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Four Nerdy Wedding Themes

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Let’s face it: nerds are cool. Superhero movies dominate the multiplex, Star Wars and Star Trek both got a reboot, everyone plays video games, and Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television shows in history. It’s a good time to be a geek. So as you’re planning your wedding, don’t be afraid to let that freak flag fly. There are plenty of ways to integrate your nerdy obsessions (hopefully ones you and your partner share) into your wedding. Here are four fun and nerdy wedding themes to consider:

Video Game

You don’t have to put the bride in a pink dress and the groom in blue overalls to have a video game wedding theme. Just make the invitations look like the starting screen of a fighting game, with the message “Player 2 Has Joined The Game!” Carry the theme through in your decorations–perhaps enlist some of your younger relatives (or friends’ kids) to make sprites out of perler beads to use as part of the bouquet. Have consoles hooked up to projectors for some reception rounds of Super Smash Bros. Then end the party with a piñata shaped like one of Mario’s coin blocks.

Star Trek

What better wish could you have for a wedding couple but “live long and prosper?” Now, we’re not suggesting you get married in full Starfleet regalia, but you can definitely dress the bridesmaids in solid-color red and blue sheath dresses that are visually reminiscent of Starfleet uniforms. In the same way, outfit the groomsmen in solid primary-color shirts. Just keep a close eye on the one in the red shirt, to avoid tragedy striking. Make sure to incorporate a Vulcan salute in your vows, and have plenty of Romulan Ale (or UV Wave Runner, which is the right shade of blue) for your guests to quaff.

Star Wars

If you’re looking to go full nerd, there aren’t many things nerdier than a Star Wars-themed wedding. But if you love Star Wars, don’t let a little nerdiness dissuade you. And unlike Star Trek, there isn’t much dignity to preserve for Star Wars, so go ahead and break out the costumes. Have Darth Vader as your officiant. List your honeymoon location as “Coruscant.” Make an Ewok your ring bearer. There are no wrong answers in Star Wars–oh, wait. Except Jar-Jar. Please don’t incorporate Jar-Jar into your wedding in any capacity.

Game of Thrones

Sure, the actual Game of Thrones TV show hasn’t had that great of luck with weddings–it seems like every time the wedding bell rings, bad things happen. You don’t have to pile up a body count at your wedding, though. You can just take fashion and color cues from the show and leave the violence behind. And consult the official recipe book for some truly fabulous reception meal ideas.

Nerds are the new cool kids, so if you have nerdy inclinations, why not indulge them on your wedding day? You’ll have a memorable ceremony that’ll be fun for everyone, and you’ll end up with some really great pictures to show your grandkids.

Truly Unusual Wedding Themes

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Test Tube Wedding FavorsThe wonderful thing about a modern wedding is it really can be anything you and your spouse want it to be–provided you can agree on what that is. Since you’re the grown-ups now, you get to decide what a wedding should look like. It can be as whimsical, nerdy, or quirky as you’d like. After all, you’re already going to be dressing up like you never would in your day-to-day life. Why not take it to the next level? Here are a few truly unusual wedding themes for the most adventurous couples.

Day of the Dead

A Halloween wedding theme might be too out there, except for the most dedicated Goth kids or heavy metal musician. But for a November wedding a Day of the Dead theme can make for a lovely wedding day. Centerpieces and bouquets can use marigolds, the traditional flower. Esqueletos, figurines of skeletons dressed in formal wear, would make fantastic cake toppers. Bright colors are a must, from the cake to the delicate cut-paper banners. Let guests decorate their own marzipan sugar skulls at the table while they wait for dinner. Day of the Dead is a celebration of life–and so is your wedding.

Harry Potter

Even though it makes us feel old to say this, folks who are getting married now most likely grew up with the Harry Potter books and films. You can bring that theme into your wedding just a little or go all the way–your save-the-dates can be themed as invitations to Hogwarts, the wedding program as the Marauder’s Map, the bride and groom in robes. Your wedding colors can be the colors of your favorite Hogwarts house, and the bridal party will have to get at least one picture where you’re all riding brooms. Bonus points if you can get a trained owl to drop off the rings.

1950’s

Poodle skirts, pompadours, and the threat of nuclear annihilation–what’s not to love about the 50’s? Put your bridesmaids in poodle skirts and the groomsmen in leather jackets. Have a soda jerk in a paper hat serve malts at the reception. Dance the night away at a sock hop reception to the sounds of early rock n’ roll and swing music. Just feel free to avoid the meat-based Jell-O dishes that were popular in that era, they really don’t need a place in your 50’s era wedding theme.

Science!

If you and your partner are inclined toward the scientific world, make science (especially mad science) your wedding theme. You can put the officiant in a lab coat, serve drinks at the reception in Erlenmeyer flasks and test tubes, and style your program as a scientific journal. If you can find a few working Jacob’s Ladders to serve as table centerpieces, that would really take your science wedding theme to the next level.

Some of your older wedding guests might find these suggestions a little too playful for such a solemn day. But you can have just as much heartfelt sentiment dressed in a wizard’s robe or a poodle skirt as you would in a froofy dress or a rented tuxedo. Follow your shared passions to come up with the wedding theme that’s just right for you.

4 Literary Wedding Themes

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Great GatsbyThere are plenty of great wedding decoration options for a bookworm bride and groom. You can make an arch out of old books, stencil your cake with literary quotes, or print your invitation RSVPs on old library cards. But if you and your partner both love a specific book or author, why not make that the specific theme of your wedding? By taking the characters and costumes from your favorite work of literature and abstracting a little for good taste, you can have a fun theme wedding that reflects one of your passions as a couple. Here are four examples of literary wedding themes:

The Great Gatsby

For a Great Gatsby wedding theme, it’s all about 20’s-era opulence. Gold and sparkle are the watchwords for decorating the reception venue, the cake, and the bridal party. The bride’s dress could have some subtle art deco detailing, or could even hint at flapper style with a dropped waist and fringe. Accessorize with a long string of pearls and finger waves in the bride’s hair and she’ll be ready to jitterbug the night away. The groom should look his dapper best in a three-piece light-colored suit, with a shirt in a contrasting color and a gold-toned tie.

Keep the gin rickeys and champagne juleps flowing at the reception, and let your guests dance the night away through a storm of gold confetti and sequins galore. A Gatsby wedding theme is a celebration of Prohibition-era excess–never mind the point of the novel is how empty that excess ultimately is.

Alice in Wonderland

For a playful couple with a love for children’s literature, a trip down the rabbit hole is the perfect theme for a wedding. Just remember not to go too literal, especially on the wedding dress and groom’s suit: you’ll look far more fabulous in a stylish, flattering outfit that hints at Alice’s dress or the Mad Hatter’s motley, rather than dressing in an outright costume.

An Alice in Wonderland wedding wouldn’t be complete without a tea party reception filled with mismatched crockery, croquet on the lawn, heart-shaped tarts, and champagne bottles that say “Drink Me.” And bonus points if your officiant reads “Jabberwocky” instead of Corinthians 13.

Shakespeare

For a Shakespeare-themed wedding, the couple’s outfits can take some subtle cues from Elizabethan fashion, but you should probably leave the tights and ruffled collars for your next trip to the Renaissance Faire. You can go for subtle variants of doublets and bodices if you must, but the real star of a Shakespearean wedding should be the words. Take those glorious romantic sonnets and soliloquies and plaster them everywhere: the backdrop to the wedding arch, the aisle runner, the tablecloths, and the cake.

Shakespeare also lends itself well to an outdoor setting like a garden or a park. Anywhere that feels like Titania and her fellow faeries might be lurking just behind the next tree has enough wonder and mystery for a Shakespearean wedding. Live music for courtly dancing is also a requirement: after all, “if music be the food of love, play on!”

Jane Austen

If the Great Gatsby’s buzzwords are “opulence, gold, sparkles,” the Jane Austen buzzwords are “light, airy, British countryside.” You’re looking for regency-era stateliness, pastel blues, luminous whites, understated elegance and luxury. At the time, couples were required to be married in the church before noon, so a morning wedding with a brunch reception would fit the bill perfectly. The groom can wear a top hat and tails without looking overly costume-y, provided the setting is right. For the bride, here’s a description of what Jane Austen’s niece wore to her wedding in 1814: “a dress of fine white muslin, and over it a soft silk shawl, white shot with primrose, with embossed white-satin flowers, and very handsome fringe, and on her head a small cap to match, trimmed with lace.” How could you be better dressed to say your vows to your own Mark Darcy?

Whether it’s the 20’s opulence of the Great Gatsby or the Victorian whimsy of Alice in Wonderland, the trick is to take your literary theme, pull some key elements, and refine them through an abstracting filter of good taste. That’s the difference between an elegant themed wedding and a child’s birthday party. Keep a little bit of dignity to ground the flight of fancy, and you’ll have a beautiful, literary day.