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Why my spouse's $20 wedding gift made me cry

The morning of our wedding, my fiance and I exchanged our wedding gifts. I gave my spouse-to-be an Apple watch; I received a $20 t-shirt. My eyes got watery when I saw the shirt, and I couldn't help but cry. Fortunately, they were happy tears. For me, this t-shirt meant so much more than a fun shirt to wear on our honeymoon. It represented our shared struggles with gender identity… and that I was marrying the right partner for me.

Getting meowied in Georgia? You can use your wedding photography to save cats!

Lindsi Jones is an award winning Georgia wedding photographer with an adventurous streak. She's up for anything you dream up — from Warrior Dash weddings to colored smoke! And while her photos will reflect your offbeat love in an exceptional way, she'll also honor your love in an exceptional way… She uses her wedding photography business to give back, in honor of Offbeat Brides and our long-standing love of cats.

So if you're getting meowied, keep reading…

Bask in the glow of this tiny elopement in Mallorca

Patricia and Jeremi's glowing elopement in Mallorca, Spain is a sight to behold. Patricia got ready at an idyllic farm house in Pollença, which looks like a paradise. After a first look, they drove out to Cap de Formentor where they read their vows and exchanged rings.

You'll want to drown in the gorgeous lace of Patricia's long-sleeved dress and her huge and lush bouquet of red, orange, and white flowers with dark greenery, which matched her crown of flowers.

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Through the looking-glass with this Alice in Wonderland tea party inspiration

Be prepared to take notes from this Alice in Wonderland tea party styled shoot with a bride and her bridesmaids in outfits reminiscent of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and The Mad Hatter.

There's mix-and-match vintage china tea cups and pots, pastels errrrywhere, bunnies, time turners, and luscious-looking pastries. Come through the looking glass to be super inspired to plan your own Alice-themed wedding…

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Are floral hoop bouquets the most reusable wedding accessory ever?

We already love flower crowns, so why aren't we turning our bouquets into circles, too? Oh, it's happening and it's amazing. Floral hoop bouquets can be tiny or huge and are perfect for hanging up behind your sweetheart table, as your ceremony backdrop, and DEFINITELY on your wall at home after the wedding. Let's take a look at a few hoop bouquets you can buy yourself.

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Bask in the glow of this tiny elopement in Mallorca

Patricia and Jeremi's glowing elopement in Mallorca, Spain is a sight to behold. Patricia got ready at an idyllic farm house in Pollença, which looks like a paradise. After a first look, they drove out to Cap de Formentor where they read their vows and exchanged rings.

You'll want to drown in the gorgeous lace of Patricia's long-sleeved dress and her huge and lush bouquet of red, orange, and white flowers with dark greenery, which matched her crown of flowers.

A quirky and magical wedding at The Houdini Estate

"We picked a location that matched our personalities. As the entire estate was a homage to Harry Houdini, we also wanted to reflect magic elements in our day. We hired an amazing magician and had candles everywhere." This magical wedding was full of color, amazing flowers (thanks, fam!), and a gorgeous dress. You're going to be astounded and amazed…

The most fun ever? This skateboarding wedding in Leeds is definitely a finalist

Sophie and Jem had a skateboarding wedding in Leeds that looked like serious fun. The skate community is a big part of their lives, so part of the wedding ended up at the skate park. Then it was all about the DIY details including paper bouquets made by one of the bridesmaids, personalized carnival games, and loads of handmade decorations.

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12 wedding dance songs NOT about love

My partner's mother was emotionally abusive for most of his life, but now they are trying to make amends, and very much wants to do a special mother-son dance. Problem is, all the other wedding websites recommend cheesy love songs. Any help for dance songs NOT about love?

7 ways to make your wedding bigger than you

When it comes to weddings, it’s usually a whole lot of getting. Getting the cake, getting the attire, getting the flowers, getting gifts. Cue brain overload! But what about giving? With the average wedding cost in the U.S. now up over $35,000, couples are re-thinking their wedding and deciding how to incorporate a cause into the planning and execution.

Weaving charity into weddings isn’t hard and is a great way to share the love. Use these starting blocks to brainstorm how you can fold charity into your big day…

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The non-religious two officiant wedding ceremony script you've been looking for

Almost everything you'll find when you search for a "two officiant wedding ceremony" will be religious. But if you're not inviting any of The Gods to your wedding, you might be interested in reading through our ceremony script…

(Keep in mind we're foodies and our wedding was slightly Game of Thrones-themed, so pardon any and all foodstagram references, TV show puns, and spoilers!)

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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…

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Getting meowied in Georgia? You can use your wedding photography to save cats!

Lindsi Jones is an award winning Georgia wedding photographer with an adventurous streak. She's up for anything you dream up — from Warrior Dash weddings to colored smoke! And while her photos will reflect your offbeat love in an exceptional way, she'll also honor your love in an exceptional way… She uses her wedding photography business to give back, in honor of Offbeat Brides and our long-standing love of cats.

So if you're getting meowied, keep reading…

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Get creative with these (lightly NSFW) "something blue" options

Who here is doing the whole "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" thing? I was recently at a wedding where the bride just couldn't figure out what to do for something blue. So let's figure it out now!

From panties to NSFW hankies, here are some options for your something blue…

Recent Wedding 101

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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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