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.
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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."
The Offbeat Bride Tribe is our most complex website, and the sad news is that given this complexity (and the fact that we want my developer Kellbot to actually have a weekend, after working straight for 20 hours) the Tribe will be offline until Monday, September 9th. In sympathy, we've opened this Tribesmaid withdrawals open thread. Let's drown our sorrows together, ask your questions, and give each other advice… Together, we'll make it to Monday!
Ali & Emily's 2010 fairytale wedding in the woods recently got some attention on Pinterest and Facebook, with several longtime readers saying it resonated with them more than any other wedding we've featured.
One commenter suggested we do a follow-up "where are they now?" post with the couple and you know what? "Where are they now" posts are actually a new feature I've been wanting to start doing — where we follow up with your favorite Offbeat Bride couples to see how their first few years of marriage have treated them. I've actually already been in touch with a few (Andy & Jeff, anyone?), but I'm wondering: which of our weddings from years past do you wish we'd follow up on?