Although cosplay weddings are not the most popular kind of themes, there is one group of people to whom they typically appeal. This would be the gaming crowd. After all, today’s games are commonly built around fantasy worlds and what better way to celebrate your favorite game than when making it the theme for your upcoming wedding? If you’ve never attended a cosplay themed wedding, here are some tips that might help you plan the fantasy wedding of your dreams.
1. A Word of Warning
You might want to be prepared for a bit of backlash from your parents and older relatives who hold more to tradition. This might especially be the case if you are Catholic because the church doesn’t recognize marriage outside the church. Therefore, if you hold your cosplay wedding outside the church, you should always comfort your parents by explaining that you will have your marriage blessed later by a priest at the church. You might also want to list a few Catholic wedding gifts you would like on your wedding gift registry. While you want to appease your parents, you are also a practicing Catholic, so it is important to be in communion with the Church.
2. Begin by Choosing Your Theme
This may be the easiest thing to do because you have favorite games or superheroes you follow. However, once you’ve decided on a theme, you might want to start thinking about if it’s feasible to find a venue for the service and if the costumes for the wedding party will be too difficult to find. Finding a place to hold the post-ceremony reception shouldn’t be too difficult because most banquet halls will work with you on décor and meals they can prepare.
3. Get Invitations Out Early
Even though the wedding party and probably the parents of the bride and groom will be in costume, you will want your guests attired thematically as well. Make sure to highlight this in the invitations. Cosplay weddings make for some of the most amazing wedding photos, so keep that in mind as well. If you choose a theme that would require your guests to have outfits specially made, you might want to reconsider your theme a bit. No matter what your theme, however, it will take time for your guests to find suitable attire, so give them plenty of time. Get those invitations out as early as possible.
4. Keep Decorations and Refreshments Thematic
Perhaps you absolutely fell in love with King Arthur: Knight’s Tale on Steam so you would want a medieval theme. This would make for a lovely set of costumes and even the music and food of the day makes for a particularly amazing celebration. Imagine the bride in a hennin instead of a traditional veil! With minstrels floating around the assembly and plenty of wine to go around it will set the stage nicely. You might even hire wandering minstrels to play the lute and poets to recite for the newlyweds as well as for the assembled.
No matter what theme you choose for your cosplay wedding, it just may be the one wedding all your friends and relatives remember of all the weddings they’ve ever attended. How great would that be?