Friday, March 25, 2011

"What's steampunk???"

I very deeply believe that people should be themselves, even if that means standing out from the crowd and looking different. Personally, I don't have any tattoos or body piercings. I've never colored my hair green, pink, or purple. Maybe I blend in a little more than some, but I like to think of myself as a unique individual. 

Going along with that belief, I think your wedding is a perfect opportunity to present your true self to the world. I'm a little bit hippie/crafty/vintage/cutesy girlie girl, and my fiancĂ© is part eccentric artist/Bohemian/contemporary.  (Make any sense here?) Our overall wedding theme is what I have been calling "Rustic Vintage". So when he told me he wanted a "steampunk" style bouttonierre, I had no clue what he was talking about. We had to do a Google search in order for me to understand. (Seriously, 30 years old and I had never heard of "steampunk".)

I like to think of "steampunk" as a modern version of Victorian style, and I have always been a fan of Victorian. Coming up with a cool, flower-free boutonierre has been a bit of a challenge to me, though. So, I've been looking for inspiration so I can make one for him. Here's some cool stuff I've found...

     cuff links

I've even considered getting some "steampunk" style accents for myself.

I'm sure whatever I come up with will be fun and coordinate with the rest of the wedding. The boutonierre is really the only thing Kris specifically requested, so why shouldn't I at least attempt making it for him?


Elis said...

I love the steampunk look, and have always been very partial to it, even before I realized it had become a genre unto itself! ^^
You are so creative, I bet you can make an awesome boutonniere for your fiancé! If you're still looking for inspiration, here's a couple suggestions:
Old watches--they could be taken apart and cannibalized for parts like gears and hands. Thrift stores usually have tons of broken old watches for sale cheap. Also, this site:
They have a huge selection of metal parts and findings, including some lovely vintage elements like cabochons and what not. They have some brass mesh stuff that could be awesome in a steampunk boutonniere:
I'm imagining the mesh bezels or roses used to create something styled like a pocket watch, with the draped chain and everything.
I hope you'll post photos of the finished item when you're done...I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with! :)

pandora89 said...

I love the steampunk aesthetic, it's so relevant to my taste!:) Especially I adore the pocketwatches:)

Manda Jane said...

i love the fact that you don't corner yourself into one 'type' of style or persona... I'm learning in my 30's that I am who I am - why try to be anything else! Good luck picking the perfect boutonierre! Can't wait to see what you two decide on.

Sabrina said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! (And the links, Elis!) I've always loved pocket watches, myself, and may end up buying him one for the big day. :)

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