I want a couple's wedding shower, and most of the internet just says very vague things like "well then pick games that include men and register for tools," and that's not helpful. Besides a "decorate a mug/glass/picture frame/etc." for the couple station, I can't think or find other male-friendly games that also include conservative grandma, boozy uncle, best friends, loud aunt, quiet grandpa, etc.
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When we want to get more thoughtful about things on Offbeat Bride, this is the spot for our feature articles. Sometimes we talk big-picture philosophies, other times we discuss wedding trends, and every once and a while we just go ape-shit over a wedding WTF?!
"I'm not really into princess-y dresses."
"Oh, but why not?" asked Frannie, bustling behind me to unpin. "It's your only chance to be a princess for a day. Every girl wants that."
"Actually," I replied, suddenly tired of being "helped" by this well-meaning woman and others like her, "I don't like princesses."
The impetus behind our legalling came upon us quite unexpectedly: I became aware of a scholarship available to military spouses. The catch: I wouldn't become a military spouse until my after the deadline to apply for the scholarship had passed. So we got legalled. As expected, having the ability to now apply for this scholarship is a wonderful thing. But something completely unexpected happened through this experience that I did not anticipate.
Are you familiar with this concept of styled shoots? It's when wedding vendors team up together to create a fantasy weddings, showing off what they can do. I totally get why styled shoots are great for vendors — it gives folks a chance to show off the kind of work they WANT to do — but we have a clear policy to never ever feature them on Offbeat Bride, and here's why…
We see a LOT of wedding photos of brides getting ready on their wedding days. The "hanging dress" shot. The "doing make-up" shot. You know what we see way less of? Gorgeous grooms (like Andy here) getting ready. The turquoise details, the impeccably parted hair, the inked arms, the lighting coming in through the window… this is just one of those photos that becomes an instant family heirloom. Personally, I'd love to see more wedding photography celebrating everyone's pre-wedding preparations…
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!
Husband of the Future and I made an appointment to go to a major retailer to get a start on our registry. We ended up leaving when they totally ignored by groom, stating "Oh, he doesn't matter. Grooms don't matter at all! Everyone knows it's the bride's day!" So let's talk about standing up for groom-inclusion and voting with your dollars.
Gay marriage has just been made legal in the UK. Prior to this, gay and lesbian couples could only have a civil partnership but not be married. All the civil partnership ceremonies I have been to were weddings in all but petty legal technicality and in each case the registrar performing them did so exactly in the spirit of their being weddings. I am due to be civilly partnered (rolls of the tongue doesn't it?) to my female partner next year. When we booked our civil partnership this year, gay marriage was not legal. Now that they are, what should we choose?