Sarah and Benjamin’s Austrian wedding was inspired by the 19th century science fiction theme of steampunk! The day was held at Schloß Weinberg (Weinberg Castle) in Kefermarkt. The ceremony took place outside, in the castle’s grounds.
The bride wore a dress and cape from by Sincerity. Her whole outfit was based around her accessories (headpiece, necklace, bracelet) which she made herself. She also decorated her shoes using cogs and steampunk embellishments. “Originally I really wanted to wear black as I am part of the gothic scene”, said Sarah, “but my mother was fiercely against this idea. As an alternative we came up with steampunk as a theme. ‘Steampunk is goths wearing brown’ is a popular saying.”
“In the german-speaking area of where we live, steampunk is not very well known. So our whole theme made it stand out. For us it was all the details. We paid so much attention to them that made it extra special. We think our wedding looked really authentic, and just like we are.”
As well as her outfit, the bride designed the stationery and they came up with all ideas for the decor themselves. “Except the cake and flowers, most of the details were home made. I also made 200 paper roses to go around all the decorations. These took the longest to make. They were all made of old books and it took about two months.”
Valeria (the bride) and Nicola’s (the groom) Victorian gothic wedding was held at the impressive Villa il Poggione in Fauglia, Italy. The venue was decked out in medieval regalia which suited their theme perfectly.
“I would call our theme Victorian Gothic with a pinch of Steampunk, Game of Thrones and a medieval atmosphere”, began Valeria. “After we bought our clothing, we decided to turn the wedding into a themed one! We thought that it could be original and funny for everybody. We chose the Victorian Gothic simply because it was the style of our clothing and we love the style of this period. Fortunately, we have fantastic relatives and friends, so almost all the guests accepted the challenge. It’s very cool to see our wedding pictures with people in themed clothing. We didn’t expect this great participation, so we were pleasantly surprised!”
Their ceremony was held at the end of a dramatic red carpet, in the courtyard of the villa. “We were legally married the day before with just a couple of witnesses”, she explained. “So we decided to make our villa ceremony into OUR ceremony. We chose the red carpet instead of the classic white one in order to give a gothic touch. We wanted a simple, brief, romantic and original ceremony, so we decided to use some quotes from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings between the classic script. The wedding march was played by Brian May and Queen because I had always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a song played by a rock guitar. Even the end of the ceremony exit was accompanied by a revisiting of the classic wedding theme in a power metal style.”
Jo-anne and Ian were married in May. Their wedding theme was Steampunk with a splash of Alice in Wonderland, “We met at a Steampunk themed war game tournament” explained Jo-anne, “and I love all things Steampunk so it seemed very fitting.”
Ian had planned lots of things for Jo-anne while she got ready on the morning of the wedding such as love letters to open. “She got letters that I had written delivered to her by the venue staff and friends ” Ian explained, “I also built a website and kept adding things throughout the morning for her to look at, read and listen to. I think she spent the morning mostly in tears!”
All the guests also got involved and dressed up in-keeping with the theme, “The place was packed full of steampunk attired friends and family, it looked magical” Jo-ann continued. “We also lined the aisle with candles and lanterns and after we signed the register the guests threw paper planes they had made rather than confetti as we walked back down the aisle, it was just brilliant!”