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20 Wedding Ideas That Let You Geek Out On Your Big Day

20 Wedding Ideas That Let You Geek Out On Your Big Day

On most days, you aren’t afraid to let your nerd flag fly, so why should your wedding day be any different?

Pink roses and frilly lace aren’t for everyone. If you want your wedding to show just how geeky you two are, you should consider integrating any (or all!) of the following 20 wedding ideas into your nuptial celebrations.

Geek Your Eats

Who gets excited by plain white buttercream frosting anymore? Now that we know just how outrageous and awesome baked goods can be, there is no reason to settle for a boring wedding cake.

You can glean inspiration from any of the following nerdy cakes, or you can dream up your own geeky eats.

starwars

    This Star Wars cake perfectly balances the opposing desires to be classy and to be funky.

    Amanda McKinnon Photography

    batman

      Masquerading as a typical wedding cake, this Batman-inspired cake is ready to be the dessert your wedding deserves.

      Stilleto Studio

      harry-potter

        We can totally imagine this Harry Potter–inspired cake at Harry and Ginny’s nuptials.

        Fine Cakes by Zehra

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        lord-of-the-rings

          Though elves probably don’t indulge in needless indulgences, this stunning Lord of the Rings cake would be right at home in Rivendell.

          Cake Central

          game-of-thrones

            It seems like you are courting disaster on par with the Red Wedding with a Game of Thrones–themed cake like this.

            Choccy Woccy

            Cosplay All Day

            There is a fine line between traditional and boring. Since this is your celebration of love, you should make it as personal as possible — which could mean dressing up like someone else. Cosplaying requires incredibly elaborate clothing, which could be perfect for your special day. The following cosplayers demonstrate possible get-ups that definitely break the same old boring mold.

            sailor-moon

              Who doesn’t want to be Princess Serenity from Sailor Moon?

              usagi-tsukino-krv

              zelda-link

                This Princess Zelda is ready to marry her hero Link.

                Celestial Exploring

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                world-of-warcraft

                  It is impossible to calculate just how many marriages are the result of excellent teamwork and unexpected romance during World of Warcraft raids.

                  Sosi Studio

                  vocaloid

                    The anime, Vocaloid, is an excellent source of inspiration for fancy gowns with a geeky twist.

                    Norberto Briceno

                    luke-leia

                      Everyone wants a romance like Luke and Leia from Star Wars, and for the most important day of your relationship, you can have it.

                      Fandi

                      Use Science in Your Signage

                      Sure, you could keep your invitations, signs, and programs simple and straightforward to prevent confusion, or you could make them fun with a heaping dose of science. These wedding invitations (seating charts, etc.) use chemistry — and not the kind between the bride and groom — mathematics, and more to keep the party going in the right direction.

                      circuits

                        By wiring circuits, you can craft your own light-up invitations. You can consider it a relationship-building activity.

                        The Mind of Bill Porter

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                        periodic-table

                          This seating chart draws inspiration from Mendeleev to ensure every guest is surrounded by guests with similar properties — I mean personalities.

                          Vis Photography

                          molecules

                            This is an excellent opportunity to have fun with your guests by assigning them to hilarious molecules like moronic acid or traumatic acid.

                            Party Marshmallow

                            coding

                              Computer scientists can’t help but make functions for everything they do — including marriage.

                              Swash and Fold

                              pi

                                As long as you follow the numbers of pi, you’ll end up in your future spouse’s arms.

                                Michelle Roller Photography

                                Ring in Your Nerdy Marriage

                                Most couples choose to solidify their nuptials with an exchange of rings, but there isn’t much meaning in a regular diamond. Luckily, CustomMade artist Paul Bierker is in the business of designing rings to suit your particular flavor of geek.

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                                Here are some of Paul’s most noteworthy creations.

                                adventure-time

                                  You can pledge to be best pals for life with Adventure Time–themed rings.

                                  wonder-woman

                                    This Wonder Woman ring will keep your relationship strong for life — even when your spandex wears out.

                                    triforce

                                      You can use the power of the Triforce to keep your love strong.

                                      pokeball

                                        You can keep your love caught in this dazzling Pokeball ring.

                                        droid

                                          You definitely don’t have to compromise on the precious gemstones to have a nerdy ring. This droid-inspired beauty has sapphires, rubies, and a brilliant diamond.

                                          Featured photo credit: 21limited via imcreator.com

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                                          Last Updated on March 14, 2019

                                          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

                                          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

                                          Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

                                          For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

                                          Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

                                          1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

                                          A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

                                          It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

                                          It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

                                          How it helps you:

                                          If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

                                          Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

                                          2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

                                          Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

                                          Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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                                          How it helps you:

                                          Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

                                          Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

                                          If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

                                          Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

                                          3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

                                          Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

                                          Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

                                          How it helps you:

                                          This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

                                          For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

                                          Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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                                          A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

                                          4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

                                          To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

                                          A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

                                          How it helps you:

                                          One word: hierarchy.

                                          All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

                                          In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

                                          If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

                                          5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

                                          Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

                                          Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

                                          How it helps you:

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                                          Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

                                          If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

                                          This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

                                          6. What do you like about working here?

                                          This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

                                          Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

                                          How it helps you:

                                          You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

                                          Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

                                          Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

                                          7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

                                          What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

                                          As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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                                          How it helps you:

                                          What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

                                          First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

                                          Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

                                          Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

                                          Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

                                          Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

                                          Making Your Interview Work for You

                                          Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

                                          Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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