We've been fans of non-matching bridesmaids since 2008, but we're making love extra hard with the way that Liz here not only let her bridesmaids pick their own dresses, but celebrated their choices via these super-luxe photos from Rachel Joy Photos. Especially this one shot you have GOT to see, where the bridesmaids share how they met the bride…
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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. You can gossip with her on twitter: @offbeatariel
It's been a while since I did a shoe post for mah ladies who wear larger-sized shoes (did you know we have an entire archive?), so those of us who are over a size 10, let's gather around the screen and enjoy some sweet-ass bridal footwear that actually fits your sweet-ass feet. Most of these are from Barefoot Tess, and most of them are available up to a size 15.
This is Zam. Lily from Wild About You Photography photographed Zam and his bride Athena in Hong Kong, and I think we can all agree that he totally freaking ROCKED his groom gear. He claims that his style has been heavily influenced by NBA stars (HA!) but we think he's totally got his own thing going on — you're going to lose it when you see his shoes.
We all know this about super cheap shoes: some of them are designer knock-offs. Some of them aren't super comfortable or well-constructed. Some of them are available in limited quantities or are only available in limited sizes. Some of them are made under questionable conditions. But every once in a while with my shoe posts, I prioritized one thing above all other interests: are they under $50?
Black wedding shoes might be the most rewearable wedding accessory in existence. Since today is Black Friday (aka the day Americans who don't know about Cyber Monday try to go shopping and mostly just beat each other up), I figured it might be a nice time to look at some of my favorite black wedding shoes.
For a lot of women, their first experience with a structural shaping garment other than a bra is a corset-back wedding dress — and they quickly learn that a corset is a bit more complicated to wear than a bra. (What, you mean I have to reach in and shift stuff around to get it sitting right?) When you compress the average torso in a corset, the person's back skin tends to fold a bit on itself. This is commonly referred to as "back cleavage" or the "Venus Fold." Let's talk about it.
I have to start here with a big huge snorgly hug for Offbeat Bride Tribe member Inuyatta, who wrote a post on the Tribe about her Jujubee-inspired DIY wedding shoes. Drag queens really do have some extra taste in over-the-top footwear, and today I celebrate not the flats, not the comfort shoes, not the understated vintage-inspired kitten heels… but the huge, the tall, the over-embellished, and over-the-top… including some style's from RuPaul's own line.
There's a lot of talk in the alt-wedding world about the "wedding industrial complex," that runaway freight train of wedding industry grossness that's always pressuring you to do things a certain way because supposedly that's how things are done.
Lots of us hate the Wedding Industrial Complex, which some people abbreviate as "The WIC." I feel y'all on the loathing of an industry that can be insidious and damaging. I think it's also important, however, to reiterate something I've written about several times before: Offbeat Bride is absolutely part of the wedding industry.
You guys should know by now that I totally don't buy into the "am I offbeat enough?" line of thought. If you're even glancing at a website that features poly weddings, nerd weddings, and genderqueer weddings, then yes: you're offbeat enough. Stop worrying about it. Let's not get into offbeater-than-thou.
In that spirit, let's take a look at some white wedding shoes. Sometimes, among us offbeat types, white wedding shoes can be left behind, deemed as "too traditional" (whatever that means). Well my friends, these white shoes are about to make you question everything you know about anything being "too traditional."
Oh sure, I've done plenty of round-ups focused on skull shoes. But what about just bones? As we wrap up what's been an amazing Halloween week (and some of us recognizing Dia de los Muertos), it feels like expanding my skull focus to include bones feels about right. Of course lots of these are Iron Fist, but you'll find a few surprises tucked in here, too…
If your wedding is like a Venn diagram of "dusty" crossed with "glitter," this is totally the shoe post for you. I'm going to sniff around in that delicious aesthetic sweet-spot between vintage and glam, between rustic and chic, between glitz and hay bales.
Most of these shoes are from ShopRuche.com, which is of course an awesome destination for those of you going for the more vintage/glam side of the spectrum. They also tend to offer super affordable shoes, with most of these under $70.