Weddings are usually a time for a big poofy white dress, flowers, and matching bridesmaid dresses. But a nerd wedding is a time to do whatever you want and that’s exactly what I did. I recently got married and followed my own advice. I, the bride, as Wonder Woman, and Hubby as Superman, had the most amazing, stress free time by following one rule. Well, two: Get married and have fun.
So, like, my dress was pretty traditional. I assumed I wouldn’t look good in one and looked up some Wonder Woman formal cosplays in the beginning. But my lovely maid of honor convinced me to make an appointment with DB and…we had the stereotypical crying and saying “this is the dress moment” but I wanted to make one thing clear: I wasn’t going to kill my feet in heels.
A friend of mine paints shoes and so she painted Wonder Woman on my tennis shoes. She added gold shoe laces to look like lassos. My feet were happy all day.
We had it set up for the ceremony and reception so no one had to drive anywhere. So how did we keep people entertained? We had games on the table. Scrabble, Jenga (Valentine version), Blokus, and Family Feud Marvel Edition were just a few of the games we had for our guest to play.
Remember I mentioned earlier that weddings were a time for flowers. Well, we did have them, just not in the traditional sense. I looked up a tutorial on YouTube of how to make comic book flowers. Before you cringe and say I slaughtered perfectly good comics, I used books that my local comic store left out in a box. Most were damaged or had the covers torn off. Recycle, Reuse, reduce. Making these flowers were no easy feat. I started bit by bit and while working full time, it took me about four months to make my bridal bouquet, two bridesmaids bouquets, a toss bouquet, and three comic boutonnieres. It’s a lot of work, but if crafts help keep you calm, then I recommend it.
We agreed that our cake toppers should be A) Pop Vinyls and B) Wash and Zoe from Firefly. We asked our lovely baker, who was actually a friend of ours just starting her business, to basically surprised us. She asked us what fandoms each of us were into and gave us a smile. I had no idea til the day of the wedding what it would look like. She hand made two cupcake tiers, one with Wash on top, and one with Zoe on top. On each tier, she put a fandom. Hubbys tower had Power Rangers, Overwatch, and outer space on his tiers, and I had Doctor Who, Hunger Games, and Neko Atsume on mine. As far as the taste of the cupcakes, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.
The First Dance
Neither one of us really wanted to awkwardly sway to a slow song. So one night of planning, one of us (can’t remember who) said, “Why don’t we just play just dance?” And thus, the idea of having our first dance be an all out video game competition was born. We chose the song “Single Ladies” (cause why not) and heard an uproar of laughter. He eventually stopped dancing so I could win, since the Kinect was not picking up my feet or legs in my long dress. Compromise is important in any relationship 🙂
Usually you see the pic with just the groomsmen wearing the superhero socks, but I wanted in on the fun as well. So I slipped on my Wonder Woman socks. Here’s a pic of us showing them off.
The Wedding Night
Awesomely enough, our wedding fell on the same day as Naka Kon, a three day anime convention that takes place in Overland Park, Kansas. We stole away to the hotel, and I waddled through the halls in my wedding dress hearing “I love your cosplay!” To which I responded, “Thanks, I just got married!” I received many congratulations from Sailor Moon, Captain America, and even a few Deadpools. I couldn’t imagine spending my wedding night any other way, with the person I love, surrounded by all the things we both love.
Anyway, that’s my wedding. I did without a lot of traditional things such as a ring bearer and flower girl, we did rock paper scissors to see who did their vows first, and excluded traditional food (burgers and dogs were the way to go). At the end of the day, we were a lot less stressed, and I was now married to my best friend and nerd in crime. Here’s to more nerdy adventures together!
I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about my wedding. Let me know what your favorite part was in the comments below.