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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
All photos are used with permission of photographer: Ian Danziger http://www.ibd-designs.com/
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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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huffington Post: On Steampunk Posted: 01/17/2013 8:39 am by James Blaylock
[Review of steampunk literary past from 1985.]