Ludwig, would you consider a Renn Faire wedding? It might be tough, but I think you could pull it off.
I was married at the Rennaissance Faire in Riverside, California in 2003. It was my second marriage so I wanted to do what I always wanted. My first wedding was a complete disaster, my father died 2 weeks before, my mother broke her ankle, my aunt was hospitalized with cancer, on and on and on. I should have taken it as a hint.
I decided to do a Renn wedding this time. I did everything myself. Took me 6 months. I made the garland hairpieces for all the girls, medieval invitations and “jeweled” gift bags for the guests. We had a ton of kids so I made special medievel coloring books and toys. I also made scrolls containing a unique love poem from medieval poets along with the wedding program. A whole bunch more stuff. It was an awful lot of work but every bit of it was a joy. I never had so much fun in my life, right up to the last minute.
We bought our swords on E-bay. I got most everything on E-bay or at our local faire. My hubby and his brother got claymores. Giant things, about 5.2 feet long. Each groomsmen got a sword, all different. I only cared about the price really, and found a super deal on e-bay - 5 swords for $100. They looked fantastic. All different. The Claymores were under $100.
If you think this might be something you’d like to do, you have my email and I’d be thrilled to help you guys or give you any kind of pointers.