Diane & Nicolas' pseudo-Tudor performance and games wedding #Real Weddings: Global#autumn#cape#civil ceremony#europe#gamers#games#geeky#renaissance#top hat#tudor#uk#video games June 8 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Maxime Desessard The offbeat bride: Diane, Online Games Consultant (and Tribe member) Her offbeat partner: Nicolas, Head of Marketing Effectiveness Location & date of wedding: Old Palace, Hatfield House, UK — October 30, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: We are theater and games geeks and we lived for a while in the UK and loved it. We tried incorporating all of that in the wedding. Our invitations were in the form of a theater play program. We are both French as are most of our guests, so the venue and theme were offbeat for them. We had a civil ceremony with a dinosaur reading, 16-bit video game music, and friends and family singing Queen songs. I walked up the aisle wrapped in a red cloak, and we had cloaked the flower girl and page boy as well. We surprised our guests with a "detective" game where they had to find someone they didn't know based on clues, and give them a sealed envelope with clues as to where they would be seated for dinner and with whom. We had old book print paper flowers and Shakespeare quotes everywhere. We served tea, scones, and mini-sandwiches for the cocktail and lamb roast, and apple pie for the dinner. Then our guests surprised us with performances during dinner, including a theater play they had written for the occasion. Then we happily finished the night dancing to eclectic music, including Rammstein's classic "Du Hast." Tell us about the ceremony: It mixed a lot of influences. I walked up the aisle to the "Secret of Mana" opening song, an old video game I liked playing as a child. It felt just epic enough for the task at hand! We had a reading from "A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton, that we arranged. My brother sang the French version of "The Impossible Dream" from "Man from La Mancha." My sister in law, a lyrical singer, sang "Voyage to Avalon" in Polish by Kenji Kawai, a Japanese composer. Instead of vows, we wrote a little speech that we read together to ask the community to take care of us and our new family. We finished with my friends rocking the place with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen. Our biggest challenge: My family is very religious but neither my husband nor I are, so doing a civil ceremony had been difficult to carry out. But we didn't regret our choice. The other diffcult part of the planning was organizing a trip for so many French people to the UK. We got much more hands-on with logistics than we would have if we had gotten married in France. My favorite moment: Although we had planned everything for the ceremony, it was still extremely moving to walk up the aisle to meet my fiancé. I realized on the spot that it was really us getting married, and instantly felt super happy. Nothing else could matter after that. My funniest moment: Our families and friends did an awesome job with dinner performances, with my brother and sister-in-law doing a comedy parodying us. Our friends put together a full 20-minute theater play with costumes as well! I was really amazed at their talent and was crying with laughter. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? We planned a lot for the rain due to getting married in October in the UK, but the weather was great! Otherwise, we were pleasantly surprised by the way the "find a guest" game worked. We finished it frantically the day before as there had been last minute changes in the guest list. It was all thanks to our siblings and witnesses who came to the rescue at the last minute and set up shop in the hotel room to put it all together. My advice for offbeat brides: Put yourself in your guest's shoes. We initially wanted a costumed Tudor wedding and thought it would be too much to ask our friends and families to dress up in addition to travelling to another country, so we went with a "pseudo-renaissance" theme where they could wear whatever they wanted. We also built a website and gave lots of instructions for our friends and family as to how to travel to the UK and where to stay, we pre-booked taxis for them, translated the whole ceremony in booklets, etc. Don't restrict yourself based on what you think people will think. I had kept the cloak a secret from my mother as I thought she would think it would look tacky (the cloak is cheap, the dress was expensive, and she paid for it). Turned out she loved it, along with everyone else. We didn't DIY much except the paper parts, thanks to my awesome friend Bea, and we bought lots of raw material on the web for the favours, which were bulk tins with tea and homemade stickers. We carried the wine and champagne from France in a van which saved us a lot of money while having better quality. Remember to enjoy the day when it happens and take some time with your partner. And leave the time for your guests to be able to suprise you! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress : Manuel Mota for Pronovias Earrings: Etsy seller Tudorshoppe Hair: Nandini's in Hatfield, with extensions bought on Etsy seller Puppycatmeow Cloak: Little Adventures Flowers: FlowerCraft Herts Paper frames for the table numbers : Etsy seller Niklindesigns1225 Candelabras and flambeaux: Candlehire Cake: Marks & Spencer Stationary design: Bea Toa Make-up: my lovely friend Agathe Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Romantic dinner? Hot air balloon ride? Dog sitter? Get what you WANT with Buy Our Honeymoon NEXT DIY kitteh wedding invitations, or: why cats don't make good models Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] so many pretty details to this wedding, but I have to say my eyes were always drawn to the gorgeous braided hairstyle! all in all – lovely 😀 Reply Not going to lie, I opened OBB in my browser this morning and the first words out of my mouth were "AUUUUGH WHAT." That dress. Is AMAZING. Where did it come from? 1 agrees Reply Simply beautiful. I love the cape. Reply Your dress is so simply beautiful – the cut is so elegant it doesn't need but the little bit of detail on it. I love it! I love lots of other things, but that dress is so distracting in a wonderful way. Reply I think it's cool your sister in law sang "Voyage to Avalon" by Kenji Kawai. I love the movie it's from, and it's definitely different. Reply Thanks a lot ! The dress was "Cher" by Manuel Mota for Pronovias 2010, maybe it's still available around? Reply Your dress. I lust. Where did it come from? ETA: Ah, I just saw your response. It's so beautiful and elegant! Reply I'm so jealous of this one line: "We carried the wine and champagne from France in a van". How cool – wish I was located somewhere I could say the same Reply I love everything about this wedding! The red cloak with your dress is amazing! It sounds like it was a lot of fun!! 1 agrees Reply What a beautiful and fun wedding! I was hooked on the Renaissance period back in 7th grade, and completely envisioned a full gown with a castle and the works. Oh and that little headpiece from the Neverending Story, with the drop down jewel. Wonderfully executed! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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