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9 pairs of Victorian-flavored boots for your pointy-toed or steampunk wedding

We recently shared a post on Facebook that featured a photo with the boots above as the illustration. Immediately a reader was like "Whatever about that post — WHAT ABOUT THOSE BOOTS." So perhaps it's time to share a small collection of Victorian boots. These could be great Neo-Victorian or steampunk wedding shoes, or maybe you just like booties with lace and pointy toes? Regardless, if granny boots are your thing… this is your post.

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19 affordable wedding shoes under $50

Think your economical shoe budget can't get you big footwear fashion? AU CONTRAIRE! Under $50 is no problem. A small caution with super cheap shoes: some of these are going to be designer knock-offs. Some of them might not be the most comfortable or well-constructed. Some of them are available in limited quantities or are only available in limited sizes. For this post, I prioritized price point over all other interests. So if you're looking for fabulous, offbeat bridal footwear that's going to make your feet look sweet for the afternoon you get married, this is your post.

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Comfortable wedding shoes are NOT an oxymoron

First, let's start out with the simple truth: comfort is subjective. There are some of us who swear that 4" platform heels are completely comfortable (and of course they are, compared to 5" non-platform heels!), while others of us will only wear flats. Meanwhile, others of us find the lack of arch support in flats to be a complete killer — flats are the worst for some arches! Keeping in mind that no collection of comfortable shoes could ever be perfect for everyone, I thought I'd wrastle up a few of my very favorite funky, colorful, and yes somewhat comfortable wedding shoes. My focus here is on brands known for their comfort, as well as lower heel height, chunkier heels, and flats.

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Tacky weddings: How to not like things, and not be a dick about it

Way back in 2011, I wrote about the shock some folks can experience when their wedding goes viral. The sad truth is that this a perennial topic, because, well, the internet loves to snark about weddings. Even if your wedding doesn't go the full Buzzfeed viral, there's always the chance that members of, say, a board focused on wedding etiquette might be mortified, and link to it, and the comments might get flooded with negativity.

This happened a few weeks ago…

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Platform shoes to elevate your wedding day

Aww, platforms. I'm not sure which era they're hearkening to at this point — the '90s, which were hearkening to the '70s? I can't keep track, but I've missed them. Tons of chunky heels and sky-high weirdness in here — and as always, I have terrible and very loud taste. I tried to include a few white pretties… but there are also a pair of rainbow gladiators with gold gilded inverted heels so… prepare yourself!

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Obvious and outdated: is my work here done?

The Offbeat Bride book was first released in December of 2006, with a second edition in January of 2010. The wedding it described happened in 2004, and I wrote the bulk of the book ten years ago. The fact that people still buy the book at all is only because of this here website, but somehow people do continue to buy it… and sometimes review it on Amazon.

A negative review came in a couple months ago that blew my mind in the best possible way.

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How escaping Scientology weirdly relates to wedding planning

Whenever people are like BOO MAINSTREAM WEDDINGS BOO WIC I HATE THE WEDDING INDUSTRY RAH RAH RAH, I'm always like "I get your frustration there, guys — but stop fighting so much against what you don't want, and start proactively working to determine what you DO want. Construction is always more difficult than demolition!" Here's why creation is more interesting to me that reacting.