Inspiration: Steampunk Wedding

Back in March, I was fortunate enough to attend Alison Howard’s REFINE Workshop for wedding planners. I had a wonderful time, learned more than my brain could process in two days, and made some fantastic new friends – wedding planners from all over the country! We have kept in touch, via the magic of Facebook, and it’s been fantastic. A few days ago, Lindsay Bishop had the genius idea of an inspiration Board Challenge. So, here we are. A lovely group of female entrepreneurs supporting, challenging, and sharing with one another. It’s a little bit of magic, I think.

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be featuring a variety of inspiration boards created by our merry band of wedding planners. I am so excited to share this new feature with y’all, and for you to all get to know these ladies that I love! If they are in your area, check them out!

This week, our chosen theme was Steampunk. We all agreed that this one was out of our collective comfort zones! This one required research. Seriously.

What is Steampunk? (I heard you asking me through the inter webs). Well, The Steampunk Bride describes is thusly:

“In three short words, steampunk is Victorian Science Fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers.”

So. Yeah. It’s like time travel in both directions. :-)

This was a challenge for me, because, well, I like bright colors (hello, I had a red and coral wedding!) and most of the inspiration I found online was quite…bleak. But that’s their jam, and I can respect that!

Here’s my inspiration board:

board by Moxie Bright Events. Click thru to my Pinterest board for photo sources.

board by Moxie Bright Events. Click thru to my Pinterest board for photo sources.

Up next is the fabulous Lindsay Bishop of Lindsay Bishop Events in Tuscon, Arizona. Lindsay wanted to bring some light to what is usually a pretty dark color palette. Let’s call this one “Garden-y Steampunk”!

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board by Lindsay Bishop, Lindsay Bishop Events


The lovely Cheryl Sullivan of Cheryl Sullivan Events in Huntington, West Virginia found some color for her Steampunk inspiration! Girl, Where did you find that RED dress? I LOVE IT!

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board by Cheryl Sullivan, Cheryl Sullivan Events

Graciela Rosario of Graceful Event Planning in Boston, Massachusetts found some awesome venue inspiration. So gorgeous!

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board by Graciela Rosario, Graceful Event Planning

Beky Balboa of Balboa Weddings & Events in Riverside, California was so excited, as this was her very first inspiration board! Beky says, “These pictures gave me great starts for some awesome ideas. The dress would be in a champagne color with deep purples. Tablecloths would be black with the purple lace. Centerpieces are the books with a small lantern on top, clock and table number on each side. From the two Key pictures I would create a fun MR & MRS signs for the back of their chairs. The handled case would be on the head table and have items for the bride for the reception. The hanging lights would go over the dessert table with a skirt that was black and drk purple ruffles.” Beky, I think you KILLED it. Your board is so pretty!

board by Beky Balboa, Balboa Weddings & Events

board by Beky Balboa, Balboa Weddings & Events

Meg Cameron, an intern at Alison Howard Events in San Diego, California, created a gorgeous inspiration board! So much white, so much pretty!

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board by Meg Cameron, Alison Howard Events

So, what do you think, Brideys? Can you see yourself (and your partner) in a Steampunk wedding? Anyone out there planning a Steampunk wedding? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

And stay tuned for next weeks inspiration board challenge: Farm-to-Table!

2ndtrySIGP.S – We still have a week left in our Weddingmix DIY Videography Giveaway! What are you waiting for? Go enter!


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