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MadLibs with offbeat wedding shoes: Let's imagine what weddings go with these shoes…

Every week I round up a few of my favorite shoes, focused on some sort of theme — smaller feet! Rustic chic! Halloween weddings! Sparkles! Etc! This week I'm going to try something a little different.

I'm just going to grab some shoe styles and then imagine what type of Offbeat Bride wedding might go with them. I'll use descriptors from our enormous tag archive… it's sort of like Offbeat Bride MadLibs, but with shoes!

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This styled nautical wedding shoot will channel your classy inner pirate

The bride has a fishtail braid and not one but two mermaid dresses (AND HER NAILS, ZOMG)… the groom is a tattooed, bearded, multi-ring-wearing hottie (so pretty much a pirate, right?)… and both models are surrounded by the most delicious of sea-worthy stuff. Feast your eyes on glass buoys, driftwood, octopus invitations, and flowers that look like they belong under the sea.

Recent Wedding Porn

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This styled nautical wedding shoot will channel your classy inner pirate

The bride has a fishtail braid and not one but two mermaid dresses (AND HER NAILS, ZOMG)… the groom is a tattooed, bearded, multi-ring-wearing hottie (so pretty much a pirate, right?)… and both models are surrounded by the most delicious of sea-worthy stuff. Feast your eyes on glass buoys, driftwood, octopus invitations, and flowers that look like they belong under the sea.

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22 of Offbeat Bride's most pinned wedding cakes

No one turns out an incredible wedding cake like an Offbeat Bride — y'all make your cakes work, whether they're geeky, nerdy, booky, spooky, rainbow-y, or romantic…y.

I went strolling through some of our most pinned wedding cakes (cough, that's Pinterest, yo, follow us if ya haven't!), and I'm just now picking my drooling jaw up off the floor. There are some seriously great cakes in here that show us who YOU are. What you think, what you love, what you're proud of, and what you believe.

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Come sigh over this sexy rainy day Charlotte wedding

The first thing you're going to notice at this Charlotte wedding is how positively gorgeous Christin and Myron are. The second thing (if you're me) is the sexily rainy day, all misty and foggy and romantic. The third thing is really up to you, but I've got a few choices for you to consider.

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1UP your day with this Super Mario wedding!

WHERE MY NINTENDO NERDS AT? Sheana and Mark said their vows in Dallas last September to the tune of the Super Mario theme song. And I mean that literally. This is a majorly intense Super Mario themed wedding — first, you have to appreciate that Sheana switched to a pink dress and a Princess-Peach-perfect crown for the reception. And Mark added a simple red cap to pretty much cosplay as Mario in formal wear. And then of course there are the guests (the guests) dressed as Marios, Luigis, Toads, and DONKEY KONGS.

Recent Real Weddings

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Join Willow & Chris on their tour of Philly and retro bowling lounge wedding

A purple swing dress, Irregular Choice shoes, a grand tour of awesome places in Philadelphia, a quaich ceremony, and a retro bowling alley reception? This wedding has so much 1950s nostalgia going on to transport us directly there. Add in the geeky and pop culture touches like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and their amazing music choices and we're all totally won over.

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A snack for the eyes: two gorgeous grooms and their secret rainbow cake

My favorite part might just be Ryan and Tyler's ridiculously awesome cake. On the outside, it fits the rest of the reception like a glove. It's square, streamlined, and super elegant with silver and black trim on a white field. But cut that sucker open and RAINBOW CAKE FOR DAYS, BABY. I love it. What a juicy lil surprise in a serious-looking package.

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Gold, succulents, and rock 'n' roll at Claire & Dave's geometric wedding

Be prepared to go ape shit over the bride's floral and succulent headpiece, the handmade gold geometric details all over the place, the rad rock 'n' roll Chicago venue, the vegetarian spread, the cake AND pie (as per family tradition), and so much beauty you won't know what to do with yourself. Go see for yourself!

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Jessica & Jesse's Harry Potter wedding (with bonus Doctor Who) wins the House Cup

The reception was transformed into the Great Hall, wands were carried, quaffles were bounced around, golden snitch cakes were cut, tickets to Platform 9 and 3/4 were booked, and candles floated magically above it all… yep, we're talking a HARRY POTTER wedding. We're all Potterheads and Whovians over here, so adding in the Doctor Who details just put it over the top for mega love. Don't miss the house gems, the house-themed centerpieces, the red butterbeer, and this gorgeously geeky pair in love.

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Blanket seating, a falcon ring bearer, and karaoke at Logan & Gary's poly-friendly, foodie wedding

We don't know where to even begin here: the falcon ring bearer? The gorgeous poly family with amazing poly-centric vows? The bride's custom-made floral print dress? The groom's dapper suit? The blanket ceremony seating? The ooey-gooey first look? The drool-worthy food? Seriously, this wedding is out of control! Go get your dancing, karaoke, and falconry on by ogling this hot couple and their equally gorgeous wedding in San Diego. You won't regret it, we promise.

Recent Advice

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Mr, Mrs, Mx: Genderqueer and gender-neutral wedding wording

Weddings aren't a strictly gendered thing, as all of us reading Offbeat Bride are like aware of… but many of the words around weddings and marriage are very gendered.

Even if you’re having a completely gender-neutral wedding, it’s really hard to talk about it without using gendered verbiage. But I've tried to find some ways around that..

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Thinking Bride: How Offbeat Bride helped me be more authentic

I actually found Offbeat Bride through a site (that shall remain nameless but not blameless) where the writer was mocking it. The tone of the mockery was, "Look at these weirdos who think they're so special and different!" But here's the thing: I WANTED my wedding to be special and different. Now, over a year later and as my wedding date quickly approaches, I shall literally count the ways in which Offbeat Bride has helped me. If it weren't for Offbeat Bride, my wedding would have been a lot more…

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How to throw a joint bachelor/bachelorette party at a baseball game

Most of our friends are couples and we all share in the enjoyment of each other's company. There are no "his" friends and "her" friends, they are simply, "our friends." Add in our 10-month old daughter, and the need for typical bachelor and bachelorette parties goes right out the window. We have a mutual love of baseball (even though our favorite teams yield from opposites sides of the Bay) and beer, so our wedding party decided to throw us a joint "stag" party at our local Triple A baseball game. Here's how they pulled it off…

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What funeral planning taught me about wedding planning

I've planned two funerals before planning my wedding. The first was my own funeral. My cancer came before we had a chance to speak of marriage, and preparing for the worst outcome took priority. It was not unlike planning a wedding (albeit in four days flat), and I've learned these lessons on how to celebrate life — whether this is a life that has gone or is about to start…

Recent DIY

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Make a DIY wedding garland from materials sent by friends & family

A really special part of the decor were all the felted garlands that hung around the reception and ceremony. Family and friends from around the world created these, sending packages full of felted balls to us during the engagement. We strung these and used them as decoration to create a cozy, intimate feel, as well as include guests who couldn't attend.

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I predict you will love this Ouija board save-the-date free wedding printable

Raise your zombiefied hand if you're planning a Halloween wedding and want some killer DIY save-the-dates. If you're planning an invite for your 2015 Halloween wedding or getting a head start on save-the-dates for your 2016 wedding, this Ouija board save-the-date free printable template may be just what you need if you're predicting some major Halloween wedding fun and want to crank out some cheap and awesome DIY save-the-dates.

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Itty bitty heart wedding decor gives up your secrets

Michelle wrote down hundreds (thousands? Girl, I don't even know) of little-known facts about herself and Chris on the cutest little 3D paper hearts. As you can see in the photo, these are gorgeous, tiny ickle decorative bits to strew around your reception tables. But, in addition to looking rad, they can keep guests young and old occupied with all the little facts they never knew about you both.

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Food allergy labels for your wedding catering: a free wedding printable in TWO styles

Chances are if you're offering food at your wedding, you're already thinking about potential allergy and dietary issues. We all either have our own dietary needs and/or know someone who eats vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or otherwise. How much of a load off would it be for your special diet guests to see these helpful free printable food allergy and dietary labels on the table? No need to guess at what's in the recipe or eat that protein bar in their bag instead.

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MadLibs with offbeat wedding shoes: Let's imagine what weddings go with these shoes…

Every week I round up a few of my favorite shoes, focused on some sort of theme — smaller feet! Rustic chic! Halloween weddings! Sparkles! Etc! This week I'm going to try something a little different.

I'm just going to grab some shoe styles and then imagine what type of Offbeat Bride wedding might go with them. I'll use descriptors from our enormous tag archive… it's sort of like Offbeat Bride MadLibs, but with shoes!

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Lust-worthy (and specially discounted!) custom wedding corsetry from Starkers

Whether you want black lace, polka dot, red silk, or a sexy ivory one-of-a-kind wedding ensemble, Starkers works with you to create a look that is unique to your vision, and fits perfectly. They have a variety of bridal fabrics as well as many historical and modern designs to draw from to suit your needs. And, after collecting over fifteen measurements, each corset is constructed using steel boning and couture techniques with hours of sculpting to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. You can either do in-person fittings at their Toronto studio, or Starkers provide distance fittings, using a cotton mock up.

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50+ pairs of cute wedding flats

This is how it goes every week: I'll do a shoe post about something (wedges, platforms, boots, whatever) and the response will be "WHAT ABOUT FLATS!?"

We've got pages and pages of posts about wedding flats, but based on comments I receive, they're clearly the wedding shoe that seems to get the least love. We all want more flats. So today? FLATS! This collection seems to have a lot of animals involved (cats! bunnies! flamingos!) and also more than a few cute bows. Let's do this…

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How Matt Druin went from disgruntled groom to wedding photographer (and started offering FREE wedding packages!)

Atlanta-based Matt Druin is on a mission to make sure that your photos tell your personal story beautifully, and that you end up loving his easy-going and straight-forward style. Best of all? Matt doesn't charge travel fees anywhere in the continental US. If you're digging his style (and how could you not be?), you can book him for your wedding no matter where you are in the US. Let's see what makes Matt the right photographer for you and how you can snag a FREE wedding photography package.

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Soft nuzzles and crinkled foreheads: San Francisco's Jeannie Guzis captures what you want to remember

Working with San Francisco-based Jeannie Guzis is like being with someone who sees inside your brain and pulls out exactly what you want to remember from your wedding. It's not magic — Jeannie's just super skilled at asking all the right questions to get to know you as a couple and what you want to feel from your wedding photography after all is said and done. Let's see what makes Jeannie tick and what extra special discount she has just for you guys.

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