With rumors flying around that Napster founder Sean Parker and his wife recently got married Game of Thrones style (he reportedly enlisted the help of The Lord of the Rings costume designer to make clothes for the guests), it makes you wonder just what else you can do with a white dress and a traditional veil. Just how creative can your nuptials get?

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What exactly is a medieval wedding? For some, it means taking on J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision and turning it into a reality. For others, it’s more historical in nature and involves sifting through centuries' worth of accounts. Whatever you have in mind and to whatever extent you wish to pursue your medieval wedding, here are a few tips that could help you out:

1. Do your research.

The first thing you need to do is research. We suggest you and your husband-to-be watch a marathon of Game of Thrones, Merlin, The Tudors, and The Lord of the Rings. Check out costume designer Joan Bergin’s interview on designing for The Tudors here as well!

2. Choose your dress and your venue wisely.

Your medieval wedding hinges on two very important factors: your dress and the venue. Fashion in the middle ages is somewhat conservative; most dresses graze the floor and come with sleeves attached, but you don't have to follow everything to a T. Incorpoate only details that you're comfortable with.

When looking for a venue, consider buildings with a lot of history, preferably ones constructed with stone. Anything too modern would only make you and the rest of your entourage feel out of place.

3. Pay close attention to detail.

Napkins with your coat of arms embroidered on them, soft flute music, colorful stones on your tiara or circlet—these little details are what will separate your wedding from a run-of-the-mill renaissance fair.

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(Photo of wedding wreath by Martha Sarah via Flickr Creative Commons, photo of chalice from Trond Noren Isaksen via Yvonne Rose on Pinterest, photo of wedding dress from Wedding Social Networking via FresnoWeddings.Net California Weddings on Pinterest, photo of chairs from Intramuros.nl via oh.how.chic on Pinterest, photo of lace from 1.bp.blogspot.com via Idanis Vazquez on Pinterest, photo of coat of arms from Ebay via LaNell on Pinterest)


A sci-fi wedding is the ultimate fan girl indulgence, but as much as you want to go all out, you need to keep your nuptials from turning into a full-blown comic-con. To do that, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Make it formal or semi-formal.

Ask your friends to dress up for your wedding. Yes, they may come as their favorite character, but don’t let them come in a t-shirt and jeans. After all, they're still attending a wedding--even your favorite sci-fi characters dress up for such an important occasion!

2. Announce the sci-fi theme right from the start.

Not everyone will understand what a sci-fi wedding is going to be like, so make sure it’s indicated clearly on the invitation. Offer to help family members, especially the older ones, with what they might wear. You might also want to consider sending them an informative pamphlet that can double as a souvenir.

3. Go unconventional.

The beauty of a sci-fi wedding is that no one expects you to be traditional. You can do away with flowers and go for laser light shows; you can wear a gown made of plexi glass instead of a traditional white dress. Instead of table numbers, use planet names. This is your chance to get really creative with your wedding!

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(Photo of cuff links from oddee.com via Dianne Brown on Pinterest, photo of Storm Trooper by Sylvia McFadden via Flickr Creative Commons, photo of illuminated face by SweetPea and Fay via Pinterest , photo of sci-fi invite from visualizeus via Jeanette Huffman on Pinterest, photo from boingboing.net by Rocket! on Pinterest)

Vintage weddings are getting more and more popular these days, which makes it both a good thing and a bad thing. While it's definitely easier to source materials now (mason jars, anyone?), it can be hard making your wedding stand out from everyone else's. Here are a few tips to help make your nuptials unforgettable.

1. Go for a unique color theme.

Tired of baby blues and varying shades of pink? Go for a more eye-catching color scheme. Try using mint and coral, lime and purple, or even turqoise, aqua, and citrus. Who says vintage weddings require pastel colors?

2. Borrow from the family vault.

As much as possible, incorporate real vintage pieces into your look. Go through your mother's and your grandmother's jewelry box to see if there are any pieces you can wear to the wedding. Each one has a story, and that alone makes everything all the more special.

3. Encourage everyone to follow the theme.

The best vintage weddings are those where everyone follows the dress code. Staying faithful to the theme will really make everyone feel like they're in a bygone era.

(Photo of couple from sphotos via Holly Simmons on Pinterest, photo of banner from simpleregistry via Simple Registry on Pinterest, photo of Scrabble letters by Marie Maurrasse via Pinterest, photo of mason jars from simpleregistry via Simple Registry on Pinterest)

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