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News flash: Being a woman doesn't mean I know how to plan weddings

While I am a cisgender woman, I do not always adhere to the expectations of my gender (like many women). While I've come to terms with it in most parts of my life, there is something about the wedding process that shoves it in your face again and again and again…

While many vendors have been kind with my ignorance once I flat-out own it, there seems to be a constant, persistent expectation that I should have more of this wedding thing figured out, or that my double-X chromosome has given me fluency in this secret wedding language.

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J. Von Stratton wedding dresses, inspired by glamorous drag queens and burlesque performers

For those who've been following my adventures on the Lovesick Expo tour this winter, you've probably been like "WTF is up with all those sequined dresses?!" Well, I will tell you what's up with them: J. Von Stratton is up with them, that's what.

Now I'm stoked to announced that J. Von Stratton has a line of wedding dresses, perfectly combining the show queen aesthetics (sequins! mermaid sillouettes! heart-shaped cut-outs!) with wedding-ready realness…

Recent Wedding Porn

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A sexy and dark Valentine's Day look with inspiration from The Crow

This dark Valentine's Day shoot is glamorously cool with moody reds, greys, and rich purples as the color palette and The Crow as aesthetic inspiration. We love us some pastels, but sometimes you just want to savor the dark side. Add in a '20s-inspired dress, a few red hearts, a bunch of lush florals, and a wicked helipad venue,
Ventanas in Atlanta, and you've got our new favorite dark Valentine's Day look.

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25 of our favorite mismatched bridesmaids

One thing we know: matching wedding party fashion is SO not required anymore. I'd say about half of the weddings we receive as submissions stray from the matchy-matchy tradition in favor of mismatched wedding parties. They range from mildly varied fashion to wildly different looks, and we love them all. Let's travel down memory lane to revisit some of our very favorite mismatched wedding parties

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This sleek braided mohawk is giving us happy chills

Kat and Michael had a kick-ass wedding in Memphis with a "minimal geek" theme. Our favorite part that we could stop swooning over was the bride's gorgeously sleek, bright pinky red mohawk braid hairstyle. We just had to share her fabulous look to which we are now all aspiring. So simple, so colorful, so gorgeous! Now let's bask in Kat's amazing hair look.

Recent Real Weddings

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You HAVE to see the giant Stargate, light-up dress, and Minecraft cake at this video game-themed wedding

A light-up dress. A blinking tie clip. Centerpieces filled with D20 dice. Chicken and waffles on the menu. Kaylee’s parasol. A Minecraft cake so epic the guests didn’t realize it was cake. Mario and Luigi as ringbearers. Guests in costumes. A grand entrance through a giant Stargate. This geeky video game-themed wedding is an explosion of nerdy goodness.

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Two ladies finally celebrate 20 years with a garden wedding in Utah

The Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City was the garden backdrop to this "big gay wedding." They included their three children into all aspects of the day with movie soundtracks, a kids' table, glow sticks, and more. Other highlights included their gourmet grilled cheese bar, ice sculptures (with the couple as Minions!), a LEGO cake for the kids, a cake inspired by album cover art, and loads of succulents.

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Will you love this Potterphile wedding? Always.

She's a catch, he's a keeper. This Potterphile wedding will bring out the keeper in all of us. Just don't be a snitch about all the awesome details they nabbed from the books. Oh like the golden snitch cake pops, Honeyduke's-inspired dessert table, books + flowers centerpieces, "Always" cake, and huge book page send-off. Don't miss the blended vows with the groom's daughters and the secret shots after the ceremony!

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Winter Storm Jonas couldn't stop this glam Harry Potter wedding

"If you'd asked me a week beforehand, I would have said that my biggest challenge was probably trying to commit to the seating chart or something. But that was before Winter Storm Jonas blew in and changed my whole perspective. Getting hit with multiple feet of snow on your wedding day really forces a gal to adapt, y'know?" This glam Harry Potter wedding prevailed despite the heaping snow with guests literally walking for miles to get there!

Recent Advice

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7 tips to save yourself from Save the Date stress

I love informing people of things really early. So Save the Dates seemed like a no brainer for us — a piece of cake. Nope. Instead they were kind of an emotional roller coaster. If you’re like me you assume sending out 100 pieces of physical correspondence will be an easy task. Oh, it’s not. I hope my save the date tips help you…

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OPEN THREAD: How can you share in the excitement of wedding planning when your family doesn't approve?

I have known since the day that I came out that my parents would not be attending my wedding, nor any of my six siblings and aunts and uncles. I have been forbidden from telling my last living grandparent to "preserve her health." How can I share in the excitement of planning when my wedding feels like the final nail in the coffin of my relationships with my family?

Recent Features

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News flash: Being a woman doesn't mean I know how to plan weddings

While I am a cisgender woman, I do not always adhere to the expectations of my gender (like many women). While I've come to terms with it in most parts of my life, there is something about the wedding process that shoves it in your face again and again and again…

While many vendors have been kind with my ignorance once I flat-out own it, there seems to be a constant, persistent expectation that I should have more of this wedding thing figured out, or that my double-X chromosome has given me fluency in this secret wedding language.

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Bats instead of butterflies in your stomach? Let's talk about pre-wedding anxiety attacks

My anxiety attacks me where it will hurt the most — it makes me question my relationship, and now it added crushing doubt about whether I truly wanted to marry the man lying next to me. The very existence of those thoughts crumbled whatever defense I had left, because in that state of mind it feels like every thought that enters my head must, by its very existence, be true, no matter how much I love and want to be with him. Great state of mind for a newly engaged person.

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It's not just about the bride: The Wedding Industry puts pressure on bridesmaids too!

Somehow the lines of friendship and being a bridesmaid have been blurred by the wedding industry. "Requiring" bridesmaids to throw over-the-top bachelorette parties, or instructing brides that all of their bridesmaids must have matching monogramed robes as gifts, are ways to get people to open their checkbooks just a little more. Wedding websites, magazines and Pinterest are filled with lists and suggestions that can make one feel like, if they aren't throwing a lavish bridal shower, they aren't doing it right.

Recent DIY

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Practical guestbook is practical: Have guests sign a wine cork board

If you're like me (cough, cough, lazy as fuck), turn saved corks into a wine cork board to use as your guestbook! Save enough corks for each of your guests to sign, set them out at your wedding, and ta-da! Create your wine cork board later, and there you have a super practical guestbook ready for use in your newly wedded home!

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J. Von Stratton wedding dresses, inspired by glamorous drag queens and burlesque performers

For those who've been following my adventures on the Lovesick Expo tour this winter, you've probably been like "WTF is up with all those sequined dresses?!" Well, I will tell you what's up with them: J. Von Stratton is up with them, that's what.

Now I'm stoked to announced that J. Von Stratton has a line of wedding dresses, perfectly combining the show queen aesthetics (sequins! mermaid sillouettes! heart-shaped cut-outs!) with wedding-ready realness…

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11 outrageous wedding shoes that might make your eyes bleed (in a good way!)

Any of you have been reading Offbeat Bride for a while know that my taste in wedding shoes always runs toward the VERY LOUD and VERY COLORFUL. Today I decided to stretch the limits of my own over-the-top shoe tastes (as if that were even possible!) into the stratosphere with outrageous wedding shoes that are so over the top that even I take pause, think "is it too much?," and then cackle, "NO IT IS NEVER ENOUGH." Ready for this? Have you tissues ready, because your eyes may bleed in the best possible way…

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