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Instead of a dollar dance, have a dollar selfie

If you haven't heard of a "dollar dance," here's the scoop. Guests donate one dollar to get a dance with you at your wedding. Pretty simple concept, but totally customizable to the selfie generation (of which I fully support!). Instead of dancing — since not everyone loves that anyway — guests can contribute a dollar for a selfie with you instead.

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How to write a kick-ass wedding speech

What if you've been asked to make a wedding speech and you have stage fright, or are getting writer's block, or are having nightmares about the experience — you know, the one where you're standing naked in front of the crowd — and kind of want to back out? Well, grab a drink, calm down, and read this advice…

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Unique Chicago wedding venues coveted by Offbeat Bride readers

We decided to start rounding up a vendor list sourced directly from our readers for a series of reader recommended vendor list posts. We're starting with venues in and around Chicago! Let's take a look at who our readers have recommended, where they are located, and how you can contact them to get your Chicago venue search started.

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7 steps to pulling off "The Easy Wedding"

My husband and I got married at a cozy Irish pub in downtown Louisville. The only time I was even stressed out and nervous was the hour or so before the rehearsal on Friday. After that, it was smooth sailing all the way through. Here’s why…

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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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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.