Throwing A Sci-Fi Theme Wedding

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A recent sci-fi wedding took place in Florida with a Halo theme, throw your own.

What do you get when you put together a system that allows anyone to get a license to perform weddings, a permissive culture, a hit video game and a couple of geeks in love? You get a Halo – themed wedding. According to, Desirai Labrada and John Henry were wed last weekend (the 17th of January) in a wedding featuring costumes, decorations and accoutrements reminiscent of the smash-hit Xbox game Halo.

The MC was dressed as the cyborg (part man, part maniac, all hero) protagonist of the Halo series, the Master Chief. I'll spare you some of the detes but Labrada and Henry wish to be referred to as "teammates for life" (slightly better than "buddies for life," I say) and the good people at Microsoft (the purveyors of Xbox), supplied the bride and bridegroom with Halo-ish tchotchkes.

The excitement nearly ended when the entire wedding party was called away to defend humanity from an imminent invasion by an ultra-powerful alien swarm with a single weak point which only a single, true hero can exploit. That, that didn't happen but I'm willing to bet that everyone had his (or her for the one girl) plasma rifle charged and ready to rock.

Anyone out there ever been to one of these sci-fi-themed? I reported back in the old Daily Dish space about a Star Wars – themed wedding which was off the tractor beam. But, the only problems with a heavy – themed wedding are A) budgeting; and B) staying within canon.

Budgets are a continual problem for all weddings, even one's themed "Time Of Our Lives" and "Enchantment Under The Sea," but the sci-fi wedding budget is to the Cinderella – themed wedding budget what the sci-fi movie budget is to the romantic comedy budget. What that remedial SAT scenario meant to say was, sci-fi weddings, done right, are expensive. Everyone wants to have a Darth Vader ice sculpture but typically have to settle for a Jabba the Hutt Jello mould. And the fiscal problems don't end with the actual marrying couple.

Guests feel the pinch too. Do you know how expensive and/ or time-consuming it is to kit yourself out in full Klingon ceremonial regalia? I don't either but it's got to be a lot and you can always tell who's skimped on the little touches.

It's tough keeping everyone on the same page when it comes to a sci-fi wedding. Are we marines from Halo, Halo 2 or Halo 3? Is the bride's side the Empire and the groom's side the Rebel Alliance and could any detente worked out beforehand last through dessert? And how can there possibly be more than 1 Captain Kirk around without some sort of hokey Star Trek time-traveling explanation? And, like in Reservoir Dogs, when you let people assign their own names, everyone wants to be Mr. Black (or Snake Eyes or whichever badass headlines the media being revered). Should the marrying couple have to decide on the flowers, band and which attendees play which characters? That's twice as hard as a seating arrangement.

The bottom line is that you can have a theme wedding, if you so choose. But don't do a half-assed job of it. If you have to get hitched at city hall and save for another 18 months or seek corporate sponsorship, feel free. As goofy as you may feel in 20 years for having a wedding featuring the characters from Lord Of The Rings, you'll feel twice as goofy if you can't tell the Elves from the Orcs. My advice is to pick something simple and have a good time. A good start is Battlestar Galactica, they more or less dress like us and the bad guy (the Cylons) are indistinguishable from ordinary humans (outside of generally being very good-looking). Heroes is good choice, too. There're no elaborate costumes, any person might have some weird power not yet featured on the show and there's no über badass that everyone would insist on playing (possibly with the exception of Sylar).

Anyone throw or attend an awesome theme wedding? Any thoughts on how to pull one of these nerd-tastic shindigs off?

Photos: Splash (Note: it costs extra to get a coquettish Zac Efron to show up and sweep all the tweens of their feet)