The deed is done and the knot is tied. Luke Brown and I got hitched this weekend in what just may have been the nerdiest wedding any of our friends and family members will ever attend.
When I got into this whole wedding planning thing, I was really out of my element. If you want to know how to breed a gold Chocobo or what to give Green Tentacle to make him stop freaking out, I’m your girl. Planning a wedding? Not so much. One thing I did know, though, was that I wanted it to involve video games. Somehow. In some way. That idea quickly evolved into assigning each table a favorite game or series, rather than a number. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but I am extraordinarily lucky enough to know more than my fair share of graphic designers who are also huge gamers–like my little brother Mike LeBoeuf. I gave him a loose idea of what I wanted, Luke and I decided what games to include, and he quickly got to work.
Instead of boring cards with table numbers, this is what appeared on the tables.
To commemorate the occasion, we made sure everyone went home with a cool keepsake. Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about favors to give to the guests, but luckily my mom had a great idea: one-of-a-kind candles decorated with the theme of each table. Again, my brother came up with the artwork, and we cut them out and applied them candle by candle (it’s a process that involves wax paper and a hair dryer). In the end, I thought they looked pretty cool. Actually, I wanted an extra set for myself.
How did we choose what games to include, you ask? Well, Final Fantasy for the wedding party was a no-brainer. It’s my favorite game series, and one that Luke also likes a lot. We chose The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. for the family tables, which also seemed appropriate given the prolific nature of those series. After that, we tried to find a combination of games that had mass appeal but also meant something to us personally. Maniac Mansion got vetoed, but I made damn sure that Portal and BioShock were included. Luke wanted Resident Evil, though his Metal Gear Solid table ended up being cut, as did the Shin Megami Tensei table, just due to needing fewer tables than we originally thought. Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man were series that we figured even the non-gamers would get, and Fallout and Mirror’s Edge made their way in there just because we like them.
The response was fantastic. Obviously, I knew my gamer friends would dig the theme, but there were a few pleasant surprises as well. My uncle told me jokingly that he wished he was at the Resident Evil table, since that was his favorite game (unbeknownst to me), and by the end of the night he had somehow acquired a Resident Evil favor. I saw people switching candles, and someone even brought up the fact that those seated at the Portal table would once again be given the choice of whether or not to burn their companion cube.
Now we’re off to a fantastic tropical location, during which time our brave Community Manager Hollander Cooper will be running the show here at The Quarter Bin. We’ll still have more to share when we get back, so stick around. And if you missed Part One, be sure to go back and check out our super-nerdy wedding invites.