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Mingle with reception guests in order of their age

Every once in awhile we get some super duper simple advice from our couples that make us totally smack our heads. This is one of those nuggets of wisdom. If you want to make sure to get a little time with all of your guests at the reception, mingle in order of age! Target those who are likely to leave earlier (older relatives, parents with young children, or guests with long drives home) and make them your first priority.

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You can SO afford videography with WeddingMix (and a choose-your-own-adventure giveaway!)

Take a guess at one of the most common regrets we hear about from couples. If you guessed not getting any video footage, you'd be correct. And we also know that videography can be expensive. In comes photo and video sourcing app wunderkind, WeddingMix. We're going to talk about what they can bring to your wedding media AND a pretty spectacular giveaway that you and your crew will want to get in on.

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Why we love candid moments: a top 5 countdown with Mary Cyrus Photography

I think we're all in agreement that when you get your wedding photography back after the wedding, the most fun will be had looking at all the candid shots that you didn't know were being taken. The groups photos are lovely, but it's those little moments that make it all so much more memorable… and often hilarious. Grandma shaking it on the dance floor, the bouquet hitting the ceiling, surprise ceremony bloopers — you know what we're talking about! We asked our sponsor, Texas-based Mary Cyrus, to go on a little top five journey from her 2014 weddings to see which candid moments were her favorites.

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How André the Giant helped guests drive home safely

We're going to feature Emily and Branan's Star Wars, wrestling, and badminton wedding later this week, but I couldn't wait to share this impressive way to dissuade over-drinking and encourage safe driving at the reception. They used a little tidbit about the booze tolerance of the late and most amazing André the Giant, which if you've read this book like I have recently, you'd know all about! Let's see how they did it.

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Dinos and elephants: Holiday jewelry shopping with Turtle Love

I don't know about you, but I get pretty window shop-y online around this time of the year. It's hard not to start buying pretties for yourself while browsing for gifts. I'll warn you now, that's going to be extra challenging when we start looking at our sponsor Turtle Love for jewelry gifts for the holidays or for your wedding party. We've collected quirky goodness for all types — animals, initials, and of course, the official gift of New Years: the engagement ring! Let's peruse the shiny, glittery goods and get all starry-eyed, shall we?

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Colorado's Carrie Swails Photography is your ticket to geeky, quirky, and rockin' photo bliss

Couples in Colorado: meet your new photographer best friend. Want to know why? Because this chick is a full-on Lord of the Rings-loving, too many dogs-owning (or can there be too many?), Simon Pegg-quoting, awkward pose-hating, ultra rad photographer who totally embraces ALL your offbeat quirks. I'm talking about Denver- and Boulder-based Carrie Swails Photography. We've talked about her before, and we already know that Tribesmaids and readers love her. Now you get to meet her and see if she's your wedding photographer match. I have a feeling she just might be.

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Add a science-y vibe to your ceremony with this mash-up reading

You'll be seeing a LEGO-themed wedding later in the week that will make any LEGO fan wet their pants with delight, but Jess and Mac also included some science into their ceremony instead of any religious readings that we couldn't resist previewing. This is a mash-up of different writings from the likes of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Albert Einstein, and others. Put on your thinking caps and see if a reading like this is right for you!

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Titanium Jewelry presents 4 tales of kick-ass girl proposals

What's one wedding "rule" we LOVE seeing Offbeat Brides break? Waiting for the groom to propose, of course! We love when brides propose to their partner. We've partnered up with offbeat vendor and alternative metal gurus, Titanium Jewelry, to look at some black titanium, timoku, damascus steel, zirconium, and flippin' METEORITE styles for your partner as we recount some of our very favorite proposal stories and tips.