Steampunk 101

This definition is from G.D. Falksen's blog "Keys on the Typewriter"

What is steampunk?

"In three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century. Historically, this period saw the development of many key aspects of the modern world (mechanized manufacturing, extensive urbanization, telecommunications, office life and mass-transit), and steampunk uses this existing technology and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century, often complete with Victorian-inspired wonders like steam-powered aircraft and mechanical computers."

Why a Steampunk Wedding?

I think that there are a lot of people who don't realize they ARE Steampunk until they hear the term. Then, suddenly, YOU UNDERSTAND. For me, I have always had a thing for Victorian aesthetic, etiquette and culture. I have always had a pocket watch and loved corsets. I have always loved lace and goth and punk. Then, the rest of the iceberg was revealed to me: THERE IS AN ENTIRE SUBCULTURE! A whole community of artists, crafters, mod-ers, inventors, librarians, scientists, engineers, explorers all there embracing the goggles and gears, and the spirit of creativity. So, for me, my love of science fiction and books, and steam and imagining a future that embraces all this makes me so incredibly happy. It has merged with my identity. I am Steampunk.

For the fiance, he has also been intrigued by the culture. He is a gamer--Warmachine/Hordes which is related to 40k but with a much tighter storyline, smaller armies and distinctly Steampunk aesthetic. He loved the aesthetic also before knowing what it was.

When we started dating--via OKcupid--he had the phrase "Steampunk" on his profile. I was immediately smitten. And at the time I had just bought my first Steampunk gauged earrings. (Gears in resin--AWESOME).

And from the beginning we embraced Steampunk as a quality of our relationship; we have gone to Templecon for the past few years (Steampunk Festival/Warmachine Tournament), Watch City Steampunk Festival in Waltham, follow our friends at Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, and have been to the Steampunk Exhibits and the Watch Museum several times at the Waltham Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation (our wedding venue).

So really, if we DIDN'T have a full on geeked-out Steampunk wedding, we wouldn't be true to who we are as a couple.

Here is the link to our wedding website:

Other places to find information about Steampunk:

  • Steampunk Facebook Page: This is the link to the Facebook group Steampunk. It is seriously the best social community for keep up-to-date on the subculture.
  • Steampunk!: From Buzzfeed, various posts about Victorian Science Fiction.
  • Steampunk Links: My favorite links to various sites that have great costume pieces and accessories!