Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Steampunk Weddings

First of all apologies as this week's update is a little late! First of all there were hassles with my web host (hosting the www.the-elegant-wedding.com) and then the Easter Bunny arrived, with the holidays she brings (not to mention the Easter eggs!) however we're here to talk about weddings of course, so without further ado...

This week I thought I'd write about the steampunk theme. What is steampunk? For those who don't know or have never heard of this theme before, think Victorian era meets science fiction...think Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Terry Pratchett, the latest incarnation of Sherlock Holmes in the movie theatres with Robert Downey Jr... It's Victorian dress crossed with technology and industrial machinery like steam trains and flying machines, lots of brass, copper and metal offset by velvet and lace - what a combo! And, it has a huge following. So, for couples out there who want a Steampunk-themed wedding, there are some great resources out there online for you to find, however I've tried to gather up a few for you right here to save you some trouble. :)

The dress code for the wedding party is purely Victorian. I came across a terrific place called the Steampunk Emporium which has a great range of costumes for sale. I especially love the women's Victorian outfits. It says on their website you can buy entire outfits if you like, or just separate pieces to mix and match, which I think is a better idea as it gives you more flexibility. OR, an alternative, if you are someone (or you know of someone) who is handy with a sewing machine, you could probably whip some of these costumes up yourself - but make sure you give yourself enough time to do it! I also came across this, Steampunk Your Wardrobe: Easy Projects to Add Victorian Flair to Everyday Fashions (Design Originals) which has some great ideas to adapt the clothes already sitting in your wardrobe into steampunk clothing.

   My very first Steampunk themed wedding invitation...what do you think?


...and this is the back.   


The venue? Well, anything that is already old, or can be converted to temporarily give it the Victorian theme necessary for the look. Any historical setting for hire such as old restored brick warehouses and historical mansions, museums and halls, Victorian or Edwardian-themed restaurants.

Don't forget, steampunk always includes transport of some kind, so what about an old railway carriage, trams or even hiring an entire railway station or platform? There are historical railway societies all over the globe, and there may very well be such a group in your local area too. For instance, here in Melbourne there is the wonderful Puffing Billy historical steam train that offers a train ride to an old country hall beside the railway tracks. In Melbourne we also have the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, which has a lovely Victorian feel and would be great for more intimate wedding parties. For the truly adventurous, there's always hot air ballooning! Flying machines are always featured in steampunk stories, so what could be more ideal than to either get married in one, or right next to one? And of course there are steamships, although of course, it mightn't be very easy to find a steamship at short notice! I did a little research however, and did come up these finds:

* Isles of Shoals Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions . (If you are fortunate enough to be in the vicinity of New Hampshire).

* Loch Lomond Steamship Company in Scotland;

* For Seattle brides there is the wonderful Steamer Virginia V

And finally, if you have a friend or know someone who has a boat of any kind, if you have your heart set on taking to the high seas, a little imagination and some steampunk decorating can take you a long way!

Below are some more great ideas and inspiration for your Steampunk wedding. Have a great one!! :)









Zeppelin Steampunk Wedding Invitation
Zeppelin Steampunk Wedding Invitation by youreinvited
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Vintage Crazy Balloon Poster
Vintage Crazy Balloon Poster by SharayaBrooks
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Steampunk Gears Wedding Invite, Brown
Steampunk Gears Wedding Invite, Brown by Dynamic_Weddings
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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Apologies but the host for our website is migrating servers and we're offline atm. Hopefully back soon! Have a great Easter everyone!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Country Weddings Part 2 ~~ Maldon, Vic, Australia

In part 1 of our country wedding special, we suggested a great way to host a country wedding would be to 'borrow' a friend or relative's rural property for the day. However, of course, not everybody knows someone who owns or has access to a farm. So, if you have your heart set on a country wedding, what to do, where to go?

Last week I wrote that the main attraction for couples who want a country wedding is the homespun, natural feel that country weddings provide. The rustic charm of being surrounded by leafy country lanes, wandering farm animals, rusty old sheds, hay bales and cosy farmhouses with lots of character often carries with it the most unique ingredient of all: history. That particular element isn't something you can easily find in city venues.

   The historic town of Maldon, Victoria, Australia, is both an ideal, and idyllic location for a country wedding.


So yes, look to the country for some historical, full-on charm. Nothing beats the idyllic location of a 100 year-old heritage-listed farmhouse, but why not go one step further and look for an entire heritage-listed town for an even more unique experience? Maldon, which is an old gold-mining town situated in central Victoria, Australia, not only has historical charm, but historical authenticity. Located about 130 kms northwest of Melbourne, it offers an ideal weekend away for city dwellers, but its unique atmosphere also offers an ideal location for a country wedding. Your future wedding will become part of your own family's heritage for future generations, so why not go for an authentic heritage location for your big day as well?

The picturesque main street of Maldon   


First settled in the 1850's as one of Victoria's boom towns during the Australian gold rush of the mid 19th-century, Maldon has the unique distinction of being named Australia's first Notable Town in 1966. This classifies it as a historical precinct, which means it is protected from unsympathetic development. It's a town preserved in all its historical glory, and this makes it a very special destination indeed.

   Rustic charm abounds in Maldon (picture courtesy of www.maldon.org.au)


It's not a theme park, it is a real, thriving community which offers all the essential prerequsites: history (tick) beautiful scenery (tick) charming accommodation (tick) great dining, restaurants and hotels (tick); convenience (tick - the town's main attractions, B & B's and heritage guesthouses are all within walking distance of the picturesque main street); transport (tick - Maldon boasts not only a railway station, but a perfectly restored historical one for the train buffs). Maldon's main street is itself worth the drive up from Melbourne - it was awarded a National Trust Award in 2006 for having the most 'intact historic streetscape in Victoria'.

Beautiful Fairbank House, Maldon.   


One of the best (if not the best) guesthouses in Maldon, is the magnificent Fairbank House. This grand old lady dates back to 1895. Ideal for weekend getaways, this beautiful old country house would also be an unforgettable location to hire for your wedding. It offers lots of possibilities - especially for smaller wedding parties. Depending on the weather and time of the year, you could get married in either the beautiful front garden, or inside in the lovely old drawing room (see below). You could hire local caterers to set up tables either inside or out (again, this would be most suitable for smaller wedding parties) or, another suggestion would be to use Fairbank as the location just for the ceremony, and hold your reception at one of the many heritage-listed local hotels or restaurants nearby. One suggestion is the delightful Penny School, a heritage listed old school house which has been converted into a restaurant/art gallery. It caters for both large and small functions, and is a stone's throw away from the main street, and a two-minute drive from Fairbank.

The possibilities are truly endless for a weekend away in Maldon staying at Fairbank. It would also make a great venue for a girls' weekend away or overnight accommodation for a hen's night or bridal shower, being within walking distance of the main street's excellent country pubs. It would also make a wonderful venue for an engagement party weekend. One thing's for sure, you and your guests will be guaranteed an unforgettable experience packed with vintage charm and Victorian elegance, and a stunning location everyone will be talking about for a long, long time afterwards.



I hope you enjoyed reading about beautiful Maldon. Next week, our theme will be Steampunk weddings, which should be a lot of fun!

In the meantime, once again here are some suggestions for creating your own country wedding, with customized country-themed and vintage wedding invitations and favors from Zazzle, to give you some inspiration ~~







Our Vintage Wedding Postage Stamp
Our Vintage Wedding Postage Stamp by GeekInk
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Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation
Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation by Trifecta_Designs
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Rustic Country Wedding Invitations Horses Wagon
Rustic Country Wedding Invitations Horses Wagon by OldCountryStore
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Vintage Modern Typography Ticket Wedding Invite
Vintage Modern Typography Ticket Wedding Invite by samack
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