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19 dresses, favors, and other ideas to help your nautical wedding set sail

Wow. There is so much you can do with a nautical-themed wedding! The locations, the food, the decor, the invitations, and let's just acknowledge the magnitude of style one can achieve here, all right? We've been so blown away by the port-side, ship-side, and ocean-side weddings we've been seeing lately that we knew we had to get them all into one place for you. While we were at it, we threw in a few things to help you achieve your own sea-faring wedding vision.

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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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19 dresses, favors, and other ideas to help your nautical wedding set sail

Wow. There is so much you can do with a nautical-themed wedding! The locations, the food, the decor, the invitations, and let's just acknowledge the magnitude of style one can achieve here, all right? We've been so blown away by the port-side, ship-side, and ocean-side weddings we've been seeing lately that we knew we had to get them all into one place for you. While we were at it, we threw in a few things to help you achieve your own sea-faring wedding vision.

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A rainy Lake Tahoe wedding with a rescued pit bull

Lisa and Menotti had to scramble to make their outdoor wedding happen near Lake Tahoe last September. Their original venue fell through with less than a week to go before the ceremony! They still managed to say their vows outside despite the threat of rain, saving the fun, rainy photos for later.

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The simple wedding menu to fit almost ALL dietary restrictions

We were looking for a casual menu that wouldn’t break the bank. But we have all the menu issues of the modern ages: Vegans, vegetarians, hard-core meat eaters, comfort food-lovers, tomato allergy, gluten allergy, dairy allergy, nut allergy, and even a garlic allergy. Now, my wedding menu is not fancy, and this isn’t for everyone, but again I’m looking for easy, as all-encompassing as possible, and budget-friendly. Here’s what we’re serving up…

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A softly elegant Virginia family wedding with lace and flower crowns

Can you feel the Southern elegance in this wedding? Tiffany and Lander said their vows outside a historic mansion in Virginia last June. Swoon with me if you will over the old brick paths, Tiffany's fantastic lace dress, and the soft pastel colors everywhere. I'm also really loving that they gave their guests honey as favors. Look at the cuteness of those tiny glass jars! With bee ornaments!

Recent Real Weddings

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Amy & Kim's wedding glows with lights, crafts, and love

These two ladies crafted a truly gorgeous wedding with nature-inspired decor, fairy lights, an amazing handmade ring box, and perfectly matched readings. Don't miss the 93-year-old flower granny, the amazing ceremony venue, the pastel paper flower bouquet, and the lovely memorial tribute.

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Just the two of us: Erin & Caleb's intimate courthouse elopement

I have a soft spot for elopements anyway, but when one is written as beautifully as this one, you know it's going to catch me right in the feels. Get ready to experience some serious intimacy, serious love, and a seriously fun photo shoot in the Denver snow. These two crossed some major hurdles to get to this day and boy was it worth it.

Recent Advice

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Take your "first kiss" photo without the officiant in the background

Y'all remember that spectacular bass drum wedding we featured a few months ago? Obviously the couple was cool, the outfits were sweet, the musical instruments EPIC. But something tiny caught my eye — Danny and Johanna sneaked back to their ceremony site and got a sweet pic of their kiss! You'd never know it wasn't taken during the ceremony if it weren't for the fact that there's no officiant in the background.

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How we worded the invitations for our crowdfunded wedding

We have decided to crowdfund our wedding. It won't pay for everything, but it does mean we can focus on having a good time rather than scrimping and saving on every little thing. The tricky part was wording everything right on the invitations, so we didn't come off as stingy or cheap. I wrote a little poem to explain the crowdfunding. If anyone wants it, they can steal it…

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Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF

As a photographer, I follow wedding blogs and often find advice recommending couples to hire a photographer that “could be your friend.” This is something that I find incredibly odd, and sometimes not very good advice. This is not to say that if you find someone who is amazing and outgoing that you should not hire them (us photographers come in all shapes and personalities). I’d like to offer a few reasons why you should consider not solely hiring "someone who you could be friends with," and a few secrets that artists might not disclose every day…

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Turn that to-do into WOOHOO: The best wedding advice ever

Surely, with such an easygoing and organized bride, this was bound to be a stress-free process, right? HA. During planning month six out of ten, I broke down crying while talking to my mom about something wedding-related. My mom turned around and gave me the best advice I received during the course of planning my wedding.

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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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Everything you wanted to know about Pagan weddings, but were afraid to ask

So you've been invited to a Pagan wedding. Modern Paganism is a recreation of the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe. It has been heavily influenced by modern values and ethics, such as feminism and environmentalism. So please don't fear that you may witness an animal sacrifice at a Pagan ritual; many of us are vegan and are strong supporters of animal rights! But it might help to give you an overview on what to expect…

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"Who's the 'groom' in your lesbian wedding?" Gender stereotypes and assumptions with gay weddings

"So, who's the guy in your relationship?" This question (or versions of it) is one of the more common questions posed to lesbian couples and the most frustrating. The reverse is true of male couples. While most people have posed this question with absolutely no malice or agenda, people in same-sex relationships (including myself) can get kind of huffy about it. That is not always helpful, so lets talk about that question.

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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.

Recent Shopping

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3 ways to get your most authentic wedding photos with Richmond's Tiffany Heidenthal

We love seeing your gorgeous, lovingly created decor, but seeing the real moments in the day — the vow goof at the ceremony, the guests admiring the flower grandmas, the reactions to the best man's speech — those are the moments you want to capture authentically. Here are some tips for making sure you're making the most of your pro photographer and capturing those genuine emotions. And I'll introduce Richmond-based Tiffany Heidenthal Photography who OWNS in that department.

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Wedding shoes in wide widths and wonderful colors

Today I'm here to round up some awesome shoes for my wide-footed ladies. These are wedding shoes that come in "WW" widths, but still look sassy and faboooo, dahlinks. We're talking funky, colorful formal-ish shoes in bold shades and widths ranging from W to WW to EEE.

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Real brides give us the low-down on getting their dream Wai-Ching wedding dress

Wai-Ching dresses are so dreamy that I sometimes forget they're FOR REAL, so I was all a-flutter when I saw them in real life, all lined up, in the prettiest raw silk rainbow I've ever seen. These dresses may look like fantasies, but I assure you they're real, they're just as gorgeous in real life, and you can totally hook yourself up with one for your wedding. Let's get a Wai-Ching reality check with real brides, real experiences, and really awesome dresses…

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Bigger on the inside: TARDIS blue wedding shoes

This shoe post comes as a special request from Spaceginger, who specifically asked for a post all about TARDIS blue shoes. Now, I've got a whole archive dedicated to blue wedding shoes, and we've got another whole archive for Doctor Who weddings… but never have the two met. UNTIL TODAY! Here's a collection of shoes in that very specific TARDIS-y cobalt blue, for those of you who want your something blue to be a little bit Whovian. I've got flats and heels both!

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Exploring black and white wedding photography with Diwas Photography

The thing that stood out to me — a wedding blogger who sees thousands of stunning weddings, photographers, and wedding photos every day — was that much of their work is in black and white… and it is awesome. I know we at Offbeat Bride are constantly going "ooh, sparkles, glitter, and rainbow unicorns!" But Diwas Photography can make us ooh and ahh the same way over the same things, without even needing color. Of course they also shoot in color (we'll show you a couple of those shots, including one of our very own Ariel), but let's first talk about the power of black and white photography when it comes to weddings…

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