An elaborate and detailed DIY Steampunk Wedding at a Victorian Mansion in Austin, TX
In honor of Halloween tomorrow, we wanted to share the fantastical Steampunk Wedding of Whitney & Daniel. They were married at the Caswell House in Austin, Texas in February of 2018. Much of this wedding was designed and created by Whitney herself, including her attire, the cake, the flowers, invitations, and much of the decor!
In true Bridechilla spirit, Whitney and Daniel prove that it doesn't need to actually be Halloween to have the costume party wedding of your dreams! Be yourself and embrace your unique personalities and styles when planning your wedding.
Tell us about you and your partner!
Whitney: We met 8 years ago in a Starbucks in downtown Austin. Daniel was quietly reading when Whitney impulsively came over, introduced herself, and left her phone number on a napkin. Clearly, he called!
We make a great couple: Whitney brings a beautiful, free spirit by always encouraging us to have fun and try new things while Daniel, who is always contemplating and talking, ensures a constant stream of fresh and curious discussions. Overall we balance each other out really well and just have a blast together!
We love costume parties! (obviously), Renaissance festivals, camping, keeping up with and discussing current events, and loving our 3 animals (2 dogs and a cat).
Tell us all about your event!
Our number one priority was to get married our way by having our best friends and closest family members together for an amazingly magical evening.
We focused on 19th century authenticity with details added throughout the venue and the evening (background music was playing on a gramophone as guests arrived). Even for simple things where renting may have been easy such as tablecloths and china to elaborate things like the wedding cake and bride/groom attire. Whitney took time to individually find and/or make these items so they were selected with intention, were unique, and felt just right. She also, with the help of her friend, arranged all of the flowers, centerpieces, and decor around the house.
Perhaps the most important details, however, were the entertainment throughout the night. We sought to fill the venue with activities common for a Victorian era party, and so among other things included a magician, a seance board, a poker table, caricature artist, a smoking parlor with hookahs and cigars, an old school photo booth, and a piñata filled with love quotes (an admittedly Texan touch). We also peppered into the mix a newly-wed game, a best-dressed costume contest, opened up the dance floor with a romantic era-appropriate waltz, and ended the evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride.
What was totally worth it?
We paid for a couple of extra hours to the venue for more time to set up for our big night.
What was not worth it?
The dart board. A small purchase but the venue would not let us put it up. They had a good point.
What advice do you have for other couples planning their weddings?
While this might seem obvious, the evening happens so quickly one might not realize until it is over, the importance of spending time with your partner. When the two of us think back over our favorite moments of the evening they are when we were interacting together and sharing our special night with each other.