Category Archives: steampunk

Vintage Simplicity

By SteampunkWedding

Brides and grooms are busy!  Careers, families, and schedules!  How can a couple plan a wedding that’s fun and relaxing?

Try a vintage wedding in classic grey with Victorian flair!  A steampunk theme is easy to do and fun for guests of all ages.  In fact, the pictures of the guests at this steampunk wedding are fantastic.  I wish my wedding was captured this well, especially the kids and the grandparents, see more below!

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The place to start with industrial chic style is with a wonderful set of vintage silver lace stationery! These keepsakes will set the tone and mood for all the special days ahead.  Rustic notes highlight Victorian lace, but also are reminiscent of a time gone by.  This is how the bride and groom can inspire their guests to dress in steampunk style!

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Next! A beautiful location! Pick something with options for good and bad weather.  The featured couple chose a Victorian era home serving as a fine restaurant with a large gorgeous wooden gazebo. Top priority for a fun wedding is a great location!  A train museum or a historic train station is ideal.  However, most outdoor locations put visitors at ease.  This boat dock sits aside a small pond in a country setting.

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Gifts and inspired trinkets for the bridesmaids and groomsmen will help them with costs.  Starting with the beaus, they can all wear comfortable shoes or boots – they’ll LOVE this!  In their ‘dress’ clothes they can select a vest and a family heirloom pocket watch.  A vintage hat or goggles are also nice.  Regular flowers won’t last long outdoors, so I recommend metal creations instead!

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For the bride and her entourage, we’ve found beautiful hair extensions in to recreate turn-of-the-century braids.  The glamour from past makes all the sci-fi or western touches to the steampunk fashion more feminine.  Fascinators crown your ladies perfectly! I know opt hats are all the rage, but they are very hot for summer weddings.  So, choose a mini- top hat or a feather fascinator for your bridesmaids, they’ll thank you for it!

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Gifts for the bridesmaids and of course, the maid of honor can also follow a this vintage Victorian theme.  Choose a necklace, like this one-of-a-kind cameo for any special lady.  In fact, this one is resin and reasonably priced, so your flower girl could wear it!

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This grey satin clutch with ivory lace is a gift your bridesmaid and maid of honor can carry for many other occasions.  I really like the dark grey lining!  This will forgive an ink pen or other spills and still look fabulous!

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Saving the best for last, we recommend handcrafted rings in hammered silver with conflict-free diamonds in three different colors: champagne, white, and black.  This eclectic alternative for traditional wedding bands is easy on the budget, leaving lots for the honeymoon!

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Acknowledgements:

All photos are used with permission of photographer: Ian Danziger http://www.ibd-designs.com/

WedEclectic Team Members:

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Offbeat Wedding Gowns

by ForestCandleStudio

Gorgeous, fun, unusual…does this describe what you want to wear on your wedding day?

Perhaps one of these unique, custom-made wedding gowns will be perfect for you!

 

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Carnival inspired wedding dress by Patterns Optional

 

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Fairytale inspired cotton wedding dress by Wedding Dress Bridal

 

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Steampunk victorian wedding gown by Chrisst

 

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Bohemian wedding gown by Kata Kovacs

 

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Corset wedding gown by Wedding Dress Fantasy

 

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18th century style wedding gown by Miss Lisa 1867

 

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Wedding dress with vintage kimono fabric by Shantique

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Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Steampunk bride captures color trends and the beauty of the peacock!

By SteampunkWedding

Eclectic weddings are individual, distinctive, and often a singular moment for the bride to the focus of the fanfare, especially if she’s starring in a steampunk wedding!  Our first blog about steampunk discussed some of the basics: literature, Victorian-era fashion, and the finest craftsmanship in metals, leathers, and fabrics.  Today I am lucky to share gorgeous dress created by seamstress Lisa Sauter with photography by Ian Danziger.

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Our steampunk bride’s unique dress is made from many different fabrics in metallics of jewel tones.  When blended together they reflect all the varying colors in a peacock feather.

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In fact, peacock feathers are found in our bride’s fascinator.  Many different styles are available so steampunk wedding parties have several from which to choose.

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Peacock feathers are exotic and reminiscent of some Victorian society’s love of things ‘Oriental’.  According to enthusiasts peacocks are native to southern Asia and Malaysia.

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These colorful birds were “kept for centuries by people first in China and then in Europe and America. The Phoenicians brought the peacock to Egypt more than three thousand years ago. Historical records indicate that Solomon kept several peacock species, among other pheasants, with the India Blue being his favorite peacock.”

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Peafowl were extensively raised by the Romans and in medieval Europe, explains Laurie M. Johnson, editor of Gamebird.com. This look can be found today in current artisans.

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The deep blue colors in the feathers are reflected in many other steampunk accessories.  Steampunk embraces science and nature quite often, which is sure to enhance the eclectic bride, groom and wedding party.  Don’t shy away from butterflies or even eye balls!

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Our bride is obviously setting fashion trends ahead of her time, since PANTONE’s color selections for spring and fall 2013 include her signature hues.

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“With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall.”

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“Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look,” see PANTONE link below.

The bride’s dark black hair is stunning, however, many brides may want to add classic braids for the appearance of length.  Again, looking to our fashion trends for 2013, we can turn to elegant deeper shades.

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Last, but certainly not least, are a few more steampunk wedding details, but these are for the tables!  First, the ‘key’ to a good start is to be sure family and friends find each other and mingle at your events.  This is easily accomplished with personalized key placecards.

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Another definite ‘keeper’ is this pillow box – perfect for tea, poems, or even gift cards!

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I am so very grateful to Ian Danziger for his generosity, information on the seamstress, and hope his work is as inspiring to you as it has been for me!

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LINKS:

Seamstress who created the dress, Lisa Sauter:

https://www.facebook.com/WirSindDieRoboter

Photographer, Ian Danziger:

www.ibd-designs.com/

Peacock historical information, Laurie M. Johnson

http://www.gamebird.com/peacock.html

Color trends by PANTONE:

http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr.aspx?pg=21057&ca=4

Pinterest Board:

http://pinterest.com/dalyndamarie/steampunk-peacock/

Etsy Treasury:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ5ODEzMjl8MjcyMTM3MDQ3OQ/steampunk-wedding-in-gorgeous-peacock?ref=pr_treasury

WedEclectic Treasury

Check out this gorgous Peacock themed WedEclectic treasury created by SteampunkWedding!

 

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Steampunk Wedding: Victorian with Vintage Science & Science-fiction

By SteampunkWedding

New brides across the globe are embracing the feminine lace and long gloves from an era in our past when craftsmanship was king.  Fine linens, leather, copper and other metals meant our accoutrements would last a life-time.  As you plan your wedding you hope your photos, vows and memories will last a life-time as well.  So, step away from plastics and disposables of the 21st century and back to the future that never was, Steampunk!

What is steampunk? It is a popular culture with roots in time-travel science fiction.  Lots of ink has been spilled trying to define this growing trend; a google search will bring up new retail data from IBM [insert link] which has been echoed online in Forbes and Time publications.  However, a better piece written by author James Blaylock is in Huffington Post. [insert link].

Why is this wonderful? Steampunks choose the best parts of industrialization and/or Victorian fashion.  Multiculturalism and creativity are fully realized for the first time in the re-write of the 1800’s.  This energy can be harnessed in wedding plans!

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For the Bride ~

This growing wedding trend is a wonderful way to weave the natural world into your ceremony.  Be creative!  For example, feathers make your day natural, timeless, and gorgeous!

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Unique and up-cycled are the best way to begin your new lives together.  Look to your favorite literature or film for inspiration.  This heart-shaped necklace is reminiscent of Metropolis, Iron Giant, or even 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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While planning your steampunk wedding, remember, the ‘punk’ is best part! Especially for your wedding day!  Ergo don’t be afraid to let your personal spirit shine!  Shakespeare and your new mother-in-law will approve of these roses!

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Corsets are worn on the outside of your clothing in steampunk!  Rustic fabrics in dark colors will accentuate and cinch your waist! Corsets are designed and created in many materials including tapestry or leather.  Don’t be afraid!  They are actually rather comfortable and can offer great back support!

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For the Groom ~

When you dress up your broom-to-be, is he a bit of a Mad Hatter?  Think Jules Verne!  Does the man of your dreams still have his Grandfathers pocket watch? Or vintage cuff links?  Start with these special items.

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If your groom is a veteran, he may not want to marry in his ‘dress blues’, but you can incorporate their accomplishments and travels with maps and military trimmings.  No camouflage, but dress uniforms are perfect for the steampunk look!

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He may want a hat with goggles – steampunk necessities for many explorers.  Top hats, bowlers, even engineer hats can work.  Again, try to use something from your attic.  Start with his father’s old hat, then get him the rose-colored-glasses he’ll need for his new married life! 😉 Extra magnification never hurts – as seen here.

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Family & friends from times gone by ~

Lastly, embrace your friends and family from days gone by.  An old photograph of possibly your grandparents or great-grandparents’ wedding is the perfect bridal bouquet charm.  This is a great way to include a family member who cannot make the occasion.  This keepsake will live on many years and be cherished by generations to follow.

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Links:

Business News Daily: ‘Steampunk’ Goes Mainstream in 2013

6:30 AM ET   By: Ned Smith, BusinessNewsDaily Senior Writer

Are you ready to get “steampunked”? Retailers attending the National Retail Federation Convention in New York yesterday (Jan. 14) got an ear-load, and eye-load, from researchers about the next big trend steaming toward the retail industry. Based on an analysis of more than half a billion public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, IBM predicted that ”steampunk” will be the next major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3751-steampunk-retail-trend-ibm.html

BizReport.com: IBM predicts birth of a trend – steampunk by Helen Leggatt

Retailers are constantly on the lookout for the ‘next big thing’ and, according to IBM, it’s becoming easier for these trends to be spotted way before markets become saturated thanks to the use of social and sentiment analysis. IBM thinks it knows what the next big trend will be – Steampunk.

http://www.bizreport.com/2013/01/ibm-predicts-birth-of-a-trend—steampunk.html#

[Forbes echoed IBM: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2013/01/15/fashions-biggest-trend-in-2013-2015-as-predicted-by-ibm-steampunk/#more-4316 ]

 

[Time echoed IBM: http://style.time.com/2013/01/17/will-steampunk-really-be-the-next-big-fashion-trend/ ]

 

Huffington Post: On Steampunk Posted: 01/17/2013 8:39 am by James Blaylock

[Review of steampunk literary past from 1985.]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-blaylock/on-steampunk_b_2494561.html

A bit of inspiration from a fun, alternative bridal photoshoot : )

By ClayBouquetShop

I have planned to include alternative brides in my advertising for awhile, and finally had the opportunity to include models willing to have fun with this idea earlier this year. Here are some photos to enjoy…and possibly use as inspiration. : )

We had multiple outfits available for models, some more traditional than others, so many models appear more than once. The models had loads of fun in the wardrobe room changing from one outfit into another, accessorizing their attire, and wandering around Turkey Hill Inn for photos by the different photographers. : )

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Veil by Chaos Couture 

Haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Jacket by Blooms In The Night

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Gloves and lace neck wrap (eye mask) by KVO Design

Bouttonniere by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Hair Flower by Chaos Couture

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Fascinator by Chaos Couture

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Fingerless gloves and Lace neck corset by KVO Design

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Layered skirt by Blooms In The Night

Accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Corset and skirt by Mayfaire Moon

Bouquet and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet and accessories by ClayBouquetShop

Bouquet, haircomb and jewelry by ClayBouquetShop

Lace eye mask and cuffs by KVO Design

Bouquet charm by DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Skirt handcrafted by the model (Elderberry)!

(Yes, I told her that she should open up an Etsy shop, too!)

Thank you to all of our participants!

(listed alphabetically)

Photographers

www.brianbortnickphotography.com

www.flowingcolor.com

www.janeniziolphotography.com

www.metroglamourstudio.com/

www.modelmayhem.com/MichaelLawrencePhotography

www.facebook.com/steven.otte

www.steelcityphotography.com

http://stillsinfashion.com/

Hair Stylists

Allison Tegano

www.nazbeauty.com

www.vervenj.com

www.theupdoguru.com

Make Up Artists

KimmV  MM# 2357138

www.MaganSethi.com

www.facebook.com/makeupbynessa

www.nazbeauty.com

SK Faceworks Makeup MM# 2213330

Models

Andie-Nicole

Ava

Courtney

Elderberry

Jacqueline

Jamie

Kattia

Nicole

Rachell

Stephanie

April Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

EdenGallery

They create Steampunk Art, Jewelry, & Curiosities – Gearwork bouttonieres, fascinators, jewelry, paintings…and more! They would be perfect accessories for your unique wedding, for wearing everyday, or for decorating your home.

Take a look at some of their designs…. : )

Bouttonnieres

Fascinators…

And Jewelry…

They have graciously offered a Vintage Style Beaded Headpiece, a $28 value!

This giveaway will run until midnight, April 30th, but don’t wait!

Your initial entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from EdenGallery’s shop

Extra entries for comments indicating that you: (Please include your email, handle, etc for verification & contacting you when you win!)

Heart  EdenGallery’s shop

Friend/Like EdenGallery on Facebook

Follow EdenGallery on Twitter

Tumble with them on Tumblr EdenGallery

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here)

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here)

Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here)

Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here)

The giveaway is open worldwide, however, any additional charges for international shipping would be the responsibility of the winner. Shipping in the US is included in the giveaway.

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on May 1st via email with the good news!

>Meet The Edens

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Meet Deanna and Jon Eden of Eden Gallery!  This husband and wife team create amazing Steampunk wedding accessories, vintage styled head wear, and Surrealist original artwork.  
Steampunk Brooch Boutonniere or Pin
Steampunk Gear Boutonniere

If Steampunk is not your thing these sweet and romantic Art Deco/1930s style head pieces surely are.

Vintage Style Beaded Headpiece
Beaded Headband

Not in the market for wearable awesomeness?  Buy your wall something to show off.

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Surrealistic Oil Painting – The Philosopher

>Confessions of a Seam Ripper

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Consider this a very brief primer on upcycling /recycling dispelling a common misconception..

Recycled items should cost less.

This is probably one of the most common. You can go the DIY route then and yes it will be smaller cash outlay.Upcycling ,however, is a labor intensive process and as we’ve all heard ‘time is money’.

If you are working with textiles the amount of ‘woman hours’ that go into finding what you need is staggering .I go to my local thrift stores sometimes several times a week because good stuff gets purchased right away.(okay I like going too!) Usually I have a mental list of what I am looking for but keeping an open mind if I see something worthwhile. For me this tends to be any silk garment with an interesting color and sometimes pattern, though I usually go for the solids. For someone else it might be lace, or broken jewelry but you get the idea.

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Once purchased and after cleaning you sit down with the most important tools in your arsenal-the very high tech seam ripper. And a good pair of scissors. If you have ever had to take out stitching then you know how tedious it can be. It is a time suck to be sure but there is no way around it. Again-time is money.

It is easier to buy yard goods and cut your pieces from a nice flat consistent width fabric but they just don’t make fabrics like they used to or if they do they are prohibitively expensive, possibly milled in sweatshop conditions and spewing chemicals in to our environment.(Moment of gently preaching here)

So you see how much time and care goes in to preparation for an upcycled garment. I haven’t even gotten into the design process and the making process so you see that this is a large amount of labor. A labor of love.

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>Man-cessorize Your Wedding!

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Accessorizing for the men in your wedding can be a challenge, but there are a lot of options out there, if you know where to look!
Cravats are available in almost any fabric, in any color. They take the place of the traditional bow tie, or neck tie, and look fantastic with a white shirt! These silk cravats by ElegantAscot are an excellent alternative to a tie, and are easily customizable to your colors!



Cufflinks add a flair of the formal to your event, and men’s shirts with french cuffs are not difficult to find. Cufflinks of nearly every style can be found on Etsy, and most artists are willing to make matching sets for the groomsmen, like these from NorthwykeCreations.




And how about avoiding the traditional flower boutonniere, and try something new? Many options are available to allow you to spread your wedding theme a little further.
What better choice than the summery pinwheels made by Rule42?


We at Offbeat Etsy Weddings are here to help you make your day everything you hoped it would be. Let us know if you’re looking for something, and we will be thrilled to help you find it!