Wedding Date: December 1, 2012
Due to popular demand, especially from staff here at the Ohio Historical Society, it is time that I “wow” you readers with the most unique wedding I have had the pleasure of planning. The first time Elizabeth and Chad came in to talk with me, they were already familiar with the reception space that they wanted. They were frequent visitors of the museum and had their hearts set on our exhibit floor and Red Carpet Area for their one-of-a-kind event, telling me that it was exactly what they envisioned. What they didn’t tell me, until about halfway through our meeting, was that they were having a themed wedding: a Star Wars themed wedding, to be exact. Right away, I was excited. Actually, our whole staff was excited.
“When my fiancé and I first began looking at wedding venues back in June, we knew that we wanted something unique and interesting that still worked within our budget. We had already decided that we were going to have a fully costumed, Star Wars-themed wedding in the early winter, and we really wanted the location to be as memorable as the event itself. We definitely found the perfect place in the Ohio History Center!” Elizabeth explained. The Red Carpet Area ended up being a visually striking place for their ceremony and reception.
With intergalactic thoughts and blasters in hand, they looked at other wedding venues and realized that some were not as accommodating when it came to non-traditional weddings. Thankfully, Elizabeth and Chad are fans of Star Wars and history, so they came to us. In Elizabeth’s words: “The museum was a place where people of all ages could be entertained and enlightened all evening. It was more than just ‘a pretty place to eat and drink.’” For receptions in our space, we keep the exhibits open so that guests can enjoy private browsing after hours. The costume-clad guests took full advantage of the exhibit floor and our built-in photo booth.
That first meeting with Elizabeth and Chad was only a short 6 months before their wedding date. The months following were tons of fun. Needless to say, I learned a lot about Star Wars to prepare for the event. Elizabeth says, “We were very preoccupied during the last few months with creating costumes and props. The more practical details of the event were the last things on our minds so we were thankful to have Erin as a coordinator. Based on what we had in mind and Erin’s experience with event planning, she made many great suggestions for the floor plan and ceremony setup.”
Every aspect of this wedding was creative –from the ceremony to the bar menu. For this Star Wars Cantina, we created an a la carte bar menu to accommodate the special requests of the bride and groom. We also had a drink ticket system in place so that the couple could stay on budget. They brought themed drink tickets for their guests and an R2-D2 cooler that we used for soda!
When Elizabeth and I were talking about her wedding, she said that her favorite part was the guest reaction: “All of our guests told us that we had ‘the coolest wedding ever’ and that the experience brought back fond memories of their own childhood field trips to the museum. We were delighted to hear so many kind comments, and to know that our wedding was so much fun for so many different people.”
It truly was an unforgettable event. My favorite part of this wedding was the attitude of the couple during the planning process. Elizabeth and Chad were incredibly excited – to the point of giddiness – about every little Star Wars-themed detail. This made it a joy to work with them for those short 6 months. Elizabeth: our staff at the Ohio Historical Society completely agrees with your wedding guests and we are honored to have shared the day with you! We couldn’t resist stealing a picture with a member of the bridal party.
Elizabeth‘s advice to couples planning now:
It’s your day! Do what will make you both happy, and try to always have fun along the way. Definitely don’t stress yourself out too much about the little things; the evening will fly by in a blur either way, so just try to relax and enjoy the great event that you’ve worked so hard on. Finally, don’t be afraid to take people up on all their offers of assistance! Helpful friends and family are usually happy to remove some of the stress from the bride and groom on the wedding day.
Processional: Star Wars medley by John Williams
Recessional: Star Wars Main Title by John Williams / “Hybrid Moments” by The Misfits
First Dance: “Catch the Wind” by Donovan
Congratulations Elizabeth and Chad! May the Force be with you!