Yes, we want this wedding to be as medieval as possible. Yes, we realize that a lot of our family and friends haven't a single medieval bone in their bodies. Yes, we still want you to try.
So, that said, we're going to help you look medieval as best we can.
You have three choices if you don't already have appropriate garb.
Well, we live in the middle of rural Pennsylvania where you're more likely to find an Amish buggy parked out front of the Giant Iggle than a good costuming store. Still, those of you from bigger towns may have this option. Think Knights, Princesses and Lord of the Rings and you'll be OK. Oh, and cheesy plastic swords are a good reason for a smackdown. Having no sword is better than having a plastic sword, unless you're a child.
We're not expecting anyone to do Rennaisance with the tights and cod pieces, but if you do, we will be certain to have photographic proof.
For those of you familiar with needle and thread, you can make your own garb. There are a variety of interesting patterns available at the major sewing supply shops thanks to the popularity of Lord of the Rings. Some are pretty simple, while others are complex and challenging to even the best amature tailor.
I recommend picking something out appropriate for you. For instance, if you're not a wizened old sage, then the Gandalf outfit is probably not for you. Conversly, if you're not one of our female friends, dressing as Arwen is right out.
If you want to keep it really simple, a T-Tunic is easy to make. Basically, it's a long t-shirt belted at the waist. Click here for directions on how to make a simple T-tunic.
You could also get a baggy pirate style shirt (popular thanks to The Pirates of the Carribean) and belt it at the waist. Wear some dark sweat pants and tuck them into your boots. Hang a dagger off your belt and you're set.
If you have friends like Myra and Cetach that do medieval reenactment, you could always borrow some garb from them. We will have some of our garb on hand at the wedding for people to borrow. In addition, we're going to make some basic tabards to wear over street clothes and a friend will be bringing several totes of loaner garb from the local reenactment group. So if you show up dressed inappropriately, we will dress you in garb. If this is your plan, let us know so we can try to have things there that will fit you. Of course, this will be first come, first serve so don't be upset if you wanted to be a princess and ended up a man in tights.
If you're gonna borrow our stuff, remember Myra's kinda tiny and only the smallest women will fit comfortably in her clothes. However, Cetach's a big guy and it's easy to get into his pants... wait, that's not what I meant.
You will want to bring your own accessories like belts, pouches, daggers, swords and the like. Oh, and a lot of this takes place outside, so wear comfortable shoes, even if they're not medieval.