1. View Master
I spy with my little eye something that is geeky and romantic – oh yeah, it’s these adorable View Master invitations from Etsy seller melangerienyc. At $3,450 for 100 invites, they aren’t cheap, but considering they come with a View Master, a custom photo reel, an insert featuring additional details about the event and the shipping to get all of these to your house, I’d say you’re getting your money’s worth.
2. Flip Books
If you’ve always wanted to see your love story retold as an animation and then share that animation with friends and family members, you're in luck. Etsy seller PaperCinemas will custom make a flip book for your wedding that also serves as an invitation. Of course, they don’t come cheap - at $60 for four, you might want to share the animation of your love with those in the wedding party.
3. Custom Comic Book Cover
Can’t afford View Master or flip book invites but still want something unique and dorky? Then talk to Etsy seller TeamWesler and get them to draw up a comic book cover, like this one, just for you and your wedding. The creations cost $250 and then it’s up to you to get them printed, perhaps through a site like Zazzle.
4. A Full Comic Book
When it comes to more modern comic book style, it’s hard to beat Heidi and Chris Ryder’s invitations. That’s because Chris happens to be friends with comic book artist Tony Fleecs. Chris wrote a script for the invites, and then Tony turned the script into a multi-page comic book.
The results were so impressive that Heidi says some of her friends keep the invites in their cars to show them to other people.
5. Photo Comics
If you want your love story comic book to actually feature pictures of you and your future spouse, then you might consider these Comic Book Love Story Wedding Invitations from Minted.com. These come complete with matching, comic-styled RSVP cards, directions and envelopes.
6. A Comic of Memes
What do you do when you have a variety of nerd interests? Have someone draw up invitations that incorporate all of your favorite things! These comic-styled invites start with Link proposing to Princess Zelda and then manage to incorporate Kanye’s outburst at the VMA’s, Admiral Ackbar and an “All Your Base” joke. At first, Offbeat Bride reader Reenie was worried that her and her fiancé’s older relatives wouldn’t get the references, but then she realized those same people wouldn’t get half of the geeky things the couple had planned for the wedding, so she might as well just go forward with the invitations.
7. Our Big Fat Geek Wedding
When it comes to geek wedding invites that are all over the place though, it’s really hard to beat this one by DeviantArt user meeko. Her amazing design incorporates aspects of Star Wars, Futurama, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Sailor Moon and more! Now that’s some serious geek love right there.
8. Mario's Level End Scene
The best part of any Mario level is jumping up the flag pole and getting a little closer to saving Princess Peach. That’s why this Mario level end scene by Etsy seller ArtNerdForHire (who used this design for his own wedding) is such a delightful way to tell your guests to save the date.
Offbeat bride reader Amorae and her fiancé wanted to go all out with their 8-Bit invites. That’s why rather than just create cards that incorporated pixel art work, they actually made an interactive design that shows the bride and groom to be coming out of a Mario-style pipe and a game over screen with the wedding info when someone pulls on the ribbon in the card.
As an extra geeky bonus, the couple’s RSVP cards included a blank box where guests were invited to draw a superhero before responding.
DeviantArt user theshiver’s wedding invitations may not have been quite as complex as Amorae’s but they are certainly just as cute, showing Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man tying the knot in front of a few confused ghosts.
11. Harry Potter
The only thing that could make these Harry Potter inspired “Romance Managed” invitations by Etsy seller oneLittleM any more perfect would be if you had to say “I solemnly swear I support this union” for the ink to appear.
12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
This wedding invitation for Offbeat Bride reader Holly & her partner's big day isn’t actually a full novel. It just looks like the cover of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy -- that is, if it was printed by Penguin Books a few decades ago.
13. Library Cards
Here’s a design that would be perfect for our own Miss Kathleen—that’s right, they look like old library check out cards. If you’re wondering how Offbeat Bride contributor FolkFusionista made them look so accurate, well, it certainly helped that her fiancé is a librarian. As for the past dates on the cards, well, both of the parties had already been married before, so they simply included their previous “check out dates” and crossed them out on the invites.
14. Periodic Table
Love science? Then you’ll love this periodic table of save the date with molecular diagrams in the background. My favorite part is that Offbeat Bride reader Stacy Rebek kept the real elements whenever possible.
15. Report Cards
For those who excelled in English and Science and all of their other class subjects, these Love report cards are always a good option. Of course, when it comes to love, your scores in Physics and History aren’t quite as important, so these invitations from Minted.com grade the couple on Faith, Hope, Love, Honor and Cherishing one another.
Have any of you used (or seen) geeky wedding invites or save the dates? If so, tell us about them in the comments – especially if you had any odd reactions from those who received them.
Also, if you just can't get enough, then enjoy a few more geeky invites over at Oddee.