Your favorite invitation designs (the return!)

So, you know how I can sorta spy on y'all's shopping habits? I certainly can't see who buys what, but I CAN see trends of what y'all like, based on what you buy after clicking links on Offbeat Bride.

Sometimes, I like to gather up this data in my arms (LIKE A HUG! A BIG DATA-RICH HUG!) and share it with y'all — these are wedding invitations that lots of y'all have been loving over the last few months. Today's invitations are all from Minted.com, but I can also see that a TON of you ordered custom invitations from Vistaprint. (Totally makes sense: Vistaprint is cheap and awesome.)

Anyway, less talking, more clicking and eye-boggling. Let's get inspired by each other's tastes — we've got mustaches, tractors, fireflies and 8-bit awesomness to gawk at!


A special interview and offbeat discount on amazing fascinators from daniAWESOME accessories

I don't know about you, but I get super inspired by hearing stories about successful and awesome indie craft business — how they got started, how they stay inspired, their hopes for the future of their business. Here's my interview with Iowa-based, indie crafter, and friend of the Empire, Dani Ausen of DaniAWESOME accessories. Along with inspiration, and pretty fascinator porn, she's also offering up a special offbeat discount!


Hurry to take advantage of Southern California's ByCherry Photography's special discount!

I'm super excited to introduce all my Southern California brides to Santa Barbara-based sponsor ByCherry Photography. Because the Southern California area NEEDS more awesome photographers that not only cater to our kind but also list their services at prices that don't make me want to give up on the human race. 😉 And the quality of her images — WOW! Keep reading to see if you qualify to jump on her last-minute special discount.


3 reasons offbeat couples LOVE Brooklyn's De Nueva Photography

You know a vendor is doing something right when over 60% of their clients are offbeat brides! And that's exactly how our sponsor De Nueva Photography rolls. Nicki, of De Nueva, loves working with offbeat couples because she knows that y'all are laid-back, super creative, and generally just tons of fun, which then equals fabulous photos. Or, in her words, "I know it's awesome-ness in the making."

If you wanna make some awesomeness with De Nueva Photography AND take advantage of the offbeat discount, keep reading…


Glittery shoes for your wedding (or whenever)

I am doing all I can to get as much light and sparkle and glitter into my life these dark days — and so this week, that means glittering shoes. As always, I aimed for a range here — a range of prices, a range of heel heights, a range of style (well…sort of. It's always loud up in here) and a range of size availability. Toes crossed that you find something that makes your feet sparkle.