Post # 1
So we’re planning a small (20-50 guest) wedding consisting of some family and our friends. We are all into metal (Black Sabbath and their derivative bands), and we don’t really care for tradition at all. Therefore, we are trying to plan a metal themed wedding, albeit tastefully (nothing remotely gothic, thank you). We have decided on PLENTY of beer, throwing on a heavy playlist, and perhaps even a newlywed shredfest, as my FH plays guitar and I play the bass.
So, my question is, does anyone have any ideas on how we can break from the same-old traditional wedding and make it more METAL? 🙂
Post # 3
Fun!! Have you looked at offbeatbride for inspiration?
Post # 4
See I’m doing something like that…incorporating The Legened of Zelda into our boutanieers and bouquets.
My nails are going to me pinstriped like a car on the nail bed, done in a really really light pink, with french tips.
Our cake will be done like my nails, but white on white, with the zelda kind of leaf gren ribbons around the bottom of the cake tiers.
My dress is a very traditional white ball gown with pick up skirt, but my wedding sash is going to be a soft matte black leather with rhinestone brooch center.
and My flowers are going to be a traditional white roses, with a black leather bouquet wrap.
Classy, with an edge and a nod to our gamer geekness.
Post # 5
A little inspiration for you.
Post # 6
What sort of metal are you talking, specifically? Aesthetically, metal and goth tend to be somewhat parallel. Black and other dark colors, skulls, unreadable fonts, etc. If you’re talking Sabbath and the like (70’s and early 80’s occult themes and such), I’d probably go with dark colors and lots of candles, ambient lighting. Though, unless you’re talking 80’s hair metal, that’s probably going to be good for a lot of genres of metal.
Use metal instrumentals for ceremony music. In Flames has a lot of good instrumentals (I’ve been considering using Whoracle myself). Another option is Apocalyptica.
Offbeat Bride has a lot of ideas and I would second that suggestion, as there are a lot of good ideas for less traditional weddings, including some ideas for metal themes. My fiance and I met on a metal dating website, so we’re kind of working on a similar perdicament. While metal isn’t our specif theme we are navigating the minefield that is trying to come up with songs that are crowd friendly for kids and his Christian family.
Post # 7
I’d have to ask my SO, he’s the metalhead of our “family” but more into King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Death, etc. I definitely think it can be done, maybe mix in some Nordic mythology themes if you’re going for more of a black metal.
These invites are pretty cool
You could find different sized metal goblets and turn them into candle holders.
Check out bat flowers, bleeding heart flowers.
You could try to do lighting with stage lights, just with a deep enough gel that they don’t get too hot for everyone.
Decorate with trees, if you can. Many metal album covers feature trees.
Do you have a venue yet?
Post # 8
No big suggestions but we are using “Nothing Else Matters” as performed by Apocalyptica as the wedding processional, and the Metalla version for the recessional. Although we are have a simple cake/light refreshments reception afterwards – we are having an awesome pig roast, complete with kegs, music, etc. the next day!
Post # 9
I think this is so cool! My SO is also a metalhead and wants to incorporate this somehow. I am going to have to be creative with mixing metal into our vintage backyard wedding, but I hope to do it by using part of our record collection as decoration, as they will fit with the ‘vintage’ part of the wedding. I have some Melanie and ABBA and whatnot, but he has a nice collection of Black Sabbath and the like. We are also making his cake a metal themed cake. Don’t know how yet, though.
Post # 10
Huh… this is a really interesting idea. My FI is HUGE into metal (black, death, symphonic, power, you name it!) though you’d never even guess it by looking at him. He has been trying to get me into it recently and I have acquired a taste for power metal, and symphonic black metal. I have been thinking of using a Nightwish song to surprise him at some point during the ceremony! But that’s really as far as we’ll take it for the wedding itself.
If you are really not into tradition at all, then go for a black dress!! Pair it with a leather jacket, or if you want only a little bit of metal, wear a cropped leather jacket over a more traditional dress. I love this one…
It seems like you already have music down, so there is no need for inspiration there… but how about decor?? I love the idea of TONS of drippy candles, and black linens. Use clear plates instead of white so the black carries through. And how about black stemware?
If you only want a touch of metal throughout, then forgo the all-black reception look and go for a more vintage-apothecary look and use jars full of exotic looking flowers mixed with candles on a tea stained white lace table cover.
I am an event planner and love giving advice/brainstorming decor ideas, so PM me if you are interested in more ideas!!
Post # 11
Im also using apocalyptica for our wedding! I was so excited to read this. Our wedding isn’t metal perse, but I plan on incorporating it into the music like you are. I am between that song actually as well as one other by them.
Music was difficult for the reception for me. BEcause a lot of our friends will not appreciate the music, but some will.. I plan on having a seperate music area set outside where the smoking area is where I can play lamb of god and pantera and everything where it wont affect the majority of the guests.
Post # 12
I’m thinking of using Nothing Else Matters too, I like the Apocalyptica version, but I also like the lyrics so I’m going towards the rare “elevator” version for our first dance, although it’s pretty long and I don’t really want to dance 6 minutes, I might just get the rest of the wedding party to join us halfway through. I found a really cool version of Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden done on the violin, it would be pretty cool to use to walk down the aisle. Hubby is really into Slayer, Dethklok, Megadeth, Lamb of God, etc so trying to find a way to tie those into the ceremony without giving my 86 year old grandmother a heart attack, I’m also a huge Cradle of Filth fan so I will definitely have to slip that in too.
As for decor, we’re doing black and red with white details (teetering between a white or a red dress, if I go with a white dress I’ll be having my red shoes). Don’t have much planned since it’s still far away, but I don’t plan on having a gothic or metal theme, just throwing the songs in there since the “gothic” thing isn’t really us.
Ideas for centerpieces?
Post # 13
I’m not so much into the metal music (I was raised in a tiny town that had no real ‘music’ radio stations), but my guy’s ‘man cave walls are COVERED with Alice Cooper, AC/DC, KISS, Iron Maiden, etc. posters, records, & memorabillia. His real love (other than me!) is his Harley, so I’m really trying to incorporate it into the wedding with black leather accents. I’m currently trying to find a way to have his boutonniere made out of leather. If I can pull it off, I’m going to have a red leather rose made for him (‘dragonbloods red’ to match his bike) & wrapped in black leather instead of green floral tape.
I’m finding that a small, black leather pillow (to use for a ring pillow) is pretty darn hard to locate! Our colors are black & white damask, with red accents. I was just planning on putting the white damask ribbon around it to hold the rings. Has anyone out there seen a small, black leather pillow that would work for this?
Post # 14
Of course it can how about having a tea length dress and maybe a little 50s style hat with a veil if you dont want to do the whole long dress thing. And maybe name the tables after bands or songs, If you want a small budget how about making your own bouquets and centrepieces youtube have some fantastic tutorials.
Post # 15
Our first song is Black Sabbath “Fluff”.
We’re doing a dia de los muertos theme, lots of black, white, and lime green.
Post # 16
That sounds and looks awesome!!!!!