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How we worded the invitations for our crowdfunded wedding

We have decided to crowdfund our wedding. It won't pay for everything, but it does mean we can focus on having a good time rather than scrimping and saving on every little thing. The tricky part was wording everything right on the invitations, so we didn't come off as stingy or cheap. I wrote a little poem to explain the crowdfunding. If anyone wants it, they can steal it…

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Craft beer and cheeseburgers abound at Sarah & John's wedding

Craft beer, food trucks, a mobile photo booth, and skillfully-created decor — this one is worthy of your eyes, friends. Don't miss the bride's chic wrap and fingerless gloves, the groom's fancy pants dapper suit, and mixed glass favors. Oh, and check out the advice about time between the wedding and the honeymoon!

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Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF

As a photographer, I follow wedding blogs and often find advice recommending couples to hire a photographer that “could be your friend.” This is something that I find incredibly odd, and sometimes not very good advice. This is not to say that if you find someone who is amazing and outgoing that you should not hire them (us photographers come in all shapes and personalities). I’d like to offer a few reasons why you should consider not solely hiring "someone who you could be friends with," and a few secrets that artists might not disclose every day…

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Jennie & Mary's garden party picnic and a capella wedding

Get ready to have your heart burst from the love encapsulated in this singing, dancing, and joyously laughing wedding. The venue is incredibly sweet, the Hawaiian shirt-clad officiant is darling, and the two brides know just how to bring a community together to share their love of each other and song.

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Our 30 best wedding ideas to steal

Is it rare to be encouraged to steal something? We happen to encourage you all to steal our Offbeat Bride ideas rather a lot. In fact, one of our biggest archives is full of wedding ideas that we'd really like you to steal, pretty please. And I couldn't get all of my favorites on this list (though I made sure to include my favorite tip for a post-ceremony activity). What I'm saying is, you should go have a wander through that once you're done with these 30 of my favorites.

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The bride wore pink, the groom wore blue… wedding hair!

After 10 years together, Brittney and Kevin said their vows outside on a sunny day last June in Michigan — and obviously had an absolute blast doing it. First, let's talk about how awesome these two look, please. Kevin sported an enviable shade of teal blue hair (matching his GLASSES in later pics!), and Brittney wows me with that electric pink… and a tiny bit of red and purple perhaps in there? Sigh. I love colored hair so hard. I also really love the shot we get of Brittney's fab underarm tattoos. What better moment to capture them than when she's being helped into her dress? Take note, all y'all with underarm tats.

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Craft beer and cheeseburgers abound at Sarah & John's wedding

Craft beer, food trucks, a mobile photo booth, and skillfully-created decor — this one is worthy of your eyes, friends. Don't miss the bride's chic wrap and fingerless gloves, the groom's fancy pants dapper suit, and mixed glass favors. Oh, and check out the advice about time between the wedding and the honeymoon!

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Jennie & Mary's garden party picnic and a capella wedding

Get ready to have your heart burst from the love encapsulated in this singing, dancing, and joyously laughing wedding. The venue is incredibly sweet, the Hawaiian shirt-clad officiant is darling, and the two brides know just how to bring a community together to share their love of each other and song.

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Aleah & Zach's music meets bibliophile wedding in the forest

This pair was torn between lobster and steak and a small courthouse elopement, so they compromised with a heavily DIYed and super adorable cottage in the forest backyard-style wedding. Get ready for eclectic (and budget-friendly!) centerpieces, a sweet first look, and a couple of super cute mishaps not to be missed.

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Zombies, Vikings, and a hawk: Shelley & Eric know funny weddings

with two comedy writers getting hitched, there's bound to be hilarity in store. Get ready for a zombie processional (including the bride taking them down with an AX BOUQUET), a getaway GamerBUS full of consoles, a Viking sword exchange, a hawk ring bearer, and Chipotle catering. Plus, prepare for an amazing idea to collect money for your honeymoon or charity at the reception!

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How we worded the invitations for our crowdfunded wedding

We have decided to crowdfund our wedding. It won't pay for everything, but it does mean we can focus on having a good time rather than scrimping and saving on every little thing. The tricky part was wording everything right on the invitations, so we didn't come off as stingy or cheap. I wrote a little poem to explain the crowdfunding. If anyone wants it, they can steal it…

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Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF

As a photographer, I follow wedding blogs and often find advice recommending couples to hire a photographer that “could be your friend.” This is something that I find incredibly odd, and sometimes not very good advice. This is not to say that if you find someone who is amazing and outgoing that you should not hire them (us photographers come in all shapes and personalities). I’d like to offer a few reasons why you should consider not solely hiring "someone who you could be friends with," and a few secrets that artists might not disclose every day…

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Turn that to-do into WOOHOO: The best wedding advice ever

Surely, with such an easygoing and organized bride, this was bound to be a stress-free process, right? HA. During planning month six out of ten, I broke down crying while talking to my mom about something wedding-related. My mom turned around and gave me the best advice I received during the course of planning my wedding.

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How to plan a disability-friendly wedding

You’re recently engaged? Congratulations! As you've probably discovered, images of brides and grooms with disabilities will not be easily found within the pages of popular magazines. So there are probably very few examples to generate ideas and reminders for all of details you’ll need to incorporate into your event. That's why you should check out these tips for planning an accessible ceremony, disability-friendly considerations for your reception, and accommodating guests with different needs…

Recent Features

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"Who's the 'groom' in your lesbian wedding?" Gender stereotypes and assumptions with gay weddings

"So, who's the guy in your relationship?" This question (or versions of it) is one of the more common questions posed to lesbian couples and the most frustrating. The reverse is true of male couples. While most people have posed this question with absolutely no malice or agenda, people in same-sex relationships (including myself) can get kind of huffy about it. That is not always helpful, so lets talk about that question.

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30 wedding shoes under $40

Before I even get into this post, I want to acknowledge something: when you're looking at shoes this price, your priorities on not necessarily on things like "ethical production" or "quality constructive." Sometimes, you set those concerns aside because you've got a max of two $20 bills budgeted for your wedding shoes. That priority in mind, let's bask in 30 pairs of wedding shoes, all under $40. LOTS of flats in here, by the way — although with prices like this, size options can be limited. The good news is that some of these go up to size 16!

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Gather 'round and let's enjoy some wedding wedges

Some of us get a little shaky on any sort of spiked heel, and wedges can be a great way to get an elevated heel without the ankle-twisting. In addition to being generally more walkable, wedges have the added benefit of being lawn-friendly for those of you having your weddings outdoors — no need to think about sinking up to your ankles in the grass.

This reduced shakiness AND improved grass-walkingness in mind, I'm going to round up some of my very favorite wedge shoes today. If I missed your favorites, leave a comment!

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Trawling eBay's sparkly wedding shoes, so that you don't have to!

Oh, eBay. You're a treasure trove of great deals, but also a snakepit of weirdness. Part of the fun is that you never quiiiite know what you're going to get (and if it's coming from China, you never quiiiite know the ethics of how it was manufactured). Lots of the shoes on the site are one of a kind, available only in one size. Heck, by the time you read this, half these shoes could already be sold out! That said, there's no denying that when you hit it right… you can feel like you hit the sparkly-footed jackpot…

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