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Sparkly, colorful, & super eye-catching tights for your wedding day

Rockin' a white dress and need some wildness to show off in photos? Have a colorful dress that needs some matching bling underneath? I've found a whole collection of weird, wild, and super gorgeous eye-catching tights to wear under your dress or outfit. From sequins to rainbows to printed excerpts from novels to the easiest "something blue" ever… these are tights that will get noticed.

An ultra chic high-flying hot air balloon elopement over Palm Springs

Caity and Tim are two adventurers from Australia who had planned a cross-country road trip that began with a sunrise elopement in a hot air balloon that floated over the Palm Springs desert. After they touched down, it was on to exploring the desert towns and meandering back to the hotel for brunch by the pool. They then planned the rest of their cross-country road trip across America.

Just wait until you see this ultra chic high-flying hot air balloon wedding…

Think you can't have a small, super chic NYC wedding for $3500? A Pop Up Wedding will change your mind

When it comes to making wedding planning chic, fun, and SUPER EASY, there's nothing like a pop up wedding. It's like an elopement, but more styled, more fun details, and in this case, a TON done for you by a seriously professional and knowledgeable wedding planner. Yep, we're introducing one of our coolest partners, THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE, wedding planner extraordinaire, with a whole new offering you'll dig…

Movies & mayhem at this joyful pop culture wedding (feat. a flower man!)

The return of the FLOWER MAN is here with this pop culture-loving wedding. Here's how it went down… We had nods to what we love everywhere. We had a Star Wars ice sculpture (half rebel alliance logo, half empire logo, and our first kiss was during A New Hope), Pulp Fiction cookie favors, a Game of Thrones donut wall, movie titled signature drinks…it was just us and things we love.

Golden snitches and kilts at this geeky Scottish-inspired wedding in Maine

Denae and Daniel clearly spent so much time and so much love on the details of their Harry Potter geek Scottish wedding in Maine. Danae scouted all of her table settings from thrift stores to create the vintage-inspired setup. The ceremony archway was framed by replicas of the couple's pets: their cats and their lizard!

To cap it all off, there was a rainbow just as the reception was beginning. You just have to see it!

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Elegant goth wedding rings with an eerie edge: black diamonds, skulls, & sinister details

For those among us into dark and elegant chicness, goth styles, Halloween themes, and who wouldn't be caught dead in anything but black, there ARE rings for you. Super elegant, creepily awesome goth wedding rings, engagement rings, and wedding bands to tickle your sinister senses.

These aren't your mama's wedding rings (unless your mama's into skulls!). Let's go shopping on the dark side…

Jon Snow & Ygritte's happy ending: Game of Thrones wedding inspiration (with real "direwolf!")

If you're as obsessed with the real life love story of Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie as I am, this Game of Thrones wedding inspiration is going to blow your mind. In true Stark style, Jon Snow and Ygritte get the ending they deserved — a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and reception at The Longhouse with a backdrop full of antlers, swords, house banners, faux furs, and a real live "direwolf" companion.

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15 wedding capes for a little coverage or a TON of drama

Going for a little extra sheer coverage, an elegant hood, cool weather warmth, or some major drama and glam? Wedding capes run the gamut of style and are seriously in style and in our hearts forever when it comes to offbeat wedding fashion. I do a happy dance whenever I get to tag a post with "wedding cape." Please let me do it more!

Here are some of my favorite wedding capes, offbeat-style..

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When your stunning pink wedding dress is a $90 Amazon find

We featured this gorgeous bride, Skyler, on our Instagram and people went a little wild. Her en fuego hair, that elegant venue, and her fab pink wedding dress that must have cost a pretty penny from some bridal salon. Wait, what's that again? It's under a hundred bucks on Amazon? It comes in more than 16 colors? Buuuh, okay… *Runs over to Amazon before the sentence is finished.*

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An ultra chic high-flying hot air balloon elopement over Palm Springs

Caity and Tim are two adventurers from Australia who had planned a cross-country road trip that began with a sunrise elopement in a hot air balloon that floated over the Palm Springs desert. After they touched down, it was on to exploring the desert towns and meandering back to the hotel for brunch by the pool. They then planned the rest of their cross-country road trip across America.

Just wait until you see this ultra chic high-flying hot air balloon wedding…

Movies & mayhem at this joyful pop culture wedding (feat. a flower man!)

The return of the FLOWER MAN is here with this pop culture-loving wedding. Here's how it went down… We had nods to what we love everywhere. We had a Star Wars ice sculpture (half rebel alliance logo, half empire logo, and our first kiss was during A New Hope), Pulp Fiction cookie favors, a Game of Thrones donut wall, movie titled signature drinks…it was just us and things we love.

Golden snitches and kilts at this geeky Scottish-inspired wedding in Maine

Denae and Daniel clearly spent so much time and so much love on the details of their Harry Potter geek Scottish wedding in Maine. Danae scouted all of her table settings from thrift stores to create the vintage-inspired setup. The ceremony archway was framed by replicas of the couple's pets: their cats and their lizard!

To cap it all off, there was a rainbow just as the reception was beginning. You just have to see it!

This art museum wedding was a celebration of outsider art, craftiness, and veggie comfort food

Taylor and Jade chose the American Visionary Art Museum as their venue because it's a space they personally love, and they appreciate that it features outsider art. And of course, throughout the celebration, guests could wander the museum and look at the art. Bonus for art lovers! To up the craftiness game, Jade sewed her entire wedding outfit! Their decor was also heavily DIYed and included succulents and sprigs of Eucalyptus.

For favors, they gave out prints of a film photograph Taylor had taken at one of their favorite spots. This wedding just screams sincerity and we can't get enough of it…

Recent Advice

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Do I need to invite someone's adult daughter to my intimate wedding?

My sister wants us to invite her boyfriend's adult daughter to our wedding, even though we've never met her. Her family already accounts for five invitations for her household already.

We have worked so hard to keep our wedding small and intimate and quite frankly don't want a stranger there. Are we being selfish?

10 tips for wearing a wedding corset (+ a trunk show in Seattle!)

Corsets are a major element of bridal fashion. Since most wedding dresses have some corset structures built into them, it's not surprising that some opt to go full steam and wear a "real" corset as a visible or foundation element to their wedding look. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're tempted by the idea of special occasion corsetry…

How do we communicate that we sincerely want no wedding gifts?

When it comes to gift-giving, the general consensus among my peers is that you give what you can, if you wish. As far as we're concerned, your presence is present enough — especially considering that we are a bunch of broke Millennials.

My extended family, however, hardcore-believes in tangible gifts. Some of them are sticklers for the traditional (and comfortably middle-class) notion of extensive and expensive gifts at shower, hen party, and wedding. It's generous, but also uncomfortable, at odds with our values, and not always string-free. How can I discourage gifts at my wedding?

Are there accessible wedding invitations for sight-impaired guests?

While there are lots of invitations designers who either already produce accessible wedding invitations or can easily customize them for you, my first thought actually went to a video invitation! If you, or someone you know or can hire, can whip up a video invitation that speaks the information (at least the major highlights of date, time, location, etc.), that might be a secondary way to make sure your partner's grandmother can watch and re-watch to get the info on to her calendar. But I digress. Here are a few vendors who can craft up beautiful, large print, and accessible invites for your inclusive wedding…

Combine a photo booth with a favor and you'll have this "photo wall" wedding idea

So you want to collect guest photos, maybe display them somehow at the wedding, and provide a way for guests to take them home as a favor? Any or all of these can be accomplished with this little trick from reader Kassie. She snagged a portable photo printer with wifi which will allowed her guests to snag photos with their phones, print them on the fly, and add them to the glorious display on a big photo wall. I love this idea because you'll get loads of photos, tons of selfies of people in their best finery, and save cash on a photo booth.

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In case of dementor attack, you'll need this Harry Potter wedding favor

If you're a Potterphile, you know that chocolate bars have their own powers of soothing you after a dementor attack. So at a wedding with Harry Potter details (where a dementor could prey, naturally!), why not offer up some DIY Harry Potter wedding favors that will do the job nicely. Plus, it only takes some inexpensive chocolate bars, some printer paper, and a printable chocolate bar wrapper.

DIY this super easy ping pong ball light garland

DIY weddings are more popular than ever since DIY projects can save you beaucoup bucks in the process. So if you need some seriously pretty mood lighting for your DIY decor, this easy ping pong ball light garland is your go-to DIY wedding project. Plus, they function as garland/bunting for a ceremony backdrop of for stringing along the ceiling in your venue.

They're cheap, easy to make, and they look gorgeous lighting the rest of your decor (and photo ops!). The ping pong balls give off a warm, soft glow, perfect for setting the mood.

Here's how to make these killer lights…

How to DIY coloring pages from a photo for your wedding reception

We've been throwing around the idea of this wedding coloring sheet for years but never had a great tutorial for how to make one yourself, which you absolutely can do. Yep, you don't have to outsource this project to someone else if you have access to a program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Pixlr. I'm going to be demonstrating it with Photoshop, but the steps are mostly translatable between each program.

Here's how to do it…

Give your guests vintage valentine favors at your Valentine's Day wedding (free printables!)

When it comes to free printables, there's little more prolific as vintage Valentines (which I love!). Give all of the guests at your Valentine's Day wedding a little slice of nostalgia that they can keep forever in scrapbooks and memory boxes. Plus, these are free printables so they'll only cost you the price of the paper! What a steal.

Here are some of my favorite vintage valentine favors to save, print, and gift to your guests…

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Sparkly, colorful, & super eye-catching tights for your wedding day

Rockin' a white dress and need some wildness to show off in photos? Have a colorful dress that needs some matching bling underneath? I've found a whole collection of weird, wild, and super gorgeous eye-catching tights to wear under your dress or outfit. From sequins to rainbows to printed excerpts from novels to the easiest "something blue" ever… these are tights that will get noticed.

Think you can't have a small, super chic NYC wedding for $3500? A Pop Up Wedding will change your mind

When it comes to making wedding planning chic, fun, and SUPER EASY, there's nothing like a pop up wedding. It's like an elopement, but more styled, more fun details, and in this case, a TON done for you by a seriously professional and knowledgeable wedding planner. Yep, we're introducing one of our coolest partners, THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE, wedding planner extraordinaire, with a whole new offering you'll dig…

This Italian destination photographer is making us PINE for a wedding in Italy

Destination weddings and elopements are de rigueur these days. It's often orders of magnitude easier to plan an elopement and destination weddings fabulously combine vacation with a wedding. Win-win! If you're looking at an Italian destination wedding (omg YES!), I've got the Italian destination photographer for you. Let me introduce you to our rad partner, the adventuring and super talented Duccio Argentini.

BIG news from one of our most popular wedding photographers, Milestone Images, means a RAD deal for you

Our LOOONGTIME partner and photography goddess Angela Gaul of Hudson Valley's Milestone Images has worked miracles for offbeat couples, from making wedding photography affordable to those who may otherwise not be able to snag it, to providing stunning images to couples from quirky to totally immersed in subcultures.

It's been a while since we talked with her and now we've got REASONS. Big news in her personal life AND huge news for those of you on a budget looking for top-notch wedding photography. Let's see what's new with Angela…

Dreaming of a Wai-Ching dress? It's SO in reach (with a new website, extended hours, and tons of ways to customize!)

I can't think of a dress vendor who has been our ride-or-die partner as long as Wai-Ching has. These dresses have been a STAPLE of Offbeat Bride readers since we got our start in 2007. I can't imagine having more faith in a dress maker and business than Chrissy Wai-Ching's Seattle-based dress business.

We've long been drooling over her hand-created sustainable wedding wear and distinctive custom dresses in silk, hemp, and other natural fibers. Here's why we continue to cheer on this amazing artisan and ogle every Wai-Ching dress that crosses our path…

Recent Wedding 101

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I bought a colored wedding dress and now everyone's mad! What should I do?

I come from a family of strict traditionalists when it comes to everything, especially weddings. I recently bought a peach wedding dress with no sleeves and expressed I wanted light blue hair and Converse to go with it. As you can imagine, things didn't go over well. When I try to stand up for my wedding choices, I'm shamed for it.

Please help!

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Wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and beyond

I'm compiling this list of wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in case you want to avoid holidays where family and friends might have conflicting events, holidays where vendors might be especially busy and/or expensive (think Valentine's Day for florists), or religious holidays where places might be closed or guests might have other plans.

Does this mean you CAN'T book your wedding for one of these days? Hell no!

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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Your cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation

When it comes to invitation wording, we've got you covered. But what if you just need a cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation? What do you HAVE to include and what's just a nice-to-have? Here's a recap of all the information you'll want on there, what bonus information helps, and what you can totally offshore to a wedding website. Let's get to cheatsheeting!

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How to create your bridal shop moment with your online bought dress

It's way easier to buy online than it ever has been before. This online shopping convenience comes with a tiny cost, though: you don't have that bridal store moment where you let your crew see you in the dress/outfit and ooh and ahh. The remedy? Create that shit yourself!

Here are my tips to create your bridal shop moment with your online purchased dress…

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