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15 Delightfully Geeky Wedding Invitations

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We’ve brought you geeky engagement rings, wedding photos and wedding dresses. Now it’s time for geeky invitations!

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.

9. 8-Bit

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.

10. Pac-Man

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.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has a new wing, and it's celebrating with a giant LEGO masterpiece. The just-opened second-floor renovation of the museum focuses on American democracy with exhibitions on the theme "The Nation We Build Together." As such, the museum teamed up with LEGO to honor that symbol of the American melting pot, the Statue of Liberty. LEGO designers created a 125-pound, 1:32 scale replica of the New York City statue for display at the museum, where it will remain until the end of the year. In total, it rises 300 LEGO bricks tall (9 feet) and contains 25,375 pieces. Led by LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi, it took four builders 292 hours to put it together. You can watch the process in LEGO’s timelapse below.

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11 Fantastic Gifts for Geeky Grads
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Have a loved one who recently graduated high school, college, grad school, or a secret wizarding academy? Show your support with just the right gift.

1. OWL TAPESTRY; $34

No college dorm room is complete without a tapestry. Skip the usual kaleidoscopic designs and opt for something unique; Society6 has a whole slew of options, including this lovely bunch of owls. 

Find it: Society6

2. BEETLEJUICE HANDBOOK FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED; $15

In Tim Burton's world, dearly departed characters can get a sense of what to expect from the afterlife with the help of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Give the notebook version of the book to your grad and he or she can fill in whatever tips might be helpful.

Find it: ThinkGeek

3. GHOSTBUSTERS PLAYING CARDS; $10

Help your favorite grad pass the time between cram sessions with Albino Dragon's officially licensed Ghostbusters playing cards, which are decked out with original illustrations. Each face card has a different character from the classic ‘80s comedy, including Slimer, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore.

Find it: Amazon

4. BB-8 DESK LAMP; $30

All-nighters can be conducted under the soft glow of a BB-8 lamp, minus the concentration-breaking sound effects. The lamp comes in two sizes: 25.5 inches or 16 inches tall.

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. EXPLODING KITTENS; $20

Exploding Kittens is a popular card game for anyone who likes cats, explosions, and The Oatmeal website. The party game comes with 56 illustrated cards and allows for up to five players (or up to nine with the expansion pack). As the most-backed Kickstarter project of all time, it's practically guaranteed to be fun. 

Find it: Amazon

6. LOMOGRAPHY INSTANT CAMERA; $137

This retro camera lets users takes instant photos while feeling like an old-timey newspaper photographer—or Peter Parker. It comes with a flash, a close-up lens attachment, and two shutter speeds.

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7. SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT PLUSH; $19

Is this cat pillow dead or alive? You won't know until you cuddle up with it. One side features a happy, living cat while the other side depicts a ... well, you can figure out the rest. 

Find it: ThinkGeek

8. UNICORN ONESIE; $25 - $28

This blue kigurumi lets the wearer pretend to be a unicorn while being super comfortable. It's perfect for lounging around the dorm or a new apartment. 

Find it: Amazon

9. THE LORD OF THE RINGS DOORMAT; $30

A doormat that features a warning from Gandalf may not be the most welcoming item to put outside your front door, but at least it'll keep out the Balrog.

Find it: Amazon

10. DOCTOR WHO STEIN; $40

This officially licensed stein is the perfect container for throwing back all kinds of interdimensional drinks. It has a lid and enough room for 50 ounces of liquid.

Find it: Amazon

11. STAR WARS TOTE BAG; $70

Whether your grad is with the Rebels or the Empire, this bag has the right patches on either side to match his or her current alliance. The twill and faux leather tote has a document pocket on the Imperial side that closes with a magnetic snap. There's also an interior pocket with a zipped pouch for transporting important memory drives across the galaxy.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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