies providing costume hire, hat making and dress making services to pass on to everyone and links to websites for inspiration.”