Steampunk Weddings — What is a Steampunk Wedding?

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A Steampunk wedding is the perfect marriage of science and history — vintage and futuristic. It’s the Victorian era on steroids. It’s truly back to the future in idea and finds it’s roots as far back as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wild Wild West , Around the World in 80 Days and City of Lost Children are a few older examples that can help acclimate you to the Steampunk style and genre.

What is Steampunk Style?

The world of Steampunk uses steam-powered known and unknow gadgets and machines as it’s main source of power. It celebrates style, science and invention. The late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution and where Victorians might have thought society and science were headed is a general description.

It’s based (mostly) on Victorian era style clothing that might include corsets, bustles and hats for ladies and top hats, vests and pocket watches for men. There are no steadfast rules to Steampunk style, just your unique interpretation.

As an added bonus, it’s also a “green” or eco friendly theme in that Steampunk style is about reusing and repurposing vintage objects and items — giving them a new life.

Think gears, cogs, steam engines, clocks, crude robots, flying machines, — it’s a techonological anachronism — misplaced objects in time — but on purpose. That makes the Steampunk style alternate history or alternate future to what we know to be actual history.

It’s fun, whimsical and taken very seriously by those that live and celebrate the style, at least part of the time.

So, the next question is:

How can I use a Steampunk Theme for my Wedding?

A Steampunk wedding infuses elements from the style into many different aspects of their wedding celebration. From wedding save the dates and invitations, to decor, cakes, and attire, the Steampunk style is injected.

For invitations/save the dates, something like the examples below are perfect:

Steampunk Wedding Stationery

For decor options, include vintage items mixed with ready made Steampunk style items. Create vignettes at the guestbook, cake table, buffets and etc…

Steampunk Wedding Decor

Attire can be a mix of costume accessories and straight-up bridal fashions. Here’s a few items to get you started:

Steampunk Wedding Attire

Cakes for a Steampunk wedding are truly unique! Get inspired to come up with your own individual design. (Baker credit/link below each cake)

steampunk wedding cake

Cake by Christopher Garren’s Cakes

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Cake by Truly Scrumptious Cakes


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Cake by With Love and Confection


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by The Sweet Life Bakery

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About the Author

About the Author: With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are! .


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