Charity in your registry? Do some good with charcoal-efficient stoves for women in Kenya

This year, 2.3 million couples will get married in the United States and will receive $19 billion worth of wedding gifts (that’s a ton of gravy boats). Imagine if each couple added just one more gift to their registries, or in lieu of shower gifts, favors, etc., a gift that would help a family in need. Yep, we're talking charity in your registry! The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that “adds venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries, is now offering a wedding registry campaign to provide charcoal-efficient stoves to women in Kenya.


Surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities

Is it just me, or is it difficult being an Offbeat Bride on more traditional websites? While I love to talk about planning weddings, why are the communities on these websites as a whole so judgmental? Is it just me that's met with this…hostility, if I even dare to ask about something that seems too offbeat, taboo, and "rude?" We're just surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities…


Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

I solemnly swear these DIYed Harry Potter programs are up to no good

We've got a geektastic Harry Potter and Star Wars wedding coming up this week, but I seriously couldn't wait to share the DIYed Marauders' Map programs made by the bride, Andrea, herself. They took over 40 hours to make by hand and it shows. The Harry Potter programs opened in three different directions to reveal the sequence of events at the ceremony and a special thank you message from the couple.

Are you seeing the footprints pointing at "Processional?" So flippin' adorable. Fellow Potterphiles: are you not entertained?! Let's peek at the rest of these Harry potter programs at Andrea and Ron's wedding. Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding (including floral R2-D2!) later this week…

It's been one year since the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage…

As the first anniversary of the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage rolls around, we remember that the continued perseverance of these communities are making a difference. Is it still mind-blowingly slow and frustrating and hard? Hell yes. But as Lin Manuel Miranda so heart-wrenchingly uttered at The Tonys, "love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside." This anniversary, marked with the pain of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history (which targeted the LGBT and people of color communities), has to remind us to keep fighting. Let's take a look back at some of our coverage of the various legal decisions and a few of our own favorite LGBT weddings we've featured.