Monday, April 22, 2013

Geeky Themes

I ran across an article by The Knot called What's Hot! New Wedding Themes for 2013. Naturally, I was interested. What inspired me to write this post was their definition of a "Geeked-Out" theme. What they describe there, I would call a Techie Theme.
Having an awesome website, virtual guests, and a QR code on your save-the-dates all sounds awesome, but there's so much more to "geeking out" than whipping out what new technology you have.
Here are a couple more theme ideas for those who wish to honor their geekdom:

Star Wars

A very specific theme, but there are different approaches you can take. The most obvious is taking either the Empire's side with the bride dressed as Padme and the groom as Darth Vader (or Anakin), or taking the Jedi's side with Princess Leia and Han Solo.
You can also just take inspiration from Star Wars and use the title crawl style font on your invitations and/or menu cards, sprinkle stars everywhere, and use a light saber to cut your Death Star cake.

Harry Potter

Think castles and wands and robes. Don't forget to insist your officiant wear a very long beard. Empty owl cages and a variety of brooms would make nice decor. Preston Castle might be the perfect place for this kind of theme in Sacramento.

Check out a few more themes here. They aren't quite as geeky, but there's nothing stopping you from making them so.

Monday, April 8, 2013

How to accept yourself in your wedding

In this day and age, there has been a much broader definition of what's being considered "normal." Normalcy is a matter of perspective, but let's consider what popular media finds is abnormal.

Geeks are a great example of this. How many TV shows are out there about geeks and nerds now? Gamers are high on the popularity charts too.

Get rid of the labels

I could label myself as a geek, nerd, gamer, etc. But why should anyone have to label themselves like that? Most importantly, you are you! A certain personality does not exclude you from anything.

Remember your hobbies and interests

If you absolutely love the Mario games, then why not add some of that, who you are, into your wedding? Search Pinterest for "Mario Wedding" and you'll see what I mean. If you'd like to see other theme ideas, take a look at Eclectic Weddings' Pinterest Boards.
If your favorite color is black, don't let what you usually see in the wedding magazines stop you from having it as the main color in your wedding. No, you do not have to wear a white wedding dress! My wedding dress will be a dark red.
This goes the other way around too. If you truly wish to have the traditional white wedding, accepting who you are and what you want will free you to do so.

This is YOUR wedding

You may run up against those who believe "you probably should..." or "wouldn't it be better if..." and insist that you take their advice. Suggestions are fine, but remember that this is your wedding and you have the freedom to make it how you want it. Consider their advice then politely smile and nod and change the subject.

When in doubt, hire a Wedding Planner

Wedding planners are not only there to help you plan your wedding, they are there for emotional support, to help guide you in creating your dream wedding vision, and to help relieve stress.