John: Like all good ideas, it started in the pub. We were chatting one night about something we could start together that combined all of our interests and knowledge. We had a few different ideas, and after some research (in the light of sobriety) we realised that this was the idea that fitted best with us. And Misfit Wedding was born.
Joe: Marriage was a regular topic of conversation between us all anyway with some Misfits having had a non-traditional wedding, while others of us are unmarried but also keen to do it differently if/when we do take the plunge. We were always knocking ideas around, we’ve just shifted some of those ideas from the beer garden to the internet!
- Steampunk – Lyndsey Clark (made the bride’s dress).
2.Who is behind this alternative wedding site?
There are 4 of us involved:
Joe – Jewellery Designer, music lover & film buff.
John – Web Programmer, geek & musician.
Katy – Geek, reader, crafter & Biomedical Scientist.
Lisa – Rock chick, Hair Stylist & crazy cat lady.
Rockabilly – Pouting In Peep-Toes
3.What sort of genres do you cater to?
John: We cater for anything that can be described as ‘misfit’ or out of the norm. No subject matter is off bounds, but we are primarily driven by things that we like. Some of the main areas we’re interested in include Goth, Geek, Punk, Rockabilly, Steampunk, Fantasy & Vintage.
Fantasy – The Dark Angel
Grin, Grimace & Squeak
4.What are your personal top two favourite styles and would they go together?
John: For me it would be Rockabilly & Geek. Could they work? Why not? If it works for the couple on their big day, then I class it as going together. Embracing different styles is what a Misfit does after all…
Joe: Goth and Steampunk for me. They go very well together. Blurring the lines and ending up with a combination of the two sounds like an ideal wedding theme!
[That’s why I occasionally make Steamgoth items! ~ The Navigatrix]
Conjurors Kitchen – This is a CAKE!
5.What is it that you love about Steampunk and why did you choose to include it?
Joe: I love the aesthetics of mechanical objects and I also enjoy making things and problem solving. So some of the elaborate contraptions appeal to me. I’m also drawn towards genres that hark back to another era.
Steampunk was included because it’s important to us to include genres that we’re interested in, but also because it’s very visually stimulating and so perfect for an eccentric and memorable wedding.
Read Misfit Wedding’s Blog and get inspired!
Well Groomed… this gorgeous waistcoat is by Dreadnought Designs
6.You feature independent British business but are you aiming at British couples, or is there a wider audience for your site?
John: When we started, we wanted to concentrate on promoting British suppliers and catering for British couples, but we never ruled out anything. As we have grown over the past few months we have started to get more of an international audience, so maybe in the future we will spread our wings, however helping to promote small British companies and British couples will always remain at the core of what we do.
Punk – Halo & Hobby (photographers)
7.How do you choose which businesses to include? Do you take submissions for consideration?
John: We do take submissions, but each company is reviewed and approved manually by us. We spend many, many hours on Google, hand picking the businesses we approach.
We also hand pick which business we want to feature as our ‘Misfit of the Month’, who get a full page write up on our site.
Joe: We have various boxes we like them to tick, just being ‘alternative’ isn’t enough! The idea being if we put a lot of time into finding the best suppliers/entertainers/venues etc and putting them in one convenient place, then our followers will have a breeze finding what they want and save so much time.
Geek – Black Cherry Cake Company
8.Do you attend wedding shows or conventions?
John: We attended some conventions when we first started to get some ideas, but wanted to concentrate on building our web site first. We have some invites to some cool events coming up soon which should be great.
Joe: And maybe one day we’ll host our own Misfit Wedding Fair!
Vintage – Deluxe Classics
I Heart Buttons – button bouquets are very popular at the moment. Catch!
9.Where is Misfit Wedding aiming to be in five years?
John: Our goal is to be the go-to place to find inspiration and share ideas for anyone planning a ‘misfit wedding’. As we all have full time jobs we know that these things will take time, so our main target is to keep growing and keep finding new & cool things to share.
Gothic Wedding Angel
10.Is there anything else you’d like to add?
John: As one of the early supporters of our site, we’d love to thank you for your support, as well as everyone who has helped us to grow so quickly over the last few months.
The Iron Bootscrapers – ‘Playing the music of today on the instruments of yesterday’
Thankyou both! I do think that this is a brilliant idea and I look forward to seeing Misfit Wedding grow.
If you would like to get in touch with them , in regards to a potential directory listing or other query, ask here: http://www.misfitwedding.com/contact
Vintage Lace Heart Choker by TheNavigatrix
Did you have an alternative wedding? Are you planning one? We’d love to hear about it – do leave your comments below.
With love, ~The Navigatrix