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Everyone else is doing it: A wedding trend perspective

I started searching online and found all these great ideas: mercury glass candle holders, stacks of books for centerpieces, stationary with those cool old brackets on it, lanterns, library card escort cards — and ran with it. I was so happy that we were doing things that felt like us and not just the same old cookie-cutter wedding stuff that we had seen throughout our twenties. It felt amazing. Until we realized that everyone else was doing it, too.

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The wedding proposal blues

Despite the fact that my girlfriend and I have discussed marriage and I know she's going to say "yes" when I pop the question, there's still stress. What if she doesn't like my proposal? What if our families aren't happy for us? What if I stop worrying about whether or not she "needs" a diamond and realize that the ring is not the important thing?

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Wedding shoes for dapper brides and offbeat grooms

Inspired by "Dapper," Offbeat Bride's new androgynous header illustration, I present my curated collection of wedding shoes for dapper brides and offbeat grooms.

…Because the masculine-inclined need cool shoes, too, and not just rentals from the tux shop. These are a mix of women's and men's shoes; I've had great luck wearing men's oxford and boots, although I don't know if it works the other direction.