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 ← Older Comments Comment navigation ← Older 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.