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Don't need a toaster? Register for these kick-ass DOG GIFTS

You guys totally know that your guests are praying that there's something actually fun they can buy you on your registry. All the fun stuff goes so fast. If you wait too long, you'll be left with just towels. I'm pretty sure if you're adding these funny and adorable dog gifts to your registry, they'll be the first ones to get claimed. Let's see what's chic in the arena of dog gifts…

Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

Chic-as-hell vintage lamps as centerpiece decor

Vanessa and Octavia had their industrial garden party wedding at the super industrial-chic venue, Tap Architecture in Oklahoma City. Our favorite part was their centerpiece decor that made their already gorgeously rough interior even more vintage-fabulous. The pair re-painted and re-covered all the lamps and lampshades used as centerpieces, cut custom fabric as table runners, and collected old books as decor. It was a labor of love that made us swoon for the homey vibe.

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Chic-as-hell vintage lamps as centerpiece decor

Vanessa and Octavia had their industrial garden party wedding at the super industrial-chic venue, Tap Architecture in Oklahoma City. Our favorite part was their centerpiece decor that made their already gorgeously rough interior even more vintage-fabulous. The pair re-painted and re-covered all the lamps and lampshades used as centerpieces, cut custom fabric as table runners, and collected old books as decor. It was a labor of love that made us swoon for the homey vibe.

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18 birdcage veils to make your wedding outfit take flight

When you want a veil that's not too much, just enough to give you a killer vintage vibe, and a bit of mystery to your outfit, birdcage veils are your best friend. It can seriously be the netted cherry on top of your outfit. When you're mane is colorful or alternative, topping it with a sweet little white birdcage veil (like Katy did above!) can be so rad. Or if you're going for simple and sleek hair, you can nab a big and wild headpiece to make your 'do off the hook. Are you thinking about rockin' a birdcage veil?

We've got a collection of some of our favorite birdcage veils we've featured AND a fair few that you can buy for your own wedding. Let's get to the good stuff…

Up the fiber content of your wedding with these kale floral arrangements

A long time ago, I wrote a reactionary post called "Fuck yeah, kale bouquets." It was a reaction to people talking shit about my favorite lettuce, and some people's choices to have it featured prominently in their weddings.

Currently, I am planning a wedding, and I still feel strongly about the power of kale and it's rightful place in weddings. So much so, that I've been rounding up so much kale wedding inspiration…

A 3D printed organic-meets-metal boutonniere

Whether you're the groom, the bride, part of the wedding party, or just a guest with style, you're going to LOVE these organic-meets-metal boutonnieres by Etsy seller Collected Edition. The stainless steel metal boutonniere is 3D printed, then coated in polished gray steel, 24kt gold plated steel, and nickel plated steel. Dude, a 3D-printed metal boutonniere?! Sign us up.

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Level up at this arcade adventure quest wedding

This pair totally embraced the alternative reception concept with a no-dancing, board games, arcade-style, bowling celebration at their adventure quest wedding. You'll never believe how detailed their wedding quest was. Custom dice, tons of games, loads of awesome break-the-ice quests, all after a gorgeous forest preserve ceremony.

Lightsabers vs. wands: don't miss this Harry Potter meets Star Wars wedding

Andrea and Ron both have true passions for Harry Potter and Star Wars. They're convention fiends and travel all over the U.S. to celebrate their fandom faves. It was only right to incorporate that at their Harry Potter meets Star Wars wedding. Spot the references in their themed place cards and table numbers, the R2-D2 made completely out of flowers for the place card table, the EPIC handmade Marauders' Map programs (that took over 40 hours to create!), and wand vs. lightsaber battle.

A Renaissance fairy tale fantasy wedding

Let me introduce you to one of my fave kind of weddings: the Renaissance faire wedding! This one has it all: big turkey legs, a DRAGON CAKE, man braids, Ren faire garb, an Elsa-inspired dress, a horse-drawn carriage exit, a toast by the king and queen, and even a pike-arch entrance to the reception. This is royal as hell and we LOVE it.

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Scientists and flasks abound at this science meets art wedding

Victoria and John crafted a "mad naturalist" science-theme with lots of nature and metallics. It was a total blend of science meets art. The octagon backdrop was made from copper pipe, and John made the himmeli ornaments. Victoria loves gardening, so she planted all the herb favors herself from seeds. She also made the wedding signs and wrote the place cards. They even featured wooden dinosaur models, John’s rock collection, and famous scientists as table names. It was a nerdy and chic extravaganza!

These two guys are the absolute CUTEST at their romantic Catskills wedding

Arthur and Scott's Hudson Valley, New York wedding was an amazing example of a romantic Catskills wedding. Gorgeous mountain fall scenery (of course!), two handsome men, and some geeky details that are not to be missed. Oh, and don't even think about skipping the hilarious and super sweet couples shots, the drum solo from Arthur at the reception, and the groom/groom matching socks. These two are KILLING IT with cuteness. Let's take a peek…

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Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

Ring needs resizing? Here's why you should wait to wear it…

If your engagement or wedding ring needs resizing, there are some good reasons to wait to wear it. As someone who has worked in a chain jewelry store and done a lot of research out of personal interest, I've seen some real damage occur when a larger ring is worn before resizing. Letting it flop around and hitting against another ring to keep it in place is both bad for the metal and the stones. It puts it at much more at risk for knocking the stone out, chipping it, or breaking it completely depending on how old the stone is and what kind of inclusions it naturally has.

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5 things you might forget at your outdoor wedding

Outdoor wedding couples: we know you've got your amazing forest-friendly outfit, your rustic ceremony signs, and your best outdoor-wedding-rockin' attitude, but what are you forgetting? Here are the five things you just might forget at your outdoor wedding. When you're sans AC, hardwood floors, and the little things that make indoor weddings a little more controllable, you want to make sure you've got these things covered.

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Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

I solemnly swear these DIYed Harry Potter programs are up to no good

We've got a geektastic Harry Potter and Star Wars wedding coming up this week, but I seriously couldn't wait to share the DIYed Marauders' Map programs made by the bride, Andrea, herself. They took over 40 hours to make by hand and it shows. The Harry Potter programs opened in three different directions to reveal the sequence of events at the ceremony and a special thank you message from the couple.

Are you seeing the footprints pointing at "Processional?" So flippin' adorable. Fellow Potterphiles: are you not entertained?! Let's peek at the rest of these Harry potter programs at Andrea and Ron's wedding. Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding (including floral R2-D2!) later this week…

It's been one year since the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage…

As the first anniversary of the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage rolls around, we remember that the continued perseverance of these communities are making a difference. Is it still mind-blowingly slow and frustrating and hard? Hell yes. But as Lin Manuel Miranda so heart-wrenchingly uttered at The Tonys, "love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside." This anniversary, marked with the pain of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history (which targeted the LGBT and people of color communities), has to remind us to keep fighting. Let's take a look back at some of our coverage of the various legal decisions and a few of our own favorite LGBT weddings we've featured.

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Stop posing and start cuddling with an intimate photo session

When it comes to non-wedding couples' photo sessions, we've already seen rad engagement sessions, trash-the-dress shoots, and amazing, body=posi boudoir shoots. But we are loving the concept of an intimate photo session with the two of you and your chosen photographer. There's just something so sweet and vulnerable in these shots. If you have the option of getting a separate session with your wedding photographer, an intimate photo session like this just might be a great choice.

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This funny RSVP card has an answer for every smart-ass on your guest list

I've seen tons of variations on this funny RSVP card around the web, so we thought we'd try out our own version as a free downloadable printable. Whether your guests will be happily accepting or tongue-in-check happily declining… there's an answer for every smart-ass on your guest list. Who knows — maybe it'll inspire the slackers to actually send their card in before you start the RSVP hounding process.

Chocolate-fiends: This grasshopper julep could be your chocolate signature cocktail

Hey, chocolate lovers: are you in need of a really good chocolate signature cocktail, or even an idea for a unity cocktail? This grasshopper julep might be your new favorite drink. We just had the Kentucky Derby, so a good, stiff bourbon drink is just what the drink doctor ordered. Hell, maybe just save this recipe for a particularly long crafting night. I won't judge. I'm probably drinking one right now anyway. Let's see how to make this mint meets chocolate meets booze delicious monstrosity.

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Don't need a toaster? Register for these kick-ass DOG GIFTS

You guys totally know that your guests are praying that there's something actually fun they can buy you on your registry. All the fun stuff goes so fast. If you wait too long, you'll be left with just towels. I'm pretty sure if you're adding these funny and adorable dog gifts to your registry, they'll be the first ones to get claimed. Let's see what's chic in the arena of dog gifts…

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18 birdcage veils to make your wedding outfit take flight

When you want a veil that's not too much, just enough to give you a killer vintage vibe, and a bit of mystery to your outfit, birdcage veils are your best friend. It can seriously be the netted cherry on top of your outfit. When you're mane is colorful or alternative, topping it with a sweet little white birdcage veil (like Katy did above!) can be so rad. Or if you're going for simple and sleek hair, you can nab a big and wild headpiece to make your 'do off the hook. Are you thinking about rockin' a birdcage veil?

We've got a collection of some of our favorite birdcage veils we've featured AND a fair few that you can buy for your own wedding. Let's get to the good stuff…

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