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Party rocking, wedding crashing & bizarre requests with Washington-based DJ, Music Masters

Music Masters is a family-owned, independent mobile dj company based in — get this — Bainbridge Island, Washington. Yes, the hometown of our homegirl Ariel! Not only does Offbeat Bride share that connection with Music Masters, but they've also been one of our sponsors for a gagillion years (roughly), Lovesick Expo vendors for the last two years, and has played tons of wild, offbeat weddings.

Recent Wedding Porn

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Check out this arcade game, Disney photo booth, s'mores bar wedding BASH

Does Kenneth not have the best smile? He does. He and Rene said their I Dos in California last August and followed it up with an arcade-game, Disney-photo-booth, s'mores-bar BASH. If you're not into arcade games, no worries, play some lawn games. Or go grab a Jasmine cut-out wig (PLUS earrings because those are the best part) in the photo booth.

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Siren's song: 10 mermaid wedding accessories

Victoria's Secret can keep their angels, because this post is for the folks who have their eye on a different kind of fantastical creature. We're all familiar with Disney's The Little Mermaid , yet not every bride wants to be like Ariel (unless you mean our publisher, in which case everyone wants to be like Ariel). Thus for the brides and grooms on a mission to add a hint of mermaid sophistication to their wedding without drowning in clichés, here are six aquatic accessories that don't scream Disney.

Recent Real Weddings

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Games and dancing at Yvonne & Melissa's wine-themed wedding in Chicago

These two gorgeous ladies wanted an awesome party — excellent food and drinks flowing with positive vibes. Plus, there were some real lessons learned when it came to being positive on someone's wedding day. You'll want to read this advice. Don't miss their awesome ceremony entrance and gorgeous last-minute restaurant venue choice!

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Lauren & Philip's handfasted pig roast organic farm wedding with a surprise goat

The theme of this organic farm wedding was a tribute to all of the amazing people in their lives. This couple runs in a unique circle of artists, farmers, cooks, and musicians, so they incorporated as many local vendors as possible, and highlight their abilities. Just wait until you see the awesome space, the gorgeous guest book poster, and of course, the surprise goat cuddle.

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Mariachi, glitter skulls, and limbo at Erin & Ryan's Dia de los Muertos wedding

Glitter skulls, a mariachi band (just like the bride's parents had), a now-traditional limbo competition, and tons of colorful paper flower decor make this Dia de los Muertos wedding a must-see. You won't want to miss how the bride turned the first look on it's head. It's absolutely an idea you'll want to steal. Wait until you see what the couple did instead of a first dance: think a wedding-wide game of Cards Against Humanity!

Recent Advice

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Save yourself from these 4 common kinds of wedding photobombers

With pretty much every guest bringing some sort of recording device to a wedding nowadays, the odds of running into photobombers is growing increasingly higher. Many couples have avoided this with planning "unplugged" weddings; however, there are still a few types of people who don't like to play by the rules.

After having shot weddings for nearly seven years, I feel like I've seen enough photobombers to be able to not only classify them but have learned a little about how to deal with them. Here are, from my experience, the four categories of photobombers, and how to deal with them…

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Safeguard your vows by emailing them to yourself before the ceremony

A lot of technology-focused couples already read their vows from their smart phone or tablet, but in case you're opting to print out or write out your vows, it never hurts to have a backup in case you forget them. Lizzy ended up forgetting her vows and reminded us why having a backup plan for everything is a smart choice.

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Venue coordinator vs. a day-of coordinator: What's the dif!?

I began to explain the difference between using a venue’s “inclusive” coordinator versus a day-of coordinator (or DOC, for short) that you bring in yourself. It’s a conversation I’ve had with several couples, usually at the beginning of wedding planning, so they can hopefully avoid this type of situation. I thought I'd also share this knowledge with everyone, because I think it’s important to understand the difference…

Recent Features

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My tacky registry: Why I think registry etiquette is bullshit

Sometimes I browse the Knot (I know I KNOW) for etiquette tips about things I'm not sure of (traditional wording on invites, etc) or to get an outside perspective. Talk about a mistake! The last time I did this was to try and get a handle on exactly WHY it is such a breech of etiquette to do anything other than a traditional, scan gun, store registry. I bring this up only to point out my first big issue with "wedding etiquette" and that's the mistake of thinking that what's rude is universal. It isn't.

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Would you get married at a plantation? Or a castle? Or a prison? Or a cemetery?

We featured a Filipino/Persian wedding that was held a lovely garden estate — that used to be a plantation. A commenter chimed in: "…not really sure if a Southern Plantation with slavery history is the ideal place for a wedding. I couldn't focus on the beauty of it knowing that it held such memories of immense suffering." This comment brings up so many interesting questions…

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The wrong way to make a bouquet? Learning to accept help and relinquish wedding control

I haven't been asking for help, I haven't been delegating, and I've been overwhelmed and drowning in an endless sea of paperwork and DIY projects. I've been so worried about letting people help because I feel like only I know what the end result is "supposed" to be, and I'm scared that if someone else makes something it won't be "right." This is where my thinking needs to change…

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Til Death Do Us Ink: 12 wedding dresses to show off your tattoos

Whether you're full on Suicide Girl status with head to toe tattoos or just want to make your partner swoon with a sneaky tease of your favorite piece, there are an infinite amount of dresses for a tattoo-friendly wedding. Of course the dresses you are about to see aren't just for those with ink (anyone can rock these styles!), these 12 tattoo wedding dresses that are extra perfect for showing off some inked skin.

Recent DIY

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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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Super cute free printable wedding hashtag sign

After you've played around with your names, your themes, and your favorite words because you've decide to come up with your most perfectly crafted #weddinghashtag, you'll need to let all your guests know to USE IT! We've created a little wedding hashtag sign printable that you can download, edit, and display.

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Party rocking, wedding crashing & bizarre requests with Washington-based DJ, Music Masters

Music Masters is a family-owned, independent mobile dj company based in — get this — Bainbridge Island, Washington. Yes, the hometown of our homegirl Ariel! Not only does Offbeat Bride share that connection with Music Masters, but they've also been one of our sponsors for a gagillion years (roughly), Lovesick Expo vendors for the last two years, and has played tons of wild, offbeat weddings.

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Kermit and Animal and pirate duels: the wildest Muppet wedding video you'll see today

Once you've photographed Dick Van Dyke's seafoam circus wedding, it's hard to come down from that high. But boy are we going to try with Jenna and Robert's most delightful and so very Hollywood-themed Muppet wedding in LA captured by our sponsor Rawtography. We're going to show you a video highlight of this wedding that will make your knees go weak, and you'll running over to book your date with LA-based Rawtography for your own video.

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Delicious wedding corsets and custom ensembles for brides and grooms from Dark Garden

If you're thinking about rocking a corset on your wedding day — either over or under your outfit — first of all, let me just say that you're making an awesome choice. We love corsets. Second of all, you'd be making an even more awesome choice by getting your corset made by our super-hot sponsor Dark Garden Corsetry and Couture. Needless to say, Dark Garden knows how to make amazing corsets for everyone…

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The sky's the limit with these blue wedding shoes

If you're going for the "something old, something new" tradition, blue shoes are a pretty easy way to get a pop of color even if the rest of your wedding feels more understated, colorwise. (For me as a color-fiend, of course I'm like UNDERSTATED COLORS WHAT IS THIS I DON'T COMPREHEND.) Blue wedding shoes can be a great way of getting a little color-fiend on your feet, while maintaining your aesthetic visions elsewhere.

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