Category Archives: themed weddings

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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candytopweddingdress

Carnival inspired wedding dress by Patterns Optional

 

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fairytalecottonweddingdress

Fairytale inspired cotton wedding dress by Wedding Dress Bridal

 

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steampunkvictorianweddinggown

Steampunk victorian wedding gown by Chrisst

 

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bohemianblackwhiteweddinggown

Bohemian wedding gown by Kata Kovacs

 

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corsetweddinggown

Corset wedding gown by Wedding Dress Fantasy

 

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18thcenturystyleweddinggown

18th century style wedding gown by Miss Lisa 1867

 

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vintagekimonoweddingdress

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

Summer Circus Wedding

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 )

Butterflies For Your Love

By EdenGallery

For my latest blog, I grabbed one of my favorite images by photographer Sara Moon. This image inspired me to brainstorm why the butterfly might just be ideal for your offbeat wedding.

Depictions of butterflies in art have been around seemingly forever. Butterflies have been found in Egyptian hieroglyphs created 3500 years ago. As long as they have been in art they have represented more than just an insect. According to Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, butterflies personify a person’s soul. The ancient Greek word for butterfly primarily means “soul” or “mind”. In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love. Finally, there is the obvious idea of a caterpillar creating its chrysalis and turning into a butterfly which can represent a transition in life for anyone especially a bride to be.

Butterfly and Chinese wisteria flowers c.970

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Now, on to the wedding items!

Edible butterflies for your cake by Sugar Robot

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92142086/the-original-edible-butterflies-large?ref=ss_listing

Vintage Botanical Butterfly Invitations by Sunshine and Ravioli

http://www.etsy.com/listing/91970144/vintage-wedding-invitation-botanical

Butterfly Leather Cufflinks by NostalgicLinks

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/88715668/butterfly-leather-cufflinks?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5469513

Butterflies for your hair from katesCottage2

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/62987613/one-handmade-dupioni-silk-butterfly-hair?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

Yellow and Orange Sunflower with Butterfly Kanzashi Hairband by Kittykanzashi

http://www.etsy.com/listing/37957414/yellow-and-orange-sunflower-kanzashi?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5499966

A butterfly dress by LisaSeraphin

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/71557117/circular-skirt-dress-inspired-marilyn

Butterfly mask by Artisian Maskers

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/75172134/sale-la-chantefleurie-ooak-collaborative?ga_search_query=butterfly&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5354728

I hope my selections help you in your wedding search and that any wedding woes flit by on the wings of butterflies!

Eden Gallery

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facebook.com/EdenGallery

twitter.com/EdenGalleryArt

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Team Work

By DelaneyJewelryDesign

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?

NO WAY!

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

Art Deco Done Richly

Art Deco (1920’s) style is a favorite of many Wed Eclectic team members.  Here are a few rich visuals to get you in the loving mood too! Art Deco Bezel Set Old European Cut Diamond Engagement  Ring 2.01 Carats Circa 1930's

1920's Flapper inspired Wedding Gown

Art Deco Antique Bracelet 1920s, High Art Deco JewelryAntique Vintage 20s Ivory-Creme Silk Scalloped Floral Net Lace Flapper Wedding Dress, Silk Rosettes, Old Hollywood Art Deco, WOW

GLAMOUR AMORE Deco gown REDUCEDCirca 1920's Pendant Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>Carnival Themed Weddings – A Break from the Traditional

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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

Exotic Snake Charmer/Queen from MoonshineBaby

Tiny Topper for the Ring from DelightWorthy

Stephanie Farley
www.LaCocoRouge.com
www.facebook.com/lacocorouge

>Meet Kitty of KittyKanzashi

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Tsumami Hana Kanzashi – Folded Fabric Flower Hair Ornaments
Aren’t you always looking for something unique?  The one little touch that expresses who you are while being beautiful and unexpected.  Kanzashi ornaments are the perfect touch for anyone that has a love of Japanese culture and artwork.  Kitty designs and creates some of the most spectacular pieces I have ever seen!!!  Feel confident that if you love it even a little Kitty has put a tone of love into making the piece.  I think this is a good luck charm.
Kiru Rise-Japanese Hair Ornament-Bridal Tiara(Tsumami Kanzashi)
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!!!

Candy Amore-Kanzashi inspired hairband and buttonhole flower
Candy Amore
Blue Beach-Kanzashi inspired hairclip
Blue Beach Kanzashi Hair Clip
From Kitty:
I’m a struggling trainee accountant who is making ends meet with her kanzashi.  

My life (and my flat) is full of all things Japanese and as an avid collector and wearer of kimono one can not complete an outfit without a kanzashi.  However I just couldn’t find the kanzashi I wanted so I began to make them and soon they began to fill every space I had remaining.  

After giving a few of my kanzashi away as gifts to my friends and being made redundant from my work, I decided that rather then waiting for the right job to turn up, I would turn my hobby into my work.  Thus Kitty Kanzashi was born.

Apart from day dreaming about kanzashi and kimono, I enjoy cooking!  Whether it is cakes or stews, there is nothing more relaxing then taking your frustrations out on some food especially if I am making bread which is my mini food project at the moment.
And for my geeky side, I play computer games on my PS3 and watch anime.

Well Kitty I personally love your work and look forward to what you have up your beautiful Kimono sleeve!

Find Kitty here:

>Wedding Day Transportation – Take the Journey in Unexpected Ways

>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.

Too cute!
Vintage romantic?
Cute Wedding Car
His and Hers?
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1949 Chevy Stylin’

Krissy
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives

>The Gypsy life is calling to me

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I’m feeling something in the air…the gypsies are calling to me.  The urge to travel and collect shiny gaudy baubles as I go.  The bohemian trend is making way for a more in your face gypsy trend.  Patterns, large statement jewelry, bright colors and lace combine to make this an interesting time in fashion.  Can you close your eyes and feel the fire on your face while the family sings?  Maybe it is just longing for the warm summer months…hmmmmmmm.  
OOAK Vintage Lace Handmade Dress Altered Couture Cotton Doilies Upcycled
Gypsy wedding dress
Try something new with this upcycled wedding dress made of doilies.  
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Gypsy night
Honeymoon in your own Gypsy caravan.
Seville Romance Venus Goddess Plum Peony Garland Motif Hippie Bohemian Dusty Olive Grayish Gold  Maxi Satin Dress Gown
Gypsy Dress by bohemianhippies
Bridesmaids wouldn’t mind wearing this dress.
you make lovin fun
Jacket by Girlonavine
The Daring Debutante-Masses of Chains, Beads and Rhinestone Statement Necklace
Statement necklace by MorticiaSnow

Keep up with my daydreams:

@makebelieven
Krissy
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives LLC