I’m going to a “theme wedding”. That is, not just the bride & groom will be dressed according to a theme, but they have also extended the challenge to all the invited guests. About the theme-part, the invitation reads:
“Theme: Nostalgia. Let your imagination take you back to the 1800s, or come dressed as you would in 2011.” (so yes, it is actually optional).
I have been asked to and accepted to be the toastmaster of said wedding. Obviously, this implies I have to follow the theme-idea faithfully. And I intend to! But how?
I need some help. I am hereby enlisting the knowledgeable participants of the SDMB Cafe Society (or otherwhere, threadwise, if moved), to help me out with my attire for that very special night. Here are some bullet points:
[li] What is an appropriate costume/outfit for a toastmaster, staying true to the 1800s-theme? The wedding takes place in Norway, by the way, but don’t let that bridle your imagination - I know the bride and groom very well, and their motivation for the theme is that they enjoy the Victorian era. Well, at least she does. You know…[/li]
[li] At big royal/ceremonial/whatever occasions, there’s this cliché-guy standing at the entrance with a huge cane that he bangs to the floor announcing every guest. I won’t be doing that job at the wedding (noone will, I guess), but what’s the title of that job? It is similar enough that many people will get the association if I could match the outfit. Knowing the title and job description of that dude would help my already lacking google-fu immensely…[/li]
[li] I am willing to spend quite a bit on a costume. Of course even I have my limits, but don’t let it be a hindrance to your imagination. I don’t want something that looks like a halloween-costume, I want something that has proper quality and doesn’t look too “cheap”. I expect and and suppose to have to have something custom made and delivered to me, according to my exact measurements. The wedding is at the end of May, so I still have some time.[/li][/ul]
So, in short, I need help with:
[li] Ideas for the costume?[/li][li] Links to places that make such costumes?[/li][li] Other good ideas?[/li][li] Cutting down on bullet-pointing?[/li][/ul]