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9 pairs of Victorian-flavored boots for your pointy-toed or steampunk wedding

We recently shared a post on Facebook that featured a photo with the boots above as the illustration. Immediately a reader was like "Whatever about that post — WHAT ABOUT THOSE BOOTS." So perhaps it's time to share a small collection of Victorian boots. These could be great Neo-Victorian or steampunk wedding shoes, or maybe you just like booties with lace and pointy toes? Regardless, if granny boots are your thing… this is your post.

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8 body-positive tips for plus size brides

Being plus sized (or fat — I like the word fat) can add an extra layer of pressure onto the normally stressful stuff of life. But let's lay all of that stuff out on the line right here and now. I want to give you my body-positive plus size bride advice. These eight tips will save you tons of stress and help to make your special day actually special instead of stressful…

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This sweet electric blue wedding will make your teeth ache

Just look at that HUUUGGEE grin on Chris, will you? I love it when grooms show how over-the-moon they are on their wedding days. He and Priscilla said "I do" in California last August. All right, so Chris' grin is totally one of the reasons I was drawn to their photos. The other is this fantastic electric blue wedding they've got going on! It's everywhere, from Priscilla's shoes to their candy buffet (want that blue rock candy) to the bouquet wrapping.

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Bringing the glam with tattoos, plugs, and purple hair at a backyard wedding

If there's one thing that makes our eyes light up at Offbeat Bride, it's deliciously colored hair. Jessica had this amazing dark purple flip going on for her October wedding to Robbie, and I could eat that color with a spoon. Robbie stepped up to the plate too with an impeccably trimmed beard (always a heart stopper) and gold ear tunnels. Mmm, but I think Jessica might have pulled ahead a bit in the style game with her 1920s-style lace wedding hat. Hats should be loads more common than they are — they look so damn cool.

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A high-low dress at a rainy wedding keeps things sexy, not soggy

Sasha and Albert have known each other since high school. They live in New York City, their families live in New Jersey, and everyone traveled to Vermont for the couple's wedding last August. North Hero was a favorite vacation spot for Sasha and Albert, and it certainly doesn't look to me like they minded braving a chilly, rainy day at the lake! And how absolutely spot on is Sasha's dress for a tall bride on a drizzly day? Showing off the legs + not worrying about a soggy hem = winning!

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25 Star Wars weddings that were more powerful than you could possibly imagine

Thanks in no small part to our managing editor of awesomeness, Megan, we at Offbeat Bride have a long and glorious history of loving Star Wars weddings. We've seen (and crashed) many a wedding that would do Han and Leia proud. In homage of this time known as Star Wars Week (what, you don't wear a Chewie T-shirt on May 4th?), we've got 25 of our most favorite moments in Star Wars weddings for you to drool over.

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This couple flew from South Africa to Omaha to get married (and go bowling!)

Charl and Staci met as engineers in South Africa (where he was raised) and flew to Omaha (where she was raised) last December to get married with family and friends. This looks like a super chilled-out wedding: an intimate ceremony at the Douglas County Courthouse, a dinner at a regional Italian restaurant called Spezia, and finally BOWLING. Does Staci's purple lace dress not look so hard core under glow lights?

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Watch this Wisconsin couple get married THEN run 26.2 miles in a veil and vest

Veronica and Sage took their formal wedding portraits the evening before the big race. They followed up the photo shoot (and don't they look gorgeous?) with an intimate dinner with a few close loved ones. The next morning, they took their places at the start of Wisconsin's Whistle Stop Marathon where they said their vows in a more athletic set of wedding clothes. Forget carrying your partner over the threshold — Sage carried Veronica over the finish line!

Recent Real Weddings

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Red and black rockabilly for days at Jessica & Tim's wedding

DIYed centerpieces never looked so fine with red and black accents. Add in the rockabilly fashion, the custom Converse, gorgeous high-ceiling venue, and hand-painted wine ceremony box, and you've got a modern chic rockabilly vibe. Don't miss the last-minute cake cutting tool and the sweet, emotional flower girl. Tears!

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Skulls and pugs and top hats oh my at Julia & Max's wedding

Candy skulls, skulls on ties, skulls on ties on pugs… this wedding has a bit of goth in it, a bit of hilarity, and a bit of "oh yes please." Do not miss the bride's amazing black and white dress, fabulous top hat, and super realistic bone-heeled shoes. There's also one spoiled little pug who totally knows how to rock his skull tie. You don't want to miss it.

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Craft beer and games at Sam & Tony's geeky carnival wedding

This cute pair may have encountered a little friction on their way to planning this kick-ass geek-meets-carnival wedding, but it certainly didn't put a damper on the fun. Check out the beer, pizza truck catering, symbolic color handfasting, carnival-style details, D20 kissing game, and funny ceremony ring snafu. Oh, and don't miss the sweet story about the father/daughter/grandfather dance!

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Brittany & Thomas' garden wedding in Baton Rouge gives us all the feels

High school sweethearts on a thrifty budget, whimsical DIYed decor, a lovely outdoor ceremony in Baton Rouge, and a second line with sparklers — this wedding is love itself. Don't miss the romantic first dance, the gender-blind wedding party (with heart-shaped sunnies!), the ribbon ceremony backdrop, and golden dinosaur details.

Recent Advice

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8 body-positive tips for plus size brides

Being plus sized (or fat — I like the word fat) can add an extra layer of pressure onto the normally stressful stuff of life. But let's lay all of that stuff out on the line right here and now. I want to give you my body-positive plus size bride advice. These eight tips will save you tons of stress and help to make your special day actually special instead of stressful…

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Ceremony script with unicorns and space travel

Our officiant wrote most of our ceremony, and really knocked it out of the park. But my partner and I each picked out a reading, and I took a bunch of Daily Odd Compliments and put them together in a way that flowed. Then we wrote the unity ceremony part, and used a unity ceremony we found here on Offbeat Bride. I'm mostly in love with it, so I want to share it with you…

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Instead of a dollar dance, have a dollar selfie

If you haven't heard of a "dollar dance," here's the scoop. Guests donate one dollar to get a dance with you at your wedding. Pretty simple concept, but totally customizable to the selfie generation (of which I fully support!). Instead of dancing — since not everyone loves that anyway — guests can contribute a dollar for a selfie with you instead.

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6 ways to stay positive with a tight wedding budget

My fiancé Ryan proposed to me the day after he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. We have been together for seven years, and both of us are eager to start our life together. But we also knew that with him working part time and job hunting, we would have to keep ourselves on a tight budget. Throughout the wedding planning process, we’ve learned six lessons that have helped keep our cash, and our goals, in check..

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How to write a kick-ass wedding speech

What if you've been asked to make a wedding speech and you have stage fright, or are getting writer's block, or are having nightmares about the experience — you know, the one where you're standing naked in front of the crowd — and kind of want to back out? Well, grab a drink, calm down, and read this advice…

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9 pairs of Victorian-flavored boots for your pointy-toed or steampunk wedding

We recently shared a post on Facebook that featured a photo with the boots above as the illustration. Immediately a reader was like "Whatever about that post — WHAT ABOUT THOSE BOOTS." So perhaps it's time to share a small collection of Victorian boots. These could be great Neo-Victorian or steampunk wedding shoes, or maybe you just like booties with lace and pointy toes? Regardless, if granny boots are your thing… this is your post.

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I had an anxiety attack right before my wedding: What it meant, what it didn't, and how to cope

In an attempt to stave off further anxiety, I decided to do what any good writer would do and research. I searched “I'm anxious before my wedding,” “How do get through the wedding when you're anxious,” “How to not be anxious for your wedding when you're an anxious person in general.” Similar to how googling an illness automatically tells you you have cancer, every search I made indicated that my marriage was doomed. That awful little voice in my head was telling me They are right, even though I knew they weren't. Wasn't there someone out there who suffered from anxiety and could relate to what I was going through?

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Comfortable wedding shoes are NOT an oxymoron

First, let's start out with the simple truth: comfort is subjective. There are some of us who swear that 4" platform heels are completely comfortable (and of course they are, compared to 5" non-platform heels!), while others of us will only wear flats. Meanwhile, others of us find the lack of arch support in flats to be a complete killer — flats are the worst for some arches! Keeping in mind that no collection of comfortable shoes could ever be perfect for everyone, I thought I'd wrastle up a few of my very favorite funky, colorful, and yes somewhat comfortable wedding shoes. My focus here is on brands known for their comfort, as well as lower heel height, chunkier heels, and flats.

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Tacky weddings: How to not like things, and not be a dick about it

Way back in 2011, I wrote about the shock some folks can experience when their wedding goes viral. The sad truth is that this a perennial topic, because, well, the internet loves to snark about weddings. Even if your wedding doesn't go the full Buzzfeed viral, there's always the chance that members of, say, a board focused on wedding etiquette might be mortified, and link to it, and the comments might get flooded with negativity.

This happened a few weeks ago…

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I proposed to my boyfriend with the help of sharks and Cthulhu

At first there was always the assumption that he would be the one to propose because he’s, ya know, the man. In retrospect I’m a little embarrassed that it took me so long to realize that I could propose instead. Spoiler alert: I proposed. MORE SPOILERS! He said yes.

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Platform shoes to elevate your wedding day

Aww, platforms. I'm not sure which era they're hearkening to at this point — the '90s, which were hearkening to the '70s? I can't keep track, but I've missed them. Tons of chunky heels and sky-high weirdness in here — and as always, I have terrible and very loud taste. I tried to include a few white pretties… but there are also a pair of rainbow gladiators with gold gilded inverted heels so… prepare yourself!

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Obvious and outdated: is my work here done?

The Offbeat Bride book was first released in December of 2006, with a second edition in January of 2010. The wedding it described happened in 2004, and I wrote the bulk of the book ten years ago. The fact that people still buy the book at all is only because of this here website, but somehow people do continue to buy it… and sometimes review it on Amazon.

A negative review came in a couple months ago that blew my mind in the best possible way.

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WTF is "scrumming" and how can it help you actually ENJOY wedding planning

Our wedding planning process was smooth and enjoyable in large part due to my husband’s and my day jobs. He’s a software developer and I’ve been a “Scrum Master.” It sounds like a made-up title, but it’s actually a real thing. “Scrum” is a popular methodology used in software development and manufacturing, and my husband and I found it was perfect for wedding planning as well.

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"Getting naked does stuff": finding yourself with body positive boudoir photography from Jezebel VonZephyr

Boudoir sessions almost always flip on a confidence switch that we just LOVE. That's why we always love partnering with fantastic and body positive boudoir photographers like Jezebel VonZephyr Boudoir in downtown Bothell, WA. Let's talk about what a boudoir session with Sara from Jezebel VonZephyr can do for not only your confidence, but also your soul. Yep, it can be that transformative. We'll also see why "Getting naked does stuff."

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19 affordable wedding shoes under $50

Think your economical shoe budget can't get you big footwear fashion? AU CONTRAIRE! Under $50 is no problem. A small caution with super cheap shoes: some of these are going to be designer knock-offs. Some of them might not be the most comfortable or well-constructed. Some of them are available in limited quantities or are only available in limited sizes. For this post, I prioritized price point over all other interests. So if you're looking for fabulous, offbeat bridal footwear that's going to make your feet look sweet for the afternoon you get married, this is your post.

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3 ways San Francisco-based 43rd Ave. Photography will bring out your wedding's inner mojo

Finding photographers who are open to your ideas (offbeat or otherwise), can capture real moments in your wedding that aren't just staged group shots, and know how to interact with you and your guests is SO valuable. That's why we especially love Nicole and Stephen from 43rd Ave. Photography. Let's talk about our top 3 ways these guys totally rock your wedding journalism-style to capture all of its (and your!) personality.

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Stick it to your guests with wedding decor from StickerYou.com

We're always lusting after fun ideas for customizing wedding decor. Our sponsor, StickerYou.com, allows you to create seriously kick-ass designs that you can affix to your favors, your bottles, your floor, and even your body. Here are our top five favorite ways to customize your decor with labels and decals from StickerYou.com.

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Comfortable wedding shoes are NOT an oxymoron

First, let's start out with the simple truth: comfort is subjective. There are some of us who swear that 4" platform heels are completely comfortable (and of course they are, compared to 5" non-platform heels!), while others of us will only wear flats. Meanwhile, others of us find the lack of arch support in flats to be a complete killer — flats are the worst for some arches! Keeping in mind that no collection of comfortable shoes could ever be perfect for everyone, I thought I'd wrastle up a few of my very favorite funky, colorful, and yes somewhat comfortable wedding shoes. My focus here is on brands known for their comfort, as well as lower heel height, chunkier heels, and flats.

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