How To Have A Classy, Rock-Themed Wedding 25 March 2013 Admin Wedding Posts Just because it’s a rock music-themed wedding doesn’t mean it has to be wild-looking, because there is an aspect of rock music culture that has a sense of class. Think Freddie Mercury of Queen or the slick suits of ska musicians. Think of punk groups like the Buzzcocks in working class-style suit jackets and street attitude. Another source of inspiration would be steampunk culture, with its emphasis on vintage 18th century fashion merged with speculative technological advancements. Glam fashion and leather wear can also be integrated into your rock wedding theme, reminiscent of David Bowie’s aesthetics and 80’s glam rock. New Wave bands and mod fashion exude a kind of rebellious classiness that values stylish clothing and art-cool sensibilities. Here are several ideas on what you can do to have a classy, rock and roll wedding: 1. Use rock music iconography as part of the wedding motif; guitars, skull patterns, chains, thorns, sunglasses and leather boots. Get the wedding rings and jewelry customized to display familiar rock icons or musical symbols. 2. Have a punk rock band play your wedding. Ask them to make punked-up versions of your favourite songs. 3. Get your artist friends to design your wedding reception so it looks more like rock stadium. Use guitars, drums, amplifiers and stage lights as part of the decor. 4. Set the dress code and inform the guests to dress up like rock icons, or at least wear Doc Martens and Chuck Taylor shoes. If possible, convince them to wear rock music- related jewelry such as skull rings, silver chains, leather arm bracelets with silver studs and band logo pendants. 5. Make a music CD mix that contains well-known classic rock ballads and romantic rock songs. It can also be a compilation of songs from the couple’s favourite indie rock bands. You can make several copies to give away as souvenirs to guests. Just make sure to indicate in the CD label that it is for non-commercial, creative purposes to avoid copyright issues. 6. Use ornaments that connote an otherworldly ambience, such as flashing spotlights, avant-garde pieces, steampunk, metalcraft, and psychedelic-colored items. 7. Design wedding invitations to look like concert tickets and vinyl album covers. You can even make them look like classic album covers by notable rock acts. 8. Instead of typical store-bought decorative ribbons and cards, use ribbons and cards made from paper inlays of old cassettes. 9. Use scratched or old CDs as drink coasters or decor. Your guests will find it very nostalgic when they recognize some of the song titles and artist names on the printed side of the CD. 10. Cassette tape ribbons make great confetti. Just make sure none of your guests have chemical or allergic sensitivity to the chemicals in the tape ribbon. Also make sure that children, especially toddlers brought by guests, do not ingest the tape confetti. 11. Bring in old portable transistor radios or small boomboxes as table centerpieces. You can even use the boomboxes to play music during reception intermissions. 12. Old turntables and vinyl records connote nostalgia and a romantic atmosphere, especially when the music players are encased in vintage carved boxes. 13. Hire a tribute band that plays covers of songs by the couple’s favourite classic rock band, such as KISS, The Beatles, Van Halen and others. Ask the band to play appropriate songs that match each portion of the event. 14. Quote song lyrics from epic rock ballads in the invitation text and make them a part of your wedding vows. Think epic rock singer Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” or Mr. Big’s “To Be With You”. 15. Instead of a wedding car or a limousine, get the couple to ride a motorcycle or decorated bicycle with a sidecar as their getaway vehicle to close the wedding ceremony. The great thing with rock music-themed weddings is that there is a lot of room for improvisation and creativity. What will help make it stand out from ordinary weddings are the choice of music to play during the ceremony and reception, a dress code that does not require too much effort from the guests, knowledgeable wedding coordinators, simple but creative designs, and a sense of fun. It should be something that the couple will find enjoyable and relevant to their interests, especially if they are serious music fans. Sharon Sussman is from Brilliance, LLC. In her work as a gemologist, she has come across a good share of weddings, and a number of equally memorable wedding rings. Sharon is always on the lookout for tasteful trends and innovative fashion in weddings.