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!”
Adam and Stacey’s wedding took place at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon. They had a non-traditional, steampunk inspired day which was planned by the groom!
“Our wedding theme was just ‘stuff we like'”, said the bride. “We didn’t want it to be traditional and the same as other weddings but we also didn’t want to cut things out just for the sake of being different. The venue played a big part in it because as soon as we’d decided where to have our wedding, everything else started falling into place. For example, once we decided we were getting married outside with a longish walk to the ceremony site, I knew I wasn’t going to wear white or heels.”
“Having a humanist ceremony made it incredibly personal to us”, she continued, “and my outfit was also so unique and special. We made everything very casual so that we could enjoy our day and we made a lot of things ourselves. Maybe the most unique part of the whole wedding is that it was actually Adam that did most of the planning and I was not really involved in the process!”
Philip and Stacy pulled off their awesome steampunk inspired wedding for just £5000! “Our venue, Papplewick Pumping Station was the perfect backdrop for a steampunk wedding”, the bride said. “The theme inspired the groomsmen’s styling. The bridal party were more traditional, but with an alternative twist, much to the surprise of my family who assumed I would wear a gothic or neon pink dress!”
“We both wanted the celebration of our marriage to be fun and memorable”, she continued. “The reception was akin to a children’s party with candy floss, lucky bags, games and toys. We gave guests raffle tickets at the ceremony, and during the speeches we drew it. The prizes were various toys and games we had collected in the previous year.”
“To keep costs to a manageable level, the majority of our accessories, such as the groomsmen’s buttonholes, were DIY. My Auntie and I had a crafty week before the wedding where we made the order of services booklets and customised all the bridal party accessories. We even bought a cheap bunch of roses to make a few buttonholes and for some guests which was the only expense on fresh flowers. My own bouquet consisted of skull buttons and feathers!”
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’).”