I feel like I'm still unpacking my bags from my trip to Las Vegas last week, where I did that presentation about offbeat weddings… and now I'm packing up again for another trip. This time, I'm heading to Los Angeles for a meet-up with offbeat vendors who are interested in being a part of the Lovesick Expo this winter. And there's an event in Atlanta next week, too!
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You may notice that our schedule for this week will be a lot lighter. That's because Offbeat Bride is on summer vacation! That means, in between naps and leisurely strolls, Offbeat Bride will only be churning out two posts a day this week. But you can follow us on Facebook for non-stop offbeat greatness.
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.
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."