18 costume weddings that totally nailed it #Fashion#costumes#geeky#masquerade#star wars August 21 2014 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photo from Kate & Alex's sci-fi/fantasy nerd mash-up by Curt Collier It's getting to be that time of year again: Halloween wedding season! We can always count on seeing loads of weddings where guests are encouraged to come in costume. Because, seriously, costumes always amp up the fun factor. Here are 18 weddings that totally get it right when it comes to rocking the costumes. Oh, and if you need some help getting your guests excited about donning some garb, here are some tips. The appropriately named "Team Awesome" gives new meaning to epic commitment (and heels). Photo from The wedded unveiling of Team Awesome by Ohana Photographers Alice in Wonderland awesomeness. Photo from Catherine & Jeffrey's Alice in Wonderland-themed circus reception by 586Media Getting the wedding party involved is usually a great place to start the enthusiasm. Photo from Melissa & Joe's Star Wars masquerade ball Oh, and providing killer masks helps, too! Photo from Melissa & Joe's Star Wars masquerade ball Pirates, baby — the best way to show off your floofy shirts that you know you totally own. Photo from Giselle & Alan's pirate handfasting wedding by Diane Woodring A steampunk costume theme is the most reliable way to confuse… and then ultimately delight your guests. Photo from Kristina & Matthew's steampunk and science bookish wedding by Matt Norris One signature costume (like a Beetlejuice officiant!) can set the mood for the whole shebang. Photo from Sarah & Troy's Beetlejuice-themed, epic FX movie wedding by Maura Housley Costumes at festivals are a given, so when weddings adopt that theme, it can be amazing. Photos from Tamasin & Ben's dress-up camping "BAMfest" wedding by Michelle Tyrrell Post-apocalyptic carnival theme? Oh hell yes. Photo from Allison & Chris' post-apocalyptic carnival 75 feet underground by byfield-pitman photography Ye olde ren faire-style is one of my personal faves. Photos from Neil & Amanda's Renaissance fire and glitter handfasting by Amy Fender Don't forget Viking weddings! These look era-appropriate and comfy. Photo from Evangeline & Corey's Norse viking weddingby N'Sight Photography No wedding dress code can fail when Buttercup and Wesley are the anchors. Photo from A Princess Bride wedding channeling Westley and Buttercup themselves by Heather Elizabeth Photography Fake blood? A pair of scissors? Your zombie costume is done. Photo from Joey & Wade's crowdsourced zombie wedding by Shutter2Think Photography Lightsabers make every Star Wars theme better… as does Waldo, right? Photo from Andrell & Aaron's Padme and Anakin Star Wars wedding by Mentha Designs A fairy tale theme is the best of all worlds: totally open, understandable, and Shrek-able. Photos from Kara & Gary's fantasy fairy tale heavy metal wedding by Craig Mitchelldyer Plus, we got to see this fabulous hooded gown! Masquerades are (appropriately) all about the masks, so dressing guests (and this dapper wedding party) is easy-peasy. Photo from Jenifer & William's opulent masquerade ball wedding by B. Pinzon Photography With a totally open gamer, Star Wars, geeky costume theme, everyone can wear what they love. Photo from Giovanna & Jonathan's colorful gamers and costumes wedding by Sharyn Frenkel Photography One last Star Wars wedding for the road… and this romantic Jawa dance. Photo from Nadia & Dale's wookiee boogie Star Wars wedding by Wedding Dream Services Raise your hand if you're planning a costume and/or Halloween wedding! 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 Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Karen & Terry's steampunk, peacock, and pop culture wedding NEXT Friday freakout: wedding wedges Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] Can I just time travel and crash all these weddings? They look mega fun. I promise to bring a mint condition in the box action figure for the a wedding gift. 8 agree Reply Is that Mike Saga I see front and center in the second to last picture?! Lol I love when I recognize people in the weddings Offbeat Bride features! 1 agrees Reply Yes! He is a good friend of my husband's so he did our wedding! He's amazing! 🙂 Reply We are having a Steampunk wedding. The "adventuring party" (thanks for that term btw) is going to look awesome but I don't know if many of the guests will be dressed up. Either way it will be awesome! 4 agree Reply Depending on your budget, you could have top hats, goggles, or bronze colored masks for quests (or an assortment). Or gear pins, etc. 1 agrees Reply We are having a sci-fi/rockabilly Circus wedding. The officiant will be my creepy friend, The Ghostmanof Greenville, SC, Jason Profit and he'll be the ringmaster. And the rest if the party will be dressed as circus characters (this way one of the girls can rock leopard print and be a trained cat!) The flower girl will be a pink Dalek and the ring bearer will be dressed as a dancing bear! I'm encouraging rockabilly dress and my beloved's aunt can't wait to wear her poodle skirt and saddle shoes! 1 agrees Reply We're planning a tiny Halloween wedding, and costumes are "encouraged," but not mandatory. We're hoping for some awesomeness from our friends, though, who almost never miss an opportunity to dress up. 1 agrees Reply This is a video of Amanda and Neal's Ren Faire style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs_ZVXVaQuQ Reply Video of my Star Wars geeky gamer costume wedding posted up there! Password: rascalfilms Reply We're having a Wizarding Wedding and strongly encouraging our guests to dress in costume. Reply My wedding is going to be Medieval/Fantasy/Princess Bride/Basically anything in that area. I have quite a few guests who are really excited about dressing up, and I just hope most people do. Its not a halloween wedding though; my birthday is the 27th and I'd rather not get married so close to it. (or the 3 other birthdays we have in october.) 1 agrees Reply We are having a sci-fi / travel/ do-it-yourself/ Harry potter WoW themed wedding. Basically our favorite science fiction tv shows and movies with Harry potter and camping travel with world of warcraft and decorating is made and done by me (bride). Plus it's a potluck reception. It's a very multifaceted theme. Very us! Guests are welcome to wear something from our theme. But not expecting them to. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.