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Shana & Sean's Jewish meets Trinidad wedding with Carnival headdresses and a huge reception surprise

Jewish traditions meet Trinidadian traditions at this fabulous wedding in Toronto. We're talking Carnival headdresses, salsa dancing flash mob-style, a gorgeous chuppah, a chair dance, the Hora, and even a caricaturist at the reception. Don't miss the bride's adorable short dress with sleeves, lantern "bouquets" turned centerpieces, and the piece de resistance: their amazing multiple choice quiz announcement at the reception.

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Badass Bonnie and Clyde engagement shoot: bustier and gold heels included!

Shannon and Kevin make their Bonnie and Clyde engagement shoot impossible to look away from. Super chic, super modern, effortlessly casual — it's what I always hope I look like walking down the street but never ever will. Not even if I had Shannon's absolutely killer gold high heels. The couple took to the country side for some rural shots in a borrowed vintage car, even catching some awesome background with the historic Rock Island commuter train.

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16 bewitching free Halloween fonts for scarily good DIY wedding invitations

We've already introduced some gorgeous and FREE fonts that you can use for your DIYed wedding invitations, but this time around we're giving some love to our couples planning Halloween weddings. We've got creepy fonts, horror movie-inspired fonts, and gothically delicious fonts for all types of Halloween-themed weddings. If you're ready to tackle your own DIY Halloween invitations or save-the-dates, here are some of our favorite free Halloween fonts.

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Be part of an art project and snag discounted wedding photography

Are you getting married in the US in 2015 (or beyond)? Wanna have our sponsor Rocker in Love photograph your wedding for a bargain AND have said images of your wedding published in a kick-ass photography book? Brazilian wedding photographers Grasi and Dani are looking for awesome photography-loving couples to represent each US state for their special travel wedding photography/art project. And we KNOW our Offbeat Bride couples are perfect for them.

Recent Wedding Porn

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14 reasons to get NAKED: an homage to the fabulous naked cake

I remember seeing Chaitra and Ryan's immaculate floral naked cake back in 2013 and thinking, "Oh shit, this is going to be a thing and I'm going to love it." Naked cakes have been fluctuating in popularity for a long time, especially in the UK and now over here in the US, and we are still loving them. If you're one of those frosting haters (blasphemy!), you're probably loving them, too. Here's a little homage to the naughtiest of wedding confectionaries: the naked cake.

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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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Shana & Sean's Jewish meets Trinidad wedding with Carnival headdresses and a huge reception surprise

Jewish traditions meet Trinidadian traditions at this fabulous wedding in Toronto. We're talking Carnival headdresses, salsa dancing flash mob-style, a gorgeous chuppah, a chair dance, the Hora, and even a caricaturist at the reception. Don't miss the bride's adorable short dress with sleeves, lantern "bouquets" turned centerpieces, and the piece de resistance: their amazing multiple choice quiz announcement at the reception.

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Badass Bonnie and Clyde engagement shoot: bustier and gold heels included!

Shannon and Kevin make their Bonnie and Clyde engagement shoot impossible to look away from. Super chic, super modern, effortlessly casual — it's what I always hope I look like walking down the street but never ever will. Not even if I had Shannon's absolutely killer gold high heels. The couple took to the country side for some rural shots in a borrowed vintage car, even catching some awesome background with the historic Rock Island commuter train.

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Ashley & Dan's nerdy mountain weekend wedding with a video game cake

Come for the glorious mountain-y, forest-y ceremony setting, stay for the geeky Legend of Zelda and 8-bit details. We can learn from how organized this couple was during planning AND from how perfectly their wedding weekend schedule aligned. It was the perfect combination of packed with fun and laid-back. This wedding also boasts the return of a long-time friend: the ring bear! It's an adorable must-see, as is this whole shebang.

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These Perler bead centerpieces WILL MELT YOUR FACE WITH AWESOME

Let it be known that this industrious couple hand-placed over 56,000 Perler beads for their New Jersey wedding. THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR THE AWESOME. But I shall say some anyway. Alyssa and Ryan (who met playing Ultimate Frisbee which is one of my fave things ever) and sealed the deal at their wedding this past June… after hours and hours of assembling some very amazeballs Perler bead centerpieces. What do you get with 56,000+ beads? I'll tell you. More than 240 flowers and a couple of very adorable cartoon self-portraits. Take a look — they've got roses, and calla lilies and tiger lilies and irises and boatloads more. Sadly (well, I would be sad!), none of the flowers remain in Alyssa and Ryan's possession. At the end of the night, all 240 flowers had been scuttled away by guests who know a damn good thing when they see it!

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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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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..

Recent Features

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14 reasons to get NAKED: an homage to the fabulous naked cake

I remember seeing Chaitra and Ryan's immaculate floral naked cake back in 2013 and thinking, "Oh shit, this is going to be a thing and I'm going to love it." Naked cakes have been fluctuating in popularity for a long time, especially in the UK and now over here in the US, and we are still loving them. If you're one of those frosting haters (blasphemy!), you're probably loving them, too. Here's a little homage to the naughtiest of wedding confectionaries: the naked cake.

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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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16 bewitching free Halloween fonts for scarily good DIY wedding invitations

We've already introduced some gorgeous and FREE fonts that you can use for your DIYed wedding invitations, but this time around we're giving some love to our couples planning Halloween weddings. We've got creepy fonts, horror movie-inspired fonts, and gothically delicious fonts for all types of Halloween-themed weddings. If you're ready to tackle your own DIY Halloween invitations or save-the-dates, here are some of our favorite free Halloween fonts.

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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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Be part of an art project and snag discounted wedding photography

Are you getting married in the US in 2015 (or beyond)? Wanna have our sponsor Rocker in Love photograph your wedding for a bargain AND have said images of your wedding published in a kick-ass photography book? Brazilian wedding photographers Grasi and Dani are looking for awesome photography-loving couples to represent each US state for their special travel wedding photography/art project. And we KNOW our Offbeat Bride couples are perfect for them.

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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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