Congratulations on your engagement

My name is Ariel and I'm the author of the Offbeat Bride book, and publisher of this website. I'll be your partner in crime as you navigate the wilds of planning your wedding, wherever it may be on the offbeat spectrum. Take a deep breath and let Offbeat Bride hold your hand and stave off that impending bridentity crisis.

Here's how to get started with your wedding planning and Offbeat Bride:

Get Organized

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Get Connected

  • Get social with us, to get behind the scenes sneaks & peeks

It's a private forum/social network to share your wedding planning adventures.


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Get Inspired

  • Read a few Offbeat Bride manifestos.
    If you only read one post on this site, read this one!
  • Immerse yourself in the Offbeat Bride gallery.
    It's filled with over 26,000 photos of real offbeat weddings, with new photos added every day!
  • Dive into our topical tag archives. At the end of every post, you'll find a list of topic tags. Click them to read more posts about that topic, or explore them all.

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Get Going

  • Find vendors in your area in our international Offbeat Vendors Guide. We'll help you find vendors who love Offbeat Brides, even if you live in a tiny conservative town.
  • Search Offbeat Bride to find what you need.
    Use Offbeat Bride's built in search to find local wedding inspiration, or your wedding's theme. You'll find a search box at the top of every page of
  • Get your partner involved! For grooms, that could mean emailing him about offbeat groom posts.
  • Read back in the offbeat archives. Filled with seven years of inspiration, the archives are full of great topics like wedding advice, ideas to steal, wedding fashion, and perhaps the most useful of all: PERSPECTIVE. (Seriously: if you're freaking out, click here for a reality check.)

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And finally … don't forget to take a deep breath and appreciate the awesomeness of love and commitment. Planning a wedding doesn't have to be high drama or terrifying — it can be fun and awesome. We're here to help with that.


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