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Dog ring bearers and a group walk down the aisle at Marcia & Zach's Maine beach wedding

This couple went through some serious troubles after their first secret ceremony, so the second needed to be a super fun time on the beach with friends, family, and a whole lot of doggie ring bearers who just didn't want to be left out. You'll want to check out this amazing venue, the sweet decor details, and the bride's awesome attitude toward directing the vendors.

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A tropical backyard circus wedding from the aerialist minds of Gorgas & Jason

This ultra-DIYed, over-the-top fabulous wedding had marquee letters, midways games, and even handmade confetti. But the real stars of this show was the circus-inspired decor, the ADORABLE ceremony tears, cheers, and send-off, and the colored fairy-lit evening under the stars. Just be careful if you decide to show off some circus antics on the ground… you just may end up smooshed on it.

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Obvious and outdated: is my work here done?

The Offbeat Bride book was first released in December of 2006, with a second edition in January of 2010. The wedding it described happened in 2004, and I wrote the bulk of the book ten years ago. The fact that people still buy the book at all is only because of this here website, but somehow people do continue to buy it… and sometimes review it on Amazon.

A negative review came in a couple months ago that blew my mind in the best possible way.

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Bringing the glamour to a North Carolina courthouse wedding

When your courthouse only does weddings at 11 a.m., your photographer might be ridiculously excited for a gray, overcast day to tone down that overhead sun. Alisha and Brian braved North Carolina's November chill to pose for some dreamily romantic photos after they said their vows at Durham Courthouse.

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How to find vintage-style bridal shoes in larger sizes

I wanted to walk down the aisle in a pair of shoes with history, with the romance of times past and full lives lived. It was not to be, and because of my size 10 feet and lack of shopping know-how, I ended up in compromise shoes bought at the last minute in desperation. Learn from my mistake, here’s how to find vintage-style shoes in larger sizes.

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Kids, musicians, and a red dress makes Michelle & Sean's Winter wedding shine

With a community of Seattle musicians at your disposal and Sodo Pop as your venue, music was definitely a theme of this wedding. Add in the sweet times with a blended family and you've got some seriously cute moments. But when the bride had to give "her parents" to a friend while she walked up the aisle, things got funny.

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Bringing the glamour to a North Carolina courthouse wedding

When your courthouse only does weddings at 11 a.m., your photographer might be ridiculously excited for a gray, overcast day to tone down that overhead sun. Alisha and Brian braved North Carolina's November chill to pose for some dreamily romantic photos after they said their vows at Durham Courthouse.

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Show the kids at your wedding some extra love with heart-shaped PBJs

For their kid-friendly wedding, Joy said that a friend of theirs cut out heart-shaped PBJs, a little nod to make the kiddos feel extra welcome. I really love this idea for a couple reasons: one, it might help out a parent or two to have some kind of kid-friendly snack around before dinner is finally served. Just to avoid some "hangry." And two, I (obviously) love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I will totally sneak two or three of those in between drinks in the cocktail hour.

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10 hot groomsgirls who showed us that girls rule and gender roles drool

Our Offbeat Brides are no strangers to the gender-blind wedding party, and today we're celebrating the groomsgirls, bitches. We've seen these ladies stand up next to the groom wearing suits, dresses, and ties with dresses. Every last one of them completely rocked every last look, so we rounded up a few of them so YOU can see how a groomsgirl can own this particular little style challenge.

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This bride wanted to show off the urban beauty of her Connecticut hometown

I adore it when a couple wants to show off a place that's super special to them for their wedding. Barbra specifically wanted to bring out the urban beauty of her hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut, for her August wedding with Miguel. Scroll through light-drenched, pastel photos and be amazed at the artistic value of a patched cement wall and the brilliant colors of graffiti. I love that the Caution tape isn't hidden as Barbra walks down her sidewalk aisle to marry Miguel on a public green. And the final shot with the happy couple under a street lamp at dusk? I hope that's on their wall at home somewhere.

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Elegant cathedral ceremony in Italy leads to a post-wedding swim for bride and groom

Sylvia and Manuel were both ridiculously stylin' for their wedding in Italy last July. I mean, his silver suit AND THOSE SHOES? I want a pair of those shoes. Sylvia's favorite color is fuchsia, and you'll find it on her shoes, on her dress, in her hair, and on her eyelids. That is some rockstar makeup, girl! Also, are you seeing how Sylvia did her bouquet? It starts out as a corsage and wraps up her arm. My favorite thing at this wedding? POSSIBLY.

Recent Real Weddings

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Dog ring bearers and a group walk down the aisle at Marcia & Zach's Maine beach wedding

This couple went through some serious troubles after their first secret ceremony, so the second needed to be a super fun time on the beach with friends, family, and a whole lot of doggie ring bearers who just didn't want to be left out. You'll want to check out this amazing venue, the sweet decor details, and the bride's awesome attitude toward directing the vendors.

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A tropical backyard circus wedding from the aerialist minds of Gorgas & Jason

This ultra-DIYed, over-the-top fabulous wedding had marquee letters, midways games, and even handmade confetti. But the real stars of this show was the circus-inspired decor, the ADORABLE ceremony tears, cheers, and send-off, and the colored fairy-lit evening under the stars. Just be careful if you decide to show off some circus antics on the ground… you just may end up smooshed on it.

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Kids, musicians, and a red dress makes Michelle & Sean's Winter wedding shine

With a community of Seattle musicians at your disposal and Sodo Pop as your venue, music was definitely a theme of this wedding. Add in the sweet times with a blended family and you've got some seriously cute moments. But when the bride had to give "her parents" to a friend while she walked up the aisle, things got funny.

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Karly & Edward's fantasy-inspired forest wedding

A fairy-lit forest, a misty first dance, geektastic references to Lord of the Rings, The Legend of Zelda, and Chronicles of Narnia, a photo scavenger hunt, and a Christian meets Celtic ceremony — this wedding is a fantasy dream. Oh, and don't miss their classic VW getaway!

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Laura & Steve's Chicago meets Iowa Pi Day wedding

This wedding gets us right in the feels with their pies for Pi Day (and a ring reference!), Chicago-meets-Iowa details, and an awesomely accommodating band. Just wait until you see what advice this pregnant bride has for other pregnant brides. It's a rustic-meets-city wedding to please all palates.

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Heidi & Erdem's vintage-inspired Turkish-American wedding (with a belly dancing sword balancer!)

Don't miss this Turkish-American delight of a wedding: a belly dancer, sword balancing, Turkish delights, "La Vie en Rose" (and tons of other Francophile details!), Turkish evil eye wedding favors, old Hollywood glamour, DIYed invites, and hip scarves that got everyone's hips shaking on the dance floor. Oh, and don't miss how the groom's father speech melted everyone's heart!

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How to find vintage-style bridal shoes in larger sizes

I wanted to walk down the aisle in a pair of shoes with history, with the romance of times past and full lives lived. It was not to be, and because of my size 10 feet and lack of shopping know-how, I ended up in compromise shoes bought at the last minute in desperation. Learn from my mistake, here’s how to find vintage-style shoes in larger sizes.

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A ceremony script that harnesses the power and the beauty of nature

In particular, I wanted to highlight the importance of nature and beauty in my ceremony, and I couldn't find anything that addressed that. So, I decided to write those sections myself. If other couples are looking for something similar, I wanted to offer what I came up with as inspiration. Feel free to copy or use this as a basis for your own ceremony scripts…

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Unique Chicago wedding venues coveted by Offbeat Bride readers

We decided to start rounding up a vendor list sourced directly from our readers for a series of reader recommended vendor list posts. We're starting with venues in and around Chicago! Let's take a look at who our readers have recommended, where they are located, and how you can contact them to get your Chicago venue search started.

Recent Features

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Obvious and outdated: is my work here done?

The Offbeat Bride book was first released in December of 2006, with a second edition in January of 2010. The wedding it described happened in 2004, and I wrote the bulk of the book ten years ago. The fact that people still buy the book at all is only because of this here website, but somehow people do continue to buy it… and sometimes review it on Amazon.

A negative review came in a couple months ago that blew my mind in the best possible way.

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WTF is "scrumming" and how can it help you actually ENJOY wedding planning

Our wedding planning process was smooth and enjoyable in large part due to my husband’s and my day jobs. He’s a software developer and I’ve been a “Scrum Master.” It sounds like a made-up title, but it’s actually a real thing. “Scrum” is a popular methodology used in software development and manufacturing, and my husband and I found it was perfect for wedding planning as well.

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How escaping Scientology weirdly relates to wedding planning

Whenever people are like BOO MAINSTREAM WEDDINGS BOO WIC I HATE THE WEDDING INDUSTRY RAH RAH RAH, I'm always like "I get your frustration there, guys — but stop fighting so much against what you don't want, and start proactively working to determine what you DO want. Construction is always more difficult than demolition!" Here's why creation is more interesting to me that reacting.

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Why I don't really care about my wedding

Yes, there are aspects that my fiancé and I have agreed on with excitement; the entertainment, the hog roast, the tea corner (seriously, every wedding should have one). But those details have been easy to decide, they’ve made sense to us, and we probably would do something like that for any party.

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My wedding is changing my relationship with religion

I'm Jewish, but I'm not very observant. My fiancé is agnostic and was raised Christian. Before we got engaged, I didn't think much about the specifics of a ceremony. When we got engaged, I was surprised by how important it became to me to have at least some elements of a Jewish ceremony incorporated into our wedding.

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Wedding hashtag generator. #Go!

Wedding hashtags: they're not just for hipsters. Having your own hashtag is one of the easiest ways to not only collect extra photos from your guests, but also to share your event with people who have to be MIA on your wedding day. So, guys, what awesome wedding hashtags did you think up?

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How I reclaimed my wedding dress after my divorce

After my divorce, I had this dress in my wardrobe that fitted me perfectly but that I couldn't wear, and that I couldn't bring myself to give away. In some ways, I felt like this dress was stopping me from moving on with my life. So I decided to reclaim my wedding dress.

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The Bish is back! Seattle photographer Carly Bish has TWO wedding photography discounts for our readers

Hold on to your various undergarments, because our sponsor, Seattle photographer (and brand new mama!) Carly Bish is back and in your face with some incredible photos and discounts. The last time she was on Offbeat Bride, she taught you how to think like a photographer on your wedding day, now we're here to tell you why you should think about Carly Bish for your wedding day.

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I dare you to wear any of these shoes at your wedding

The Offbeat Empire's Vendor Relations Manager is a New Jersey babe named Tiffany who has colorful, eclectic tastes that mirror my own when it comes to skirting right along that edge of "too much in a good way" and "wait, is it just too much?" She recently shared ZombiePeepshow's shoes with me, and now it's official: I'm dying to see an Offbeat Bride rock these on their wedding day. For the rest of us who are a little less daring, ZombiePeepshow is some amazing eye candy here…

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8 of our favorite alternative unity ceremonies including one that nets you a permanent piece of art

We've talked about lots of alternative unity ceremonies before, but we've got even more we wanted to collect and share with you to get your brain buzzing. This time around, we're talking about a glow stick ceremony, a baking ceremony, and even a lightsaber candle ceremony. Then we're going to show you a particularly awesome ceremony that gives you a seriously meaningful and lasting memento to keep on display.

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