Science-y, steampunk-y vial place cards #Decor DIY#geeky weddings#harry potter#place cards#star wars#steampunk Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Oct 17 2013) Guest post by shovelbumbride We're trying our best to make the dining table look like the desk of a (mad?) scientist. For some reason — I have no idea why — I really fell in love with the idea of using tiny vials somewhere in the wedding. So these are our place cards! They're all itty bitty glass vials with a label and some contents. We made 11 different types. I designed the labels: we used our ordinary printer and ordinary paper, and we glued them on with an ordinary glues stick. The label names are geeky references. The contents are mostly things from the pantry. And then we're gonna put the name cards on top. Here are the geeky references with their vial contents: Wonderflonium (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog): sugar and glitter Midi-chlorian (Star Wars): Teriyaki sauce Unobtainium (features in a lot of sci-fi and even engineering. Last time I saw it was in Avatar): baking powder Mithril (Lord of the Rings): sparkly sugar Oxytocin (is a real chemical that has gotten the nickname "the love hormone"): turmeric Star Dust (could be anything. But we do love the Stardust movie): really pretty glitter Tylium (Battlestar Galactica — notice the cut corners!): smoked salt Polyjuice Potion (Harry Potter): water with food colour Athelas (Lord of the Rings): dried peppermint leaves Adamantium (X-men): silver sugar pearls In Norwegian: "Getafix Mighty Magical Strength Potion Effective against Romans, Vikings, Pirates and bullies in general" (Asterix and Obelix): olive oil I am super psyched about how well they turned out. We'll try to distribute them so that people next to each other have different ones. Hopefully they'll work as a bit of an ice breaker too. Guest post written by shovelbumbride I'm a Norwegian archaeologist, getting married to another Norwegian archaeologist. Between us we have covered a vast amount of geeky interests. I love anything from computer games to books to molecular gastronomy to manga to graphic design to sewing to video editing to any science that ever existed. I also do not have enough spare time. http://pinterest.com/ShovelBumBride PREVIOUS How do you make sure guests don't get confused by your offbeat ceremony invitation? NEXT Emily & Mitchell's rainy steampunk geodesic dome wedding Show/Hide comments [ 25 ] Those are so freaking pretty! They could work as centerpieces, too. Reply I can't tell you how much I love these! Such a cool idea! We had a Hogwarts themed Christmas one year and I made lots of jars of sweets like this. We even had butterbeer! You could have butterbeer at your wedding, if you wanted to. I love butterbeer lol. Can't wait to see more details of your wedding xx Reply Is there a small printed sticker on the bottom with the real ingredients (like the turmeric) or warnings of "do not consume" (like the glitter)? I know it's common sense not to taste mysterious substances, but you know humans … In all, I purely love this idea! Reply Haha! Nope, we didn't – and as far as I know no vials or their contents were consumed! (wedding was two weeks ago) Which is kinda surprising actually, our guests were an awesome mix of insane and curious. 😉 Reply This is AWESOME! Reply This is by far one of the most wonderful things I've seen on this site. Simple, wide-covering, PRETTY geekiness! I would brag about these for the rest of my life if I were, props to being such an imaginative person. Also I totally noticed the cut corners. Reply Ooooh boy, I just read "props to being such an imaginary person" and had a brief existential crisis. And yay, thank you! We didn't even get to keep one of each, most of the guests took their home! 😀 Reply This is awesome! I've been trying to come up with something unique to hold our table names, do you mind if I possibly steal this idea? Reply …do I MIND!? Come on, that's an awesome compliment, I'd be super happy if you or anyone did! Reply OMG this is fabulous!!!! I love it so much! And I grew up on Asterix & Obelix comics so that was my favorite part! Reply When we arrived at the reception venue, but before we sat down for dinner, I noticed that one of the guests was wearing an Asterix and Obelix tie! He'd been assigned one of the other vials. So I had to quickly grab my brand new husband, pull him aside and sneak into the dining room to change them 😛 Reply lovely lovely lovely!!! Reply Absolutely FANTASTIC! I was about to say hey polyjuce dies not look like that, and then realized that for an absolutely myserious reason I was convinced that it was thick, opaque and orange… maybe I was eating carrot soup when I read the book… Reply [nerdy] It actually changes appearance, depending on the personality of the person you're changing into. [/nerdy] Reply ha! i wanted to make those for our wedding, but with wild flower seeds in them. but now that i see those pretty cool labels, i might re-think 😀 Reply seeds for crazy, imaginary plants!? 😀 Reply I love the BSG Tylium! Extra points for such perfect attention to detail. And your adamantium is ON POINT! Reply Super big props for the Asterix reference!!! Reply Those are brilliant! Reply OMG, love this!!!!!!!!! Reply These are so cool!!! Reply This is pure genius!! I love this idea but where does one get the place card holder ring thing ontop of the vial, is it sold in craft stores? Reply So I've been obsessed with this idea since I first saw it, and started brainstorming ideas immediately, and now we're getting close to the wedding and it's time to make them. My fiance and MOH really don't want us putting any liquid in because some leaked out when one trial vial got knocked over. Did you have any problems with that? Thanks!!! Reply I love this and I love the labels! Would you be willing to share them? Reply Awesome! Love it! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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. 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