When planning a very traditional wedding and marrying into a very Catholic family one has some choices to make. Noel and I wanted to let our geek flags fly with a Star Wars wedding but we also didn’t want people coming dressed up as Darth Vader. Our friends would totally do this.
For ourselves most of all we wanted to have small touches and we wanted to have a cosplay wedding. In the end, we decided traditional was more ‘us’ as a couple with geek subtlety. We had a year to plan and a small budget $15,000 (that does not include catering, tables, chairs, DJ, cake, or tableware) to do everything we wanted to do.
Picking the venue is the first thing I checked off my list. We wanted to get married outdoors and then roll inside for the reception. The Saratoga Foothill Club in Saratoga California fit the bill. We were super happy with the venue and the built in planner totally got the theme we were working toward.
How does one make Star Wars subtle? We began with our engagement shoot with the talented photographer Danielle Rueda. Danielle was able to let our families know this would be a classy affair with nerdy flair with shots like the three below.
When Phasma Met Boba:
We like to think that’s what would happen if Phasma met Boba.
After the shoot was finished we focused on the minor details of the Star Wars wedding.
The following photos are from Kristina of Krust Photography. She did such an amazing job capturing our wedding in exactly the way we wanted.
Star Wars Wedding: The Details
The shoes I purchased from a shop on Etsy. They were comfort heels so I wore them all night. The garter also came from an Etsy shop. As for the lightsaber hilts, we had to do a little DIY. We ordered a lightsaber for each bridesmaid and junior in the style of Luke Skywalker. We also ordered me, the bride, a Mace Windu saber. My husband broke the saber out of the hilt and my wonderful. Tita (auntie) Nita worked through the night before the wedding placing the flowers in the hilts. Here’s a photo of me and the girls with their FlowerSabers.
We gave all of the men Storm Trooper tie bars. The groom we gave Darth Vader. For the little boys, our junior groomsmen we gave BB8 and R2D2 tie bars.
We had a bit of fun with our seat finding chart. Each table had a number, of course, but we added in galactic alliances!
Noel’s father gave us these adorable honey jars featuring bees. So we had to get a little punny.
Let them eat cake! Cest Si Bon Bakery totally got our vision of Boba Fett crawling out of the Sarlacc Pit that was our cake. Noel happened to have a solid white Boba Fett action figure. They also totally understood we wanted a fairly traditional cake as well. Words do our cake no justice. It was a burnt almond masterpiece. For the topper, we yet again utilized Etsy for our geekery.
As for favors, we gave away bamboo flip-flops, bamboo fans, cake pops (a gift from Noel’s cousin Roxanne), and of course “lightsabers”. We ordered the light up swords in bulk via Joissu. The family adored them.
In the end, it was a great day. We stayed in budget and the groomsmen only got out of line once. I took care of them with a quick force choke and got back to the business of my wedding.