There were so many factors involved. Firstly, there were our own personal preferences; George and I both have backgrounds in dressing up, with Goth styles and Renaissance/re-enactment elements featuring strongly (although I was more interested in generally playing with different looks, so I never identified as a 'Goth', whereas George had the Goth look and the lifestyle down pat, as I understand it). My Facebook memories tell me that I have loved Steampunk since before I even knew what it was called – at least 6 years. I can’t remember which of us suggested the Steampunk theme, but we had discussed something theatrical but not too predictable, and Steampunk was accessible, fun for our guests, and suited both of our personal styles.
George puts it this way:
"My love of Steampunk is perhaps better demonstrated via my disdain of the mass produced cultured within which we’re all forced to live. Since I was a child I’ve been drawn to the creations of those who stepped outside the norm, and as such I’ve wanted to join their ranks as a creative member of society."
So, I guess some of your readers are probably wondering what exactly Steampunk is. Others may be looking at our wedding and saying "that's not Steampunk!"
Ok, so the best definition of Steampunk that I have ever heard was "Victorian Sci-Fi". Now, if you start from there, you can see how there are a great deal of things that are allowable within that definition. I explain it as if, at the decision point between electricity and steam power, steam won. Neither of these definitions should result in nothing but brown, covered in gears. THAT's not Steampunk, that's the Hot Topic version.