In defense of smokin'-hot smoking brides

By on Feb. 15th

Kristen on the yellow bench.

Photo by Lauren Randolph

This is one of my favorite bride smoking photos of all time. It basically inspired this round-up. The photographer explained, "There was this great yellow bench out front, and Kristen wanted a cigarette. She didn't even care guests were arriving and they were going to see the bride — she wanted a good shot and the smoke break. She's the best little thing."

It's also odd that I should be putting together this roundup, because I'm not, nor will I ever be a smoker (I have really bad asthma, that's severely agitated by smoke), but I DO appreciate some of the dramatic and fun shots we've seen of smoking brides not hiding their habit on their wedding day. That said, of course some people see smoking brides as "tacky" (yawn: aren't we done with that word yet?) or somehow setting a bad example for children at the wedding (puh-lease: brides are real people, not some sort of Disney princess character at an amusement park). Obviously, we all know smoking is bad for your health, but we support people planning weddings that are authentic expressions of who they are — and guess what? SOME PEOPLE SMOKE.

So, if you're wondering about whether or not to light up in your wedding dress, check out this roundup and decide for yourself…

Such a lovely night

A glass of wine and a cigarette, this bride knows how to party!

smokin' out back

Lindsay's pre-nuptial smoke. Her husband said that he wants this one for his desk. Photo by Jenna Stoltzfus

danielle smoking

Danielle smoking before her wedding.


And of course there's this Pulp Fiction reenactment that we all know and love.

Photo by Photo Pink

This is a photo of Erin and her sisters sharing a smoke and an adorable laugh.


You saw this in a Monday Montage, but it's so awesome I had to re-run it. Photo by Rock and Roll Wedding Photography

Bad Influence

This photo was entitled Bad Influence. Photo by Faith Hope Love Studio

Last but certainly not least: a bride with a cigar! Photo by Non Fiction Weddings

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Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.