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Welcome foolish mortals to the masquerade wedding that slayed all

Let's join these two handsome men, their crew of groomsmaids, some Haunted Mansion references, a whole bunch of gorgeous Halloween-inspired decor, tarot card table themes, and some AMAZING theater references (including the Carrie musical!). This masquerade wedding hurts us so good. Do not miss the ceremony that featured a love spell!

Where are all the black Offbeat Brides?

A reader writes: " I love your blog (it's the only wedding thing I'm subscribed to) but surely there must be more black Offbeat Brides out there somewhere…"

This is an issue I feel pretty strongly about, and have been writing about for almost a decade…

Art, succulents, & a crystal crown at this vegan eco-friendly wedding (all for under $2200!)

This eco-friendly couple wanted to leave no trace at their outdoor park eco-friendly wedding, and they truly succeeded. they rocked all vegan food, all vegan clothing, and donated food and blankets to local charities after it was all over. But don't miss all the amazing moments, romantic ceremony, gorgeous dress (with crystal crown!(, and everything else that made our jaws drop at this glorious wedding…

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No dieting, no makeup, no shame: My anti-diet, equal opportunity, feminist wedding

I'm getting married this July, and like a lot of women, I'm getting increasingly excited and somewhat nervous about this. As someone who is all about equality, feminism, self-acceptance, and patriarchy smashing, there are a couple of things that my impending feminist, anti-diet wedding will not be about. For the sake of any other bride or groom or person who needs a reminder that you're going to do just fine, here it is…

Recent Wedding Porn

This at-home engagement session is perfect for Netflix + pets couples (like most of us!)

Jade and Matt have been together for ten years, they live together, and they didn't need the traditional engagement shoot. The stereotypical couple poses just didn't really represent who they are and where they are in life… and we know many Offbeat Bride readers relate! They decided to document a more typical day for them, plus some shots of them exploring of their city, Atlanta — and some fun kitty-themed props. This led to a really intimate and far more real-feeling engagement session…

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Would you consider REAL tattoo wedding favors at your wedding?

Holy crap! Real tattoo wedding favors at the wedding?! Or maybe just ring tattoos after the ceremony? Either way, this is one idea that is VERY memorable. Let's see how this whole concept could go down at a wedding, bachelorette party, wedding after-party, etc. Would YOU ever consider it?

Recent Real Weddings

Welcome foolish mortals to the masquerade wedding that slayed all

Let's join these two handsome men, their crew of groomsmaids, some Haunted Mansion references, a whole bunch of gorgeous Halloween-inspired decor, tarot card table themes, and some AMAZING theater references (including the Carrie musical!). This masquerade wedding hurts us so good. Do not miss the ceremony that featured a love spell!

Art, succulents, & a crystal crown at this vegan eco-friendly wedding (all for under $2200!)

This eco-friendly couple wanted to leave no trace at their outdoor park eco-friendly wedding, and they truly succeeded. they rocked all vegan food, all vegan clothing, and donated food and blankets to local charities after it was all over. But don't miss all the amazing moments, romantic ceremony, gorgeous dress (with crystal crown!(, and everything else that made our jaws drop at this glorious wedding…

Recent Advice

These photo booth props can help shelter dogs after your wedding

I found those plushies that would be super cute for photo booth props. But they're also dog toys! And then I realized… I could purchase a ton of fun-shaped dog toys, perfect for photo booth posing, and then donate them to a dog shelter afterwards!

Here are some dog toys that would make great photo booth props…

Are there any awesome statement bracelets for larger wrists?

"I've been looking for some kind of statement bracelet to wear, but they never fit my large wrists! I would LOVE to find a gender neutral bracelet that shows personality and fits large wrists. Can you help me find some?" Oh hell yes we can! Here are some of our favorite bracelets for larger wrists and plus sizes…

Can we have guests grill their own meat at the reception?

We are going super laid-back, backyard wedding on a Friday evening. Our thought was to have a long grill set up and have each guest pick a pork chop or chicken and grill their own. We will have meat thermometers available. Our thought was that we didn't want people to show up get food, sit with whom they normally socialize, eat, and leave.

Any advice?

This wedding is super gay! 5 ways to make your wedding gay as hell

It's Pride Month, y'all, and everyone should be giving props to the LGBTQ community and their weddings. Well, not everyone.

Some folks have concerns about the concept of a "gay wedding" because hey: aren't they just weddings? We get that, of course, but we feature some weddings where couples themselves VERY specifically want to embrace their wedding AND its gayness. So if you're into self-identified Very Very Gay Weddings, this roundup of ideas is for yooooou!

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Wedding gift ideas for people who didn't f***ing register!

"Since this is the second marriage for each of them, they are not registering, and to top it off, it's a destination wedding! I want to get her something to celebrate the occasion, but nothing over the top if that makes sense."

Hey! I'm a person getting married for the second time, who didn't have a registry (until we were forced to cave due to various requests). Perhaps I can be of assistance. Here are my suggestions for "what to get the people who don't want to tell you to get them, but you pretty much feel like you need and want to get them something anyway"…

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This bride altered her original wedding gown for her gorgeous vow renewal

My husband, Anindeep, and I came to our tenth wedding anniversary very much different people than we were so long ago, now personally and emotionally more enriched. We decided a vow renewal was necessary to celebrate ourselves in this new chapter in realizing our individual selves and expressing our togetherness more meaningfully to each other.

Photography (duh) and fashion are priorities for me, so with NO attire budget and exponentially growing dressmaking skills, I suddenly found the confidence to alter my own wedding gown.

How to make antiqued paper for your historical or fantasy wedding

We're getting married next month and having a pirate-themed wedding. Any bits of paper we needed (whether invitations, signs, or treasure-hunt clues) I decided to make look old and pirate-y.

This technique would also be great for medieval, historical, steampunk, fantasy, or Victorian themes. Some of you may have done something like this at school, but this is such a simple yet effective bit of DIY I just had to share it!

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Snazz up your wedding decor with a DIY floral frame backdrop

This quick and easy DIY floral frame backdrop is a reusable rustic wedding decor element that will delight your guests. I love it because it can fit any wedding theme or style. It can be giant, or small and sweet, and you can use whatever frame you already have or find new or secondhand.

Use it as a wedding ceremony backdrop or anywhere in your decor. Ready to see how to make it?

How to make cardboard face cut-outs for your photo booth

We've long loved the idea of having far-flung guests or pets cameo at your reception with cut-outs of their faces. It's pretty easy: a print-out, a craft stick, and some glue. But what if you want a BIG face instead? You might see them at concerts and of course, in photo booths!

Big cardboard head cut-outs are easy enough to make if you've got the time and aren't already overburdened with DIY projects. Here's how to make cardboard face cut-outs…

Googly eye shoes hack keeps all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)

So you want to quirk the crap out of your shoes somehow? Make them stand out and draw the eye? Nothing draws the eye (and tickles the funny bone) quite like googly eyes, right? Let your shoe freak flag fly with a pair of google eye shoes. Here's how to easily DIY your own pair of google eye shoes to keep all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)…

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Your dog of honor just might need this dapper pupper formal wear

Okay, so maybe you need a sweet little outfit for your own dog of honor, or maybe you just need a pick-me-up that isn't political news. Either way, this is the big ol' roundup of flashy, dapper, and downright adorable dog formal wear that you need in your life. We found flower crowns, tweed jackets, brocade dresses, glittery tailcoats, fluffy tutus, and even a dragon costume for your fantasy wedding. It's all doggie sweetness and light and oh happy times. Take that mental break and get to clicking…

Recent Wedding 101

This wedding is super gay! 5 ways to make your wedding gay as hell

It's Pride Month, y'all, and everyone should be giving props to the LGBTQ community and their weddings. Well, not everyone.

Some folks have concerns about the concept of a "gay wedding" because hey: aren't they just weddings? We get that, of course, but we feature some weddings where couples themselves VERY specifically want to embrace their wedding AND its gayness. So if you're into self-identified Very Very Gay Weddings, this roundup of ideas is for yooooou!

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