Category Archives: themed weddings
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!
Carnival inspired wedding dress by Patterns Optional
Fairytale inspired cotton wedding dress by Wedding Dress Bridal
Steampunk victorian wedding gown by Chrisst
Bohemian wedding gown by Kata Kovacs
Corset wedding gown by Wedding Dress Fantasy
18th century style wedding gown by Miss Lisa 1867
Wedding dress with vintage kimono fabric by Shantique
Happy Wedding Wishes,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
Another definite ‘keeper’ is this pillow box – perfect for tea, poems, or even gift cards!
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!
Seamstress who created the dress, Lisa Sauter:
Photographer, Ian Danziger:
Peacock historical information, Laurie M. Johnson
Color trends by PANTONE:
Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot. Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!
First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride. She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!
Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…
A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…
And, then, the gang’s all here! Time for the party to START!
So, what do YOU think? Could a Circus be in your marital future? ;D
Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!
Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles
Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop
Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS
Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs
Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets
(Not pictured: Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )
Marriage is team work.
Two people with different backgrounds, and different outlooks on life, vow to work together.
Some would say that means you sacrifice part of yourselves in order to achieve something greater.
But does that include sports?
Not for this couple.
She grew up in a Penn State household.
And he grew up in a Syracuse household.
So they decided to embrace their differences and combine their team colors; orange and blue.
(Cake topper by MagicMud)
There are so many clever, subtle ways to incorporate a sports theme into any wedding.
Stefanie and Andy used team colors and blended them together for their wedding and reception.
Even members of their bridal party participated in their team spirit.
Their rings arrived at the altar on pillows in their favorite teams color.
Flower Girls carried baskets in both teams colors.
The reception chairs were decorated with orange and blue ribbons which allowed them to seat their families in support of the appropriate team.
They used candles for table decorations in both orange and blue and incorporated the colors into their floral arrangements.
They even dressed their bridesmaid’s and groomsmen in blended team colors.
I love the shoes and socks guys.
It’s a casual, laid-back spin on a very elegant celebration.
There are all kinds of decorations, paper products, and gift ideas for sports themed weddings.
If a sports themed wedding is the special touch you are looking for, here are a few more ideas to help:
- Invitations can be themed as tickets to a big game
- Play by play programs
- Consider getting married at a local stadium
- Mini baseball bat, or tennis racquet boutonnieres
- Bridal parties in partial uniforms such as baseball caps, or jerseys
- Stadium foods at reception such as peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, etcetera
It’s summer time and you know what that means!
The carnival is coming to town and you have a wedding to plan 🙂
Themed weddings can be a break from the traditional church going crowd.
Imagine having a Pie-in-your-Face stand instead of the traditional smearing of the cake all over your significant other. Or how about fresh popped popcorn as a welcome munchie? We know the birdies like it better than rice.
From the invitations to the person who pronounces you husband and wife (or ringmaster and ringmistress) you can have a themed wedding to fill your carny desires!
Fabulous Hair from PuppyCatMeow
Carny Masque from ArtisanMaskers
|Kiru Rise Japanese Kanzashi Ornament|
Each hair clip and/or ornament can be created in any color or combination of colors. Kitty loves creating works of Kanzashi art for any reason!!!
|Blue Beach Kanzashi Hair Clip|
>The classic limo with dark tinted windows may be a first choice for many wedding couples but I urge you to travel in unexpected ways. Mainly for the memories only unique choices give. Here are a few of my favorites from the big ol’ internet. Don’t forget that your personal vehicle is always an option but MAKE SURE you dress it up in some fun and funky way.
|His and Hers?|
|1949 Chevy Stylin’|
|Gypsy wedding dress
Try something new with this upcycled wedding dress made of doilies.
Honeymoon in your own Gypsy caravan.
|Gypsy Dress by bohemianhippies
Bridesmaids wouldn’t mind wearing this dress.
|Jacket by Girlonavine|
|Statement necklace by MorticiaSnow|
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