It was an interesting experience, but it ended up working out really well.
You will notice that we have one bridesmaid whose costume does not evolve to a paper doll, and another who doesn't have any preliminary sketches. That's because Theresa had some important life changes, and is now walking around Europe with our blessing, while the amazing Nicola came on board towards the end of the process, and ended up becoming indispensable. She graciously agreed to become a bridesmaid after she already had her outfit, so all we did was some tweaking. You will also notice that my niece Roxy is included below - again, her outfit didn't need much sketching because it came together all by itself.
Here is George's original concept for the groomsmen:
Concept: "The Best Man for the Job" - the Jack of all trades and master of none
Costume Notes: Tools, small notebooks for recording measurements, etc.. I see your character as the only one where less might be more; a few accessories well chosen will probably go farther than strapping the whole toolbox to you. if this were a vaudeville routine you'd be the closest thing to a Straight Man. I'll stop by that tool place and Petone and see if there any any old micrometers and calipers to go with the more wood-focused things. That odd adjustable cresent and screw driver I have might work out as well if presented correctly, though the cresent is a bit bulky? We'll see.
Concept: the discount mercenary who carries an arsenal of weaponry that he can't reasonably use.
Costume Notes: The opposite of Chris, more is probably more in your case. Lots of weaponry, mostly mismatched. I wasn't sure if you preferred to be more gun or blade focused. The guns would be flash but they're bulky, will require more effort to pull together and you'll need to shed a good portion of them post-ceremony so you can actually sit; if you went blades I have several interesting ones in my collection that would suit and we could make a few more by grinding blades out of some of the timing gears I've picked up (or gear-based ninja throwing stars...). I'll leave the final decision to you though, you have to be comfortable with the look.
Concept: Dandy bard equipped with bizarre instruments and makes eyes at the ladies (that last bit is Cat's).
Costume Notes: Not ridiculous like one of those walking one man bands but a set of creations that would fit in the woodwind, brass and string categories (no percussion unless you're sure, likely to be noisy and awkward when you don't want it to be). Obviously you don't have to know how to play them, and they don't have to (probably won't) work, but should -look- like they work. You'd be the candidate for the most colour in your outfit, and the most freedom in what you pull together i.e. ability to divert from classical Victorian/Edwardian.
Concept: Snake Oil merchant, occasional surgeon
Costume Notes: A solution for every ailment. I'll have a collection of vials and needles, jars and devices, all in closely fit pouches/compartments to facilitate fast exits. Enough color to keep people's eyes on me when I'm hawking my wares, but still on the more concervative side; think carpetbagger (it's an American thing, look it up). Actually an actual carpet bag might be a good idea...
Concept: The engineer/alchemist's assistant. Magician's Apprentice, steampunk style; well-meaning but prone to causing chaos.
Costume Notes: If he's cool with the concept then we should probably keep it simple; Victorian-esque costume (whatever we can pull together), a blacksmith's apron and a pipe wrench or similar that's WAY TOO BIG for him strapped onto his back in a sheath, like he's carrying it around for the senior engineer.
To help, I pulled together a few ideas from images gleaned from the interwebs:
Cravats and Bow Ties
Mother of the Bride
I made my hat myself, from a variety of ingredients. George kindly helped me make the beaded trim, when our search for something suitable once again turned up nothing usable.
For the tentacular 'flower', I used a couple of toys from the discount shops (I think these came from Pete' Emporium). I painted the octopus brown, then rubbed it with the same greeny-gold paint I used for the head table octopus sculpture. I jammed an old clock part into the middle as a central feature.
I then glued crocodile clips into place so that I could wear it on either side of my head, in case I changed my mind.
For George's outfit, Trevor made a hat-band to fit the little jars we found at Uncle Bill's, loops for his belt, and two holders, one for George's cut-throat razors, and one for the collection of vintage vials and syringes. So that Trevor could size them exactly, George provided wooden blanks that matched their sizes and shape.
The jacket, shirt, waistcoat, and trousers were all from the Historical Emporium website.
For as long as I can remember, I have known that I didn't want to get married in white. I remember designing dresses in champagne, silver, even thinking about purples and burgundies. Halle Berry's 2005 Oscars dress was one of my particular favourites, for example, but even then, when I was slimmer, I still didn't think it would quite be right for me.
By the time I met George, I had been thinking about what styles fit different shapes for years - I had been through two major weight losses, and sadly, three major weight gains, so I knew that I wasn't going to be wearing a Halle Berry dress.
When we decided on our Steampunk theme, the various sizes and shapes of the wedding party and guests were also a factor - we didn't want to choose something that would make any group look better than any other, but of course the most important thing was that it would suit (and flatter) us.
The other tradition I chose to follow was the "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue" rhyme.
For something old, I chose my Great-Aunt Myra Mabin's beautiful crystal necklace, as a way of remembering the family members who had passed away, and those who couldn't be with us on the day. I knew that I had packed it away safely when I moved out of my little bachelorette flat in sunny, bohemian Newtown, but I had searched high and low and not found it, and I was getting pretty anxious. I finally found it in a box - being that George loves rabbits, and clockwork and steampunk go so well together, it was fitting that it was in the Clockwork Rabbit box, previously used for my gorgeous bespoke kitty necklace. Please forgive my relived migraine face - it was really a big deal! I tried to get the necklace professionally cleaned, but because of the fact that it is crystal, old, and fragile, they recommended that I soak it in detergent, clean it gently with an old toothbrush, and let it dry in the sun. It came out really well :)
So, for our special 'something new', I found us matching rabbit (or are they hares?) kilt pins, and added a vintage cameo joiner and an octopus dangle, which tied us into the wider wedding group - everyone had something with an octopus on it, made by me under my jewellery and artwork label, Phersu Dancing Designs.