My 2008 halloween costume: YOU! #Wedding trends#birdcage veil#boots#bouquet#cupcakes#dog#fluevogs#halloween#peacock feathers#red dress#tattooed bride#top hat#Tribe#veil October 31 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel After working on offbeatbride.com for almost two years now (and Offbeat Bride the book for another year before that!) I've started to see some definite trends in offbeat bride styles. I mean yes: we're all doing our own thang, but there are definitely elements that seem to pop up repeatedly in offbeat weddings. To celebrate this, I decided that this Halloween I would dress up as, well, YOU! I wanted to see how many offbeat bride trends I could pack into one outfit. No one in Seattle will get this costume at all — "goth drag queen?" "weird mary poppins?" — but I don't care. I did it for y'all because I love your style. SO, how many offbeat trends can you see in these shots? We'll start easy: Red wedding dress? Check. Actually a prom dress? Check. Purchased off eBay? Check! A colorful gothically delicious wedding in Newfoundland Are you up for an elegant industrial goth fix? Today is your day. Ashley and Paddy ooze delicious and colorful gothic energy in their 'til... [more] Oh, but there's SO much more… Tiny top hat? (Also from eBay!) Birdcage veil? That MAC lipstick everyone keeps raving about on the OBT? Check. Rockabilly-style tattooed chest-piece? (Granted, fake.) But check! Peacock feathers? Check. Hipster mustache? Check! Fleuvogs and skull detailing? Check! Headless groom/groveling bride? Check. Headless bride/groveling groom? Check. Coordinated wedding dog? Check. (That's my Li'l D, Sassafras!) Christy's classic "Just a minute, hon!" book shot? Check. And of course then there are the cupcakes. Offbeat brides looooove cupcakes, but perhaps none as much as me! (I recommend sliding the slideshow speed to 1 second/photo for maximum CUPCAKE HORROR!) And last but not least, Kambriel jacket for the full goth feel? CHECK! Very special thanks to my dear friend Ben Haley who so graciously took the time to play bridal portraiture with me to get all these ridiculous photos. SO! Offbeat Brides … any trends I missed? Maybe I'll do this every year, and we'll see what offbeat trends show up for Halloween 2009… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Wedding mustaches NEXT Beautiful dreadlocked bride Toggle comments [ 109 ] Comment navigation Newer Comments → You rock. This made my day! 4 agree Reply aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh i want that dog, that cupcake and that hat. and that lipstick. and whatever that awesome building is you're jumping in front of… yeah, i'll take that too. 3 agree Reply Ooh! Ooh! Where'd you get the hat/veil combo? Or did you make it? I covet thee, oh tiny tiny hat of cuteness!!! 1 agrees Reply Ariel, you look so seriously, drop-dead gorgeous!! 1 agrees Reply Awww, you're so cute! For full OBT goodness, I would say you should cut your hair short and dye it crazier colors, but I wouldn't want to change your lovely hair just for a costume. 0 agree Reply What a fantastic dress! Love the colour (and all the detail you've included – especially the fabulous book shot) 0 agree Reply Oh man! I was all excited about my husband and I going as Maverick and Goose… I even had my fake moustache ready, but now I wanna go as an OBB! Next year… next year…. 0 agree Reply um…. you look better in your halloween costume than most people on their ACTUAL wedding day. freakin awesome. 0 agree Reply This shows how much you care about all OBBs *sniff* 0 agree Reply you crack me up! this is great! i believe you have personified all of us OBB quite nicely! 0 agree Reply Ha! Awesome, the mustache shot and the cupcakes -love it, Happy Halloween Ariel. 0 agree Reply well-written and well-observed. clever. don't forget the husband in medieval/star wars/pirate costume as well… 0 agree Reply Best Halloween Costume Ever! This just made my very early morning. Too funny. Oh, but you forgot polka dots. I think thats one of the new big ones (and not just because of the polka dot dress hanging in my closet 0 agree Reply Fantastic! I don't think you missed a thing! 0 agree Reply O M G Ariel you f**king (edited because I'm at work!)rock!!! Not only are you gorgeous (like always), but it all goes together which is really freaking funny!! Awesome costume girl! 0 agree Reply So I definitely covet your outfit. you rock. way to represent the OBB's! 0 agree Reply VERY awesome! Totally made my morning! 0 agree Reply HA!! What a great idea! (and some of us in Seattle will get it if we were to see you out and about) For the person who asked, I believe the little top hat with veil is from Torrid. They tried to sell me a red one yesterday. 0 agree Reply radness! 0 agree Reply oh you look like you had SO much fun doing this. you ROCK!! 0 agree Reply Also, I'm getting married tomorrow… and have been a visitor to your site since I got engaged. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration! 0 agree Reply too TOO awesome!! 0 agree Reply Thanks so much for the giggle, Ariel. I've just been watching news clips on BBC of what's happening in Congo, and was sitting here crying. Thanks for the comic relief. 0 agree Reply Ariel – you bring a special light to my day, even after my wedding. Thanks for being silly and embracing all that we as OBBs have to offer! 0 agree Reply You smite me with your unrelenting adorability. xoxo 0 agree Reply oh! this is beyond delightful! it looks like you had a lot of fun and you are rocking the offbreat bride costume! if only i knew about the tiny top hat, wee pup and mustaches… then i would have had an upbeat offbeat wedding! 0 agree Reply This soo rocks! Great Job, I think you hit them all!! 0 agree Reply dyed crinoline perhaps? but otherwise, that was awesome, now I want to go destroy a cupcake, darn this no carb diet! 0 agree Reply Hilarious! 0 agree Reply That's awesome! 0 agree Reply oh my god, this is hilariously awesome. and your dress is hawt! 0 agree Reply awesome hot and soooo fun! whee! 0 agree Reply Damn, Ariel! You look FANTASTIC! This is SO much better than the usual IT'S HALLOWEEN I WANT TO DRESS LIKE A NAUGHTY NURSE/SECRETARY/COP/MAID/BLAH BLAH BLAH! 0 agree Reply Ariel, this is fantastic, and utterly perfect! You look great, and the coordinated wedding dog looks very proud! Happy Hallowe'en! 0 agree Reply lol that's too cool! Happy Halloween! @~>~~ 0 agree Reply First, you look awesome! Second Happy Halloween! And third, I'll second Rahel with the fantasy/medieval/star wars LARP outfit! Your dog is adorable! 0 agree Reply Hahaha! You are so cute/awesome! 0 agree Reply that's so fabulous! you are gorgeous and i have dog/hat/lipstick/hair/cupcake envy! 0 agree Reply I keep giggling at "Hipster Moustache." You rock! I love this site so so so much. 0 agree Reply I also can't stop laughing at the cupcake shots. Ha! 0 agree Reply Hilarious cupcake slide show!! 0 agree Reply i am honored to be sister to such a perfectly perfect offbeat bride! and aunt to offbeat dog, of course! the 'just a minute, hon' shot is my favorite. props to dre for representing hellgate! 0 agree Reply HA, GILLIAN! To explain my sister-in-law's comment: "Hellgate High" is the name of my husband's high school Alma Mata. NO JOKE! 0 agree Reply *GASP* You're stealing my wedding!!!! and my pictures!!!! LMAO that's an awesome Halloween costume. 0 agree Reply great dress! love the eyemakeup and sas looks hot. 0 agree Reply Wow, you totally nailed it! You might consider making that chest piece permanent. GREAT photos too! With our wedding only two weeks behind us, I was considering going as a dead version of us as bride and groom, but figured it'd be bad luck or something. This is much more fun. Thanks for all the inspiration! 0 agree Reply Hey, you forgot unmatching bridesmaids!! Otherwise, dead on! Heehee. 0 agree Reply yay yay yay!!! Inspired I say! 0 agree Reply Oh lord, I'm feeling a bit admonished! Offbeat is not seeming so offbeat… Now to nix the peacock feathers, fluevogs and cupcakes from my plans! Just kiddin'. This is flipping hilarious. 0 agree Reply HA!! Girl – you crack me up!! I love it! You look uber hot too!! DAMN!!! HOT HOT HOT! The new offbeat: a white dress with red roses and traditional poses. HA! 0 agree Reply Amazing, and, I concur, Hot. I think the dress being tea-length would have helped. Maybe next year. I want to play offbeat bride bingo– I get birdcage, MAC lipstick, fluevogs, cupcakes, and freespace. Bingo! 0 agree Reply OMG, you look great what a kewl outfit you actually have quite a bit of my elements in there. You forgot the cupcake stand full of jello shooters. Drop by some night, I would gladly make some for you Love your site, you rock 0 agree Reply holy wow, you're the awesome! seriously, this is a brilliant idea–go, you! 0 agree Reply Oh, Ariel!! We love you! 0 agree Reply You F*#king rule AMS! Gros bises~ 0 agree Reply Oh what I would do to have graduated from a place called "Hellgate". I wish I had an excuse to get all decked out in OBB trends…. putting thinking cap on… 0 agree Reply Rodrigus, thanks for nailing it: this was really just an excuse to get to wear all the fun offbeat bride stuff that I didn't get to rock for my OWN wedding. 0 agree Reply yr so awesome dude. I think you got all of our elements perfect. Where are the handfasting chords though???? 0 agree Reply f*cking awesome! I love every bit of it. (I would have added a non floral bouquet of…….lollipops or some shit) 0 agree Reply […] delightful friend Ariel Meadow Stallings had me photograph her for the purpose of an Offbeat Bridge posting and general tomfoolery (some of you may remember my photographs of her book tour last year). The […] 0 agree Reply […] have two Halloween costumes, one where I match my book readers, and one where I match my dog: …they're both pretty dang […] 0 agree Reply HA! I'm dying! That is too great! But come on Seattle Girl, where's your Wai-Ching?? 0 agree Reply That is very cool… I wish we had more Halloween over here. Oh well. The only thing I can think of is having a tea length dress… Like mine will be one year from today!!! 0 agree Reply hey ariel you should do this EVERY year. 0 agree Reply So earlier I looked at the page and just saw a bride in a red dress with a top hat and dog, not even realizing it was you! KUDOS, my friend. 0 agree Reply I loved this. A lot. I like all the details that you put in from the skulls to the peacock feathers that reflect common, shared elements of the community. 0 agree Reply Hee! I love it. Also, that's where I'm having my wedding photos taken! I *love* the Deco-style doors of the museum. 0 agree Reply Best fake wedding photo shoot ever. I, too, am in love with Sassafras. What kind of dog is he? 0 agree Reply I call her a "bosthuahua" — a boston terrier/chihuahua mix. For the most part she got the best of each breed — including a chihuahua upper jaw and boston lower jaw which means a HILARIOUS underbite. 0 agree Reply OMG!!! This is so freakin' awesome!! And you look just gorgeous in those photos! 0 agree Reply Ariel, you look gorgeous! That might be the best post you've ever had! LOVE IT!! 0 agree Reply Fun! If I had infinite fundage I would find excuses to purchase so many OBB wedding outfits and just wear them. I especially love the icing on nose, as I am physically incapable of eating dessert without getting it on my face. It just tastes better that way. One of my bridesmaids says that she loves this about me because it reassures her that I have not been replaced by aliens. 0 agree Reply Wow. For a bunch of offbeat brides we do seem to follow the herd, it seems. I have completely re-thought my "kambriel jacket/mini top hat with veil" idea. Thank you. BTW: Awesome cupcake slideshow. My parents did something very similar for their '89 wedding, but with dairy-free cake and a bit messier. 0 agree Reply I totally want to marry you. 0 agree Reply Gulp, off to hide my red wedding Fluevogs! Shh… now I'm embarassed. All you needed was the red or fuschia 40's rockabilly updo and voila… the perfect composite OBB. Though, frankly, you've pretty much nailed it! 0 agree Reply Ariel- you look so fabulous. Love that dress and the cupcake sequence was priceless. Keep on being your awesome self. I love this community. -madilyne 0 agree Reply Love the crazy-eye cupcake eating! 0 agree Reply This was hilarious; awesome pictures! 0 agree Reply This is hilarious! You are rockin' Ariel! I'm not doing any of these things at my wedding….I feel even more offbeat now! 0 agree Reply You forgot everyone's favorite craft store- Etsy! lolz this made my day. 0 agree Reply You forgot the vintage swallow tattoo! Love it, Ariel. Especially the flicker cupcake feast! 0 agree Reply Soooo pretty. I just love it. 0 agree Reply this is triply hilarious… LOVE seeing the whole set sunshine! 0 agree Reply You Fucking Kill Me! I heart you Ariel! I especially heart the cupcake slideshow… MWAH! 0 agree Reply Awesome:) lookin' good 0 agree Reply Ariel, YOU ROCK! 0 agree Reply This is too funny!! The fake chest tattoo kills me! 0 agree Reply Youre a goober Ariel, and I love you. 0 agree Reply You're awesome – thanks – this is fabulous 0 agree Reply I had to add the link to our Topgun costumes. Turns out the moustache was wicked after all! 0 agree Reply Yep, Ariel, you're great. 0 agree Reply Fantastic effort Ariel!!! 0 agree Reply While reading this, I was thinking if my daughter took a good picture of me in my costume this year. I was a Dead Bride, simply because I was upset that day due to fighting with my so called groom to be, I actually cut up a wedding gown/costume for our halloween wedding and we were going to marry on November 1st 2008 but cancelled due to "can't work out problems with the wedding" If yall intrested in seeing the "costume" I will upload it for you all. Happy Day to you All!!! 0 agree Reply P.S…. you rock Ariel!!! beautiful pics!! 0 agree Reply AMAZING!!! You look fantastic… how much fun!! 0 agree Reply sooo much of that resembles my wedding very cute! 0 agree Reply […] be a little concerned by) the distinct Offbeat Bride trends. I mean, that's why I was able to recognizably dress up as an Offbeat Bride for Halloween, […] 0 agree Reply *snort* OMG, love it. Too fun! Righteous. ;D 0 agree Reply omg what makeup are you using??? it's gorgeous!!! 0 agree Reply f'ing fantastic cupcake photo slideshow. i nearly peed my pants. 0 agree Reply Comment navigation Newer Comments → Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.