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Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

Level up at this arcade adventure quest wedding

This pair totally embraced the alternative reception concept with a no-dancing, board games, arcade-style, bowling celebration at their adventure quest wedding. You'll never believe how detailed their wedding quest was. Custom dice, tons of games, loads of awesome break-the-ice quests, all after a gorgeous forest preserve ceremony.

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A Renaissance fairy tale fantasy wedding

Let me introduce you to one of my fave kind of weddings: the Renaissance faire wedding! This one has it all: big turkey legs, a DRAGON CAKE, man braids, Ren faire garb, an Elsa-inspired dress, a horse-drawn carriage exit, a toast by the king and queen, and even a pike-arch entrance to the reception. This is royal as hell and we LOVE it.

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Ring needs resizing? Here's why you should wait to wear it…

If your engagement or wedding ring needs resizing, there are some good reasons to wait to wear it. As someone who has worked in a chain jewelry store and done a lot of research out of personal interest, I've seen some real damage occur when a larger ring is worn before resizing. Letting it flop around and hitting against another ring to keep it in place is both bad for the metal and the stones. It puts it at much more at risk for knocking the stone out, chipping it, or breaking it completely depending on how old the stone is and what kind of inclusions it naturally has.