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"Colin Firth in a wet shirt" has nothing on this gorgeous, surprise Austenland-themed bridal shower

When Michelle asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I knew that the one thing I had to do was throw her a surprise Austenland-themed bridal shower — re-creating an outdoor tea party like the one depicted in the movie, complete with its mashup of vintage and modern contraptions. For all of us geeks who romanticize period films, here how you can throw your own Austenland bridal shower…

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Drool over one last spooky wedding of the season with a corpse bride from Pennsylvania!

Okay, yes, we're moving away from the season of skeletons and spooks, BUT. I owe it to you all to show you this one last spooky glam wedding! Crissa made for an awesome corpse bride when she and TJ got married earlier this fall. She styled her own look, thanks in part to her grandmother's wedding dress, a skirt of her own, and some choice accessories from Lovechild Boudoir. TJ absolutely kept up with his own Victorian corpse groom costume, and Crissa's daughter joined in the fun as a sparkly princess.

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Will this bride and groom manage to stave off their undead wedding party?

Apparently Matt and Sheri throw an annual Halloween party of epic proportions. After checking out the photos of their Massachusetts wedding last year, I'm not inclined to challenge that. At least, not if I don't want to be eaten by an undead wedding party.

Matt and Sheri decreed that every wedding guest would arrive properly arrayed in costume, and photographer Jamie Ivins tells me he saw Rosie the Riveter, Queen Elizabeth, and a family of Smurfs. You can see for yourself that Elvis was the officiant.

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Heather & Bobby's Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones fantasy wedding

Are you in the mood for some serious castle partying with swords, flutes, medieval garb, and the most epic phoenix and Lord of the Rings cake ever? Yeah, we thought so. Get ready for a gorgeous venue, intricate elements ceremony, costume awards, sword arches, and the most lush fantasy wedding we've seen in a long time. And just wait until you see the bride's dad get crowned king of Gondor!

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Megan & John's Legend of Zelda geeky gamer union

Fire Flowers, MegaMan, Bob-omb, Mario, Link, and the making of player twos… this is a gamer geek's wonderland. You have to see the costumes, the 8-bit cakes, and of course, the TRIFORCE UNITY CEREMONY! Come geek out and get your game on. Just don't nibble the favor soap!

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Catherine & Jeffrey's Alice in Wonderland-themed circus reception

Fire dancers, circus performers, Alice in Wonderland costumes, and a big fireworks show — this is a theme combination that rocks hard. Feast your eyes on the chair jugglers, dancers, and of course, guests dressed as cards, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter. And of course, the blue corset gown and dapper top hat on the bride and groom give us the feels, too!

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Heather & James' kilted Medieval fantasy "secret wedding"

Kilts, handmade gowns, and a William Wallace sword — it's the Braveheart-themed wedding of your fantasy-filled dreams! Two days, a nighttime "secret ceremony," and The Texas Ren Fest makes for a an awesome time. And since these two are Army vets, it made perfect sense to have the wedding on Veteran's Day.