This is Offbeat Bride's archive of Advice posts.
Because Ann Landers isn't especially helpful when you're trying to figure out invitation etiquette for your polyamorous parents or trying to figure out what non-floral item to hold when you're walking down the aisle. All the advice questions we feature here are pulled from member questions in our forum, Offbeat Bride Tribe. You should definitely >register for the Tribe if you have an advice question. :)
My personal motto is "Chronically fabulous," since I honestly truly believe that my disabilities can't prevent me from being as fabulous as I can — in fact, they just add to it. They are part of me, and frankly those medical devices make my life a lot better.
When you don't belong to the "my wedding is a party" club, you might feel like you're missing out on some of the cool wedding stuff — centerpieces, decorations, venues, et cetera. In my experience, elopement weddings are at once amazing, full of awe and love, affordable, and totally relaxing yet incredibly thrilling all at once.
As a wedding planner, I know that one of the main challenges our clients tackle is narrowing down their guest list. Coming from a huge family, I can totally relate — I struggled with a massive guest list when planning my own wedding. Here's a few tips to quickly reducing the guest list.
As you know, the budget-friendly DIY craze has swept the wedding industry. But what if you're the kind of person who doesn't want a DIY wedding? What if the idea of making your own decorations makes you break out in a nervous sweat just thinking about it? OR, what if you've already got the DIY thing maxed out, but you still need ideas to get the budget beast under control? Fear not! You can still save some serious cash with my budget-friendly tips below…
This wedding was held on a campground in the mountains. The couple was married in a small amphitheater and the 40-50 guests sat on logs surrounding them. There was no bridal party. The bride did not carry flowers. Dinner was Mexican food in the lodge, the cakes were pre-made by a beloved local bakery. I think the sole decorations were blue and white plastic table covers in the lodge, a single string of colored Christmas lights around the basketball court. And guess what? No one missed any of the extras.
We got married a few months ago, and we wrote the ceremony and vows ourselves. I wanted to share them with you guys in case any of you were looking for something short and simple.
I volunteered to be the day-of coordinator for a friend's (college friend and fellow Tribesmaids) wedding, and it may have been one of the best things I could have done to prep for my own wedding. Here are the things I've learned that I hope I can remember when it's my turn to play Mayor of Wedding Town.
I'm wondering if you guys have advice on giving gifts to those helping us coordinate the wedding — the family member doing hair/makeup, our friend who is officiating, the friend donating their photography services, etc.? I need advice like how much to spend per person and gift suggestions. Any information would be helpful.
I love meeting with newly-engaged couples — joyful, anxious, and bubbling over with excitement about making their wedding plans. I sit across from this couple in love, enjoying my iced coffee, and I ask them about every special aspect and personal touch they're incorporating in their wedding. As they answer, I'm always struck by how everything is so special to them because of who they are and what it represents to them… Everything but the time of day.