A goth history nerd wedding with Cthulhu, Beetlejuice, and a headpiece to die for

February 23 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Studio Casamento
A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth
Photos by Studio Casamento

The Offbeat Bride: Brittany

Her offbeat partner: Taylor, store manager

Date and location of wedding: Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada — November 21, 2015

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

Taylor is an avid D&D fan and LOVES Cthulhu, whereas I am a huge history nerd. We decided to have a wedding that combined all of our interests in one place and also fit our goth, weirdo vibe and style.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth8

Tell us about the ceremony:

I decided to have my father walk me down the aisle to the intro of Metallica's "Enter Sandman." We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet, so it only lasted about 15 minutes and was fairly traditional.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

We both decided to write our own vows, and because I'm a feminist, I wanted to spice things up a bit. So we were pronounced "wife and husband," and when it came time for the first kiss, it was announced as "you may now kiss the groom." Our wedding party then exited the room to "The Imperial March" from Star Wars.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

Tell us about your reception:

Our seating chart was made for us by our fabulous friend Heather, and in the centre was a realistic drawing of Henry VIII's crown. I'm a huge Tudor England nerd, and tried to incorporate this time period wherever I could.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

Our guest book was a replica of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Beetlejuice, complete with a tentacle pen. We spray painted large skulls in black, dark purple and gold to be our centerpieces, and each guest's name tag had a symbol of one of Henry VIII's wives next to it which matched the symbol on the earl grey shortbread favour we gave everyone.

Instead of doing the traditional clinking of glasses, guests instead had to come up to our table, grab a trivia question we had written, and read it out loud. If they guessed correctly, we kissed.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

Instead of throwing the bouquet, we decided to throw a plush cat. It was announced that whoever caught the cat would be the next person to adopt a cat.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

We also had what we call "Weddinglesque." I met the majority of my friends through the Toronto nerdlesque (nerdy burlesque) scene, and so I asked two of my friends to perform our favourite acts that represented our interests. My friend Scarlett LaFlamme performed her Anne Boleyn act, while my friend Betty Quirk performed her Lydia from Beetlejuice act.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

We also had a History and Cthulhu combination cake with tentacles lifting up Henry VIII.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

What was your most important lesson learned?

Our wedding was not very traditional, so in order to get some of our offbeat details, we relied on friends. All of my artsy friends helped us create every detail in our wedding from our wedding pamphlet, name tags, candy buffet signs, centerpieces, and my gown. Ask your willing friends for help if it's available.

A goth history nerd wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #goth

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  1. LOVE! Everything about this is just so magical to me!

    I love how they seamlessly managed to have everything they love incorporated into their wedding.
    Unique, classy and gorgeous!!!!
    Congratulations you two!

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  2. OMG! Another person who is obsessed with Tudor period! LOVE! All the details are totally amazing. The headpiece, the bouquet, the incorporating of all the Henry VIII stuff. Well done!

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  3. As a wedding guest, I can confirm this was just as gorgeous in person as it looks here!

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  4. Oh hey, another wedding that makes me rethink our elopement! Simply gorgeous, all of it (especially that bouquet!).

    Also, the bride has some amazing ink!

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