Offbeat Bride interview about Renaissance weddings on NPR's Here & Now and Houston Public Radio #In the news#Wedding trends#fantasy wedding#houston#renaissance#texas January 9 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Heather & Bobby's fantasy wedding | Photo by The Willinghams Related Post Game of Thrones wedding details for your totally non-Red Wedding You guys: season six of Game of Thrones happens THIS SUNDAY. Are you as excited as we are? I've remained very spoiler-free, but I havent'... Read more As a lifelong Renaissance Faire goer, I always have a soft spot for Ren Faire and fantasy weddings, as evidenced by the abundance of them (13 pages!) in this archive. Here are a few of my favorite Renaissance weddings that we've featured: Heather & Bobby's Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones fantasy wedding We're fantasizing about this warriors meet fairies wedding Swords and feathers at a woodland Wiccan Medieval wedding This Tudor-themed wedding had birds of prey, archery, and amazing garb A Game of Thrones Medieval fantasy handfasting from the minds of Sara & Taylor Amanda & Ian's fairy tale Renaissance wedding We love to jam about wedding trends, so when Houston's Public Radio and NPR's Here & Now wanted to talk shop about geeky fantasy weddings and weddings at Ren Faires, we were so down. Ariel has talked a bit about how maybe offbeat weddings are more mainstream now than ever. A lot of the groundwork of making a weird wedding totally okay has been paved and we're seeing more and more acceptance of wild and woolly weddings all over. Okay, we know grandma's not full in a "let's get freaky" mode quite yet, but it's getting there. Here was the gist of the audio interview I did with Houston Public Radio's Amy Bishop (You can LISTEN HERE; I start yapping at 3:22): “As the years have gone by, offbeat, alternative, and non-traditional weddings have kind of become run-of-the-mill in a way,” says Catherine Clark, Senior Editor of Offbeat Bride, an online magazine all about unconventional weddings. Clark says that since more people are also getting married later in life, they don’t always have to rely on the bride’s folks to pick up the bill and there’s less of an obligation to go the traditional route. A bride can trade in the white dress for a leather corset. A groom can wear armor and a sword. Gradually, the non-mainstream is becoming normal. “It’s a theme that I think is becoming more and more accepted,” Clark says. “So, it’s less scary to say to your grandma, ‘We’re going to have a fantasy wedding.’” There’s been a marked increase in the amount of people wanting to marry at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Five years ago, they hosted 28 weddings during the eight-week season. This year, there were 61. They’ll generate more than a quarter of a million dollars for the festival. Renaissance weddings are the shiz, guys. And of course we want to see yours! 4 reasons a Renaissance fest wedding will put the "huzzah!" in your wedding day When I found out that we were partnering with the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX, I knew my time had come. I get to talk about REN FEST WEDDINGS!… Read More How to make (and wield!) your own sword bouquet A few days ago, I had an idea for the bridesmaids' bouquets to have a sword hilt for a handle.I just finished the first one, version 1.0, and there are… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Awesome ways to announce your engagement that'll make folks laugh instead of gag NEXT Retro style lovers will go wild for this mid-century modern wedding Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.