Offbeat Bride Tribe withdrawals support group thread

The Offbeat Bride Tribe (our private online community for couples actively planning their weddings) is currently down for maintenance until December 30th. While our lead developer is hard at work rebuilding the Tribe's tools and functions from scratch, we can gather together in the comments here to drown our sorrows, ask questions, and give each other advice… Together, we'll make it to December 30th.


Offbeat Bride interview about unplugged weddings on New Hampshire Public Radio

I first wrote about unplugged weddings way back in 2011, with a two-post series. The posts went crazy viral and in the three years since then, the idea has picked up major steam. The Huffington Post noticing the trend in 2012, and New York Times picking up on the concept in 2013. I'm happy to say that the concept is now popular enough that it's no longer seen as "offbeat" in any way.


"Not an effort to be unique, but an effort to be us"

The New York Times recently ran an article called Your Hand in Marriage, and Offbeat Bride got a nod for our DIY posts. That's cool, but what really caught my eye was this quote from a bride named Lauren Ireland:
"I felt like there's such a movement to homogeneous wedding styles with Pinterest and Etsy, which are wonderful tools but do seem to make things seem very similar," she said.
Her wedding, she added, represented "not an effort to be unique, but an effort to be us."