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A blue-haired bride and bearded bassist let us bask in their darkly elegant wedding

Laura and Chris rocked their elegant meets goth wedding at Highbury Hall in Birmingham, UK. Laura's fabulous grey-blue hair had us all in from the start. Their venue had a slightly haunted feel to it, so it was perfect for their goth-inspired nuptials. They included fall colors, shoes with squirrels on the soles, and a playlist filled with The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Stevie Nicks.

Let's see the whole darkly elegant wedding…

Show off your weird wedding vibes with these new Offbeat Bride shirts

We've got some new branding (history of that here!) and new Offbeat Bride shirts to go with it. If you're down with rocking your own offbeat-ness, these are up for grabs over at our Spreadshirt store.

We find these are particularly useful when meeting with new vendors so they know you're down for more off-the-beaten-aisle ideas. Or maybe you're one of our longtime readers and just want to be a part of the cool kids club with a killer shirt.

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This pop culture wedding wins all with a Pac-Man suit, Mario Kart, and a Delorean(!)

When the bride rocks her ink and the groom (and his Funko double!) wears a Pac-Man suit, you know you're in for a wild and woolly pop culture wedding. You'll dig the comedy background music, faux tattoo station, YouTube comedy video area complete with popcorn, projected Mario Kart, board games, and Easter eggs for Jurassic Park, Back to the Future (a Delorean!), The Muppets, and all kinds of TV and movies.

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Sell the shit out of your wedding with a wedding sales flyer save-the-date

"HUGE SAVINGS of the date!" This sales flyer originally featured at Colleen and David ultra colorful wedding slayed us. Free booze! Free entertainment! SAVE SAVE SAVE the date! Are you loving this hilarious sales flyer save-the-date? So kitschy, so awesome, and it was sure to have given many chuckles to their guests.

Plus, they promised some killer free tote bags (we can't resist!) and they delivered, as you'll see below. It was tres funny.

Recent Real Weddings

A blue-haired bride and bearded bassist let us bask in their darkly elegant wedding

Laura and Chris rocked their elegant meets goth wedding at Highbury Hall in Birmingham, UK. Laura's fabulous grey-blue hair had us all in from the start. Their venue had a slightly haunted feel to it, so it was perfect for their goth-inspired nuptials. They included fall colors, shoes with squirrels on the soles, and a playlist filled with The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Stevie Nicks.

Let's see the whole darkly elegant wedding…

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This pop culture wedding wins all with a Pac-Man suit, Mario Kart, and a Delorean(!)

When the bride rocks her ink and the groom (and his Funko double!) wears a Pac-Man suit, you know you're in for a wild and woolly pop culture wedding. You'll dig the comedy background music, faux tattoo station, YouTube comedy video area complete with popcorn, projected Mario Kart, board games, and Easter eggs for Jurassic Park, Back to the Future (a Delorean!), The Muppets, and all kinds of TV and movies.

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A fantastical Lord of the Rings meets Midsummer Night's Dream wedding

Music, decor, and fantasy elements from Lord of the Rings, a Midsummer Night's Dream, and other fantasy epics color this gorgeous and lush outdoor wedding in Georgia. Just wait until you see the little hobbits running around, the amazing ceremony backdrop, and the Rivendell ceremony entrance banners. Swoon city! You'll find your love at this fantastical Lord of the Rings wedding.

Elopement goals: An intimate and romantic Italian elopement in Venice

Diana and Manuel took a gondola tour of the Grand Canal in Venice at their lovely Italian elopement. They made stops at the piazza for photos and, of course, their intimate sunset ceremony alongside the canal, serenaded by a soprano. Passersby couldn't stop starign (as you'll see!) as the pair strolled around in their formal wear and matching blue orchids for the bouquet and boutonniere. It's an elopement dream. Plus, Italy is never a bad idea! Let's take a peek at this elopement in Venice…

Trapeze, tulle, and two ladies at a stunning Seattle wedding

Gabrielle and Laura’s Seattle wedding day started off with a bang with some high-flying first look photos at at Emerald City Trapeze. Their custom-made dresses, book paper flower bouquets, and luminous chuppah were a total highlight, but the reception at Urban Light Studios also had an ice cream bar, traditional hora, and tons of string lights.

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Self-funded wedding budget: one couple's lessons learned

We got married October 2016, and we paid for 90% of the wedding. We have a few self-funded wedding budget tips and examples for making it work when you're on your own budget. The biggest thing I found for saving is networking and negotiating.

Most importantly for us was picking our "thing" — the one thing you want to splurge on/don't want to have a wedding without.

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Honoring a wedding you're not invited to: advice for an estranged mother

My daughter has estranged me and excluded me from her wedding.

A few good friends are keeping me company that day and I would like to plan an authentic small ritual to honour and celebrate my daughter and her fiance's love and union. Nothing religious, but something spiritual. Can you offer suggestions?

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Wedding as a political act: 8 ways to show your wedding is part of the resistance

We've talked for years about folks who've used their weddings as political statements, most notably with marriage equality back before it became legal nationwide… but we're in a different era now, and I'd argue that things are way more overwhelming than they were back then.

Let's talk about a few ways to make a political statement with your wedding…

How to become a wedding officiant: online churches to get ordained

Are you looking to have a familiar face as your wedding officiant? A friend or family member instead of a stranger? It's an appealing thought in a lot of cases, especially if you're living the secular life. This post is meant to be shared with your chosen pal so they can find out how to become a wedding officiant, and and where to get ordained.

Recent Features

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My crop top wedding dress will not be timeless… and that's totally okay

During my current brief stint in the apocalyptic landscape that is the contemporary wedding industry, an insidious pressure has latched itself onto my consciousness. The pressure to be Timeless, Classic, and Elegant. But on many months of tortured reflection about being my Most Beautiful Self, here is the terrifying secret I've come to discover. And it all comes back to my crop top wedding dress…

Why a murder mystery rehearsal dinner is a KILLER idea for a wedding party

We got this idea from one of the most epic Halloween weddings we've featured, Sharon and Kevin's three-themed gothic wedding. We definitely got caught up in one of their ideas: a murder mystery rehearsal dinner! The best part of getting people into a themed party like this is that it's going to give guests a reason to talk to one another and let their guards down. Apparently they even kept up the characters after the party! Let's hear from Sharon on how it went down…

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Best engagement rings for punching Nazis in the face

You know what I think would make America great again? Make it a time where it's okay for Captain America to punch Hitler in the face. Where we stand up to Facism and hatred and take action. In this vein, we decided to find the biggest, prettiest bling-y rings with which to punch a Nazi in the face.

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How we decided which wedding traditions to uphold or scrap

Sorting through wedding traditions is a Sisyphean task. American wedding traditions are a conglomeration of hundreds of different cultures, not to mention the endless traditions from our individual backgrounds. Traditions, especially ones associated with major life events, connect us with our past, reinforce our cultural values, and hold our communities together. We want to make sure we include elements of both of our families' cultures, but how do we figure out what to include and what not to include? Here's how…

Recent DIY

Snazz up your reception tables with these DIY menu candles

If you're not that chill with DIY, this ultra easy DIY menu candles project could be the one task you feel comfortable undertaking in your DIY wedding efforts. It takes about 20 minutes total and is pretty inexpensive, even if you need a ton of them. Here's what you'll need to create these DIY menu candles for your reception tables…

Happy trails with this trail mix favor bag printable

Remember this s'mores favor bag printable we featured a while back? I've got another free printable, this time for a trail mix bar, if you're going that route. This trail mix favor bag printable is so rad for letting guests scoop their own peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, granola, and whatever other trail mix ingredients you like. Let's see how to print your own trail mix favor bags…

Video games and guitars: How to DIY a save the date video

My husband and I saved about $200-300 because we learned how to DIY a save the date video. We thought it would be a waste if people got a paper save the date because most of those go in the garbage (Remember to Recycle). Who wants a koozie with our wedding date on it, anyway (I don't even want one for myself)? Ultimately, we wanted a video! Here's how we did it…

Recent Stuff we love

Show off your weird wedding vibes with these new Offbeat Bride shirts

We've got some new branding (history of that here!) and new Offbeat Bride shirts to go with it. If you're down with rocking your own offbeat-ness, these are up for grabs over at our Spreadshirt store.

We find these are particularly useful when meeting with new vendors so they know you're down for more off-the-beaten-aisle ideas. Or maybe you're one of our longtime readers and just want to be a part of the cool kids club with a killer shirt.

Keep your unity ceremony frozen in time forever with Unity in Glass

You might remember our sponsor Unity in Glass from when we first introduced them to you back in 2011 as an alternative unity ceremony. Unity in Glass was started with the help of a creative bride that wanted a hand blown vase made from their unity sand ceremony. Unity in Glass grew from a team of one, into a global team a five!

As if that alone wasn't awesome enough, here's what else is new from Unity in Glass (including a special offer!)…

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9 mind-blowing offbeat wedding images from Atlanta's Gemini and the Bear

Gemini and the Bear are a husband and wife photography and videography team from Atlanta. They've been an Offbeat Bride sponsor for the last year, working closely with our readers to shoot a ton of offbeat weddings, and MAN do they have some amazing images to show for it. Wanna see what those amazing photos look like? Get ready to get inspired, while you learn more about this Atlanta wedding photography and videography team…

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