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13 pairs of bold and beyond affordable wedding shoes from Show Story

Show Story clearly focuses on shoes that are bright and bold, and not incredibly well-made. I mean, for $20, you think you're going to get hand-cobbled high quality stuff? No, you're going to get a bright and bold pair of shoes you can wear a few times — your wedding being one of those times! We've got starry night pumps, sandals with heart heels, and lil tuxedo booties. Let's go!

Charity in your registry? Do some good with charcoal-efficient stoves for women in Kenya

This year, 2.3 million couples will get married in the United States and will receive $19 billion worth of wedding gifts (that’s a ton of gravy boats). Imagine if each couple added just one more gift to their registries, or in lieu of shower gifts, favors, etc., a gift that would help a family in need. Yep, we're talking charity in your registry! The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that “adds venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries, is now offering a wedding registry campaign to provide charcoal-efficient stoves to women in Kenya.

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Rubber ducks and blue hair: we love this sea-inspired wedding meets masquerade

Rachel and Rial love whimsy and some of their memories are of enjoying the ocean together, so naturally, their wedding had a sea-inspired wedding meets masquerade. Their wedding showcased the most vibrant colors for hair, bouquets (made by Rachel), wedding party attire, elaborate masks, sea glass, and even rubber duckies for party favors because they are one of Rial's favorite things. Oh, and the rubber ducky cake toppers were hand painted to match their hair and attire of the couple. You'll love the groom's vows on bended knee!

Reception logistics: How many people can fit around your reception tables?

Planning out your seating chart can be a doozy if you're not sure how many guests can fit around the tables at your reception venue. We've got a rough guideline to help you plan how many guests to seat at your tables, depending on their size and shape. We've also included estimates for highboy tables, which are often found at cocktail receptions. Let's talk shop on reception logistics and how many guests you can fit at your tables…

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Fairy nipple flowers & Khaleesi dresses: My Monique Lhuillier surprise visit

I knew my friend was taking me to a dress shop in LA that is filled with non-traditional dress options. But what I didn't know is that she made a surprise appointment for me at Monique Lhuillier.

Now, like anyone with eyeballs and an appreciation of the art of fashion, I loves me some Monique Lhuillier. But ME, a ratty little tomboy, in a Monique Lhullier? The thought made me laugh. But, what happened really surprised me…

Sexy and chic wedding pantsuits for the dapperest of brides

Brides in pants, dapper brides, and all those who just want to rock chic wedding pantsuits, this is the roundup for you. We're going shopping for women's cut suits, flowy pantsuits (in more than just white!), and tuxedo styles for ladies of all shapes and styles.

You'll find clean lines, wild and outrageous looks, and even a space bride outfit. Are you intrigued yet? Let's go window shopping, shall we?

Recent Real Weddings

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Rubber ducks and blue hair: we love this sea-inspired wedding meets masquerade

Rachel and Rial love whimsy and some of their memories are of enjoying the ocean together, so naturally, their wedding had a sea-inspired wedding meets masquerade. Their wedding showcased the most vibrant colors for hair, bouquets (made by Rachel), wedding party attire, elaborate masks, sea glass, and even rubber duckies for party favors because they are one of Rial's favorite things. Oh, and the rubber ducky cake toppers were hand painted to match their hair and attire of the couple. You'll love the groom's vows on bended knee!

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This woodsy chic backyard wedding was a labor of love

Corey and George had an intimate wedding that celebrated the vibrant colors of fall and their waterfront backyard venue in the woods. They grew their own flowers, and the bride's mother made her bouquet which included a deer horn to honor the bride's father and the groom's mother. The groom surprised everyone with a live band, and they provided a huge drawing board for the kids and anyone who wanted to leave a love note for them. It was a chic backyard wedding, and a lovely labor of love with local vendors and gorgeous details.

Let's get fancy at this grand Gatsby-inspired union in Australia

The Werribee Mansion is renowned as one of the most glamorous and impressive venues in Victoria, Australia as it boasts 1900 period-styled decor, rolling green hills, and an absolutely massive size. Ben and Chris took full advantage with their Gatsby-inspired union among costumed friends and family. The pair actually runs an online business that sources antique furniture, so utilizing their resources, they managed to curate the whole look. The furniture, plants, and decor were all found in vintage antique shops.

Let's explore this Great Gatsby-inspired union with massive style…

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Ring Pops, donuts, and ladies in love at this Voodoo Donuts wedding

Natya and Kris had a small but kick-ass ceremony at the famous Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR. There were, as always, about 20 people in line at the store and many more outside along the sidewalk. This meant that there were tons of onlookers, many of whom only just realized there was a tiny wedding happening.
There were gorgeous photos out by the waterfront, a sweet (literally and figuratively!) donut-filled ceremony with Ring Pop rings, and a gorgeous pair of ladies in love. Let's take a peek at this Voodoo Donuts wedding…

Level up at this arcade adventure quest wedding

This pair totally embraced the alternative reception concept with a no-dancing, board games, arcade-style, bowling celebration at their adventure quest wedding. You'll never believe how detailed their wedding quest was. Custom dice, tons of games, loads of awesome break-the-ice quests, all after a gorgeous forest preserve ceremony.

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Reception logistics: How many people can fit around your reception tables?

Planning out your seating chart can be a doozy if you're not sure how many guests can fit around the tables at your reception venue. We've got a rough guideline to help you plan how many guests to seat at your tables, depending on their size and shape. We've also included estimates for highboy tables, which are often found at cocktail receptions. Let's talk shop on reception logistics and how many guests you can fit at your tables…

Surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities

Is it just me, or is it difficult being an Offbeat Bride on more traditional websites? While I love to talk about planning weddings, why are the communities on these websites as a whole so judgmental? Is it just me that's met with this…hostility, if I even dare to ask about something that seems too offbeat, taboo, and "rude?" We're just surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities…

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Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

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Ring needs resizing? Here's why you should wait to wear it…

If your engagement or wedding ring needs resizing, there are some good reasons to wait to wear it. As someone who has worked in a chain jewelry store and done a lot of research out of personal interest, I've seen some real damage occur when a larger ring is worn before resizing. Letting it flop around and hitting against another ring to keep it in place is both bad for the metal and the stones. It puts it at much more at risk for knocking the stone out, chipping it, or breaking it completely depending on how old the stone is and what kind of inclusions it naturally has.

Recent Features

Charity in your registry? Do some good with charcoal-efficient stoves for women in Kenya

This year, 2.3 million couples will get married in the United States and will receive $19 billion worth of wedding gifts (that’s a ton of gravy boats). Imagine if each couple added just one more gift to their registries, or in lieu of shower gifts, favors, etc., a gift that would help a family in need. Yep, we're talking charity in your registry! The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that “adds venture” capital to create jobs in developing countries, is now offering a wedding registry campaign to provide charcoal-efficient stoves to women in Kenya.

Surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities

Is it just me, or is it difficult being an Offbeat Bride on more traditional websites? While I love to talk about planning weddings, why are the communities on these websites as a whole so judgmental? Is it just me that's met with this…hostility, if I even dare to ask about something that seems too offbeat, taboo, and "rude?" We're just surviving as offbeat in mainstream online communities…

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Bridal "best selves": when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but when you don't fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it's your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.

I solemnly swear these DIYed Harry Potter programs are up to no good

We've got a geektastic Harry Potter and Star Wars wedding coming up this week, but I seriously couldn't wait to share the DIYed Marauders' Map programs made by the bride, Andrea, herself. They took over 40 hours to make by hand and it shows. The Harry Potter programs opened in three different directions to reveal the sequence of events at the ceremony and a special thank you message from the couple.

Are you seeing the footprints pointing at "Processional?" So flippin' adorable. Fellow Potterphiles: are you not entertained?! Let's peek at the rest of these Harry potter programs at Andrea and Ron's wedding. Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding (including floral R2-D2!) later this week…

It's been one year since the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage…

As the first anniversary of the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage rolls around, we remember that the continued perseverance of these communities are making a difference. Is it still mind-blowingly slow and frustrating and hard? Hell yes. But as Lin Manuel Miranda so heart-wrenchingly uttered at The Tonys, "love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside." This anniversary, marked with the pain of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history (which targeted the LGBT and people of color communities), has to remind us to keep fighting. Let's take a look back at some of our coverage of the various legal decisions and a few of our own favorite LGBT weddings we've featured.

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This funny RSVP card has an answer for every smart-ass on your guest list

I've seen tons of variations on this funny RSVP card around the web, so we thought we'd try out our own version as a free downloadable printable. Whether your guests will be happily accepting or tongue-in-check happily declining… there's an answer for every smart-ass on your guest list. Who knows — maybe it'll inspire the slackers to actually send their card in before you start the RSVP hounding process.

Chocolate-fiends: This grasshopper julep could be your chocolate signature cocktail

Hey, chocolate lovers: are you in need of a really good chocolate signature cocktail, or even an idea for a unity cocktail? This grasshopper julep might be your new favorite drink. We just had the Kentucky Derby, so a good, stiff bourbon drink is just what the drink doctor ordered. Hell, maybe just save this recipe for a particularly long crafting night. I won't judge. I'm probably drinking one right now anyway. Let's see how to make this mint meets chocolate meets booze delicious monstrosity.

Recent Stuff we love

13 pairs of bold and beyond affordable wedding shoes from Show Story

Show Story clearly focuses on shoes that are bright and bold, and not incredibly well-made. I mean, for $20, you think you're going to get hand-cobbled high quality stuff? No, you're going to get a bright and bold pair of shoes you can wear a few times — your wedding being one of those times! We've got starry night pumps, sandals with heart heels, and lil tuxedo booties. Let's go!

How to get a wedding photography discount for just being YOU

They say that things that sound too good to be true, usually are. But this is Offbeat Bride, where we do away with "the usual." In the case of our sponsor Justine Johnson, her deals are just as good as they sound… You either have the chance to have a completely free, completely amazing wedding photographer, just for being your completely awesome selves. Just for being you doing "you."

Here's how you can get Justine to shoot your wedding for either free, or deeply discounted…

Sexy and chic wedding pantsuits for the dapperest of brides

Brides in pants, dapper brides, and all those who just want to rock chic wedding pantsuits, this is the roundup for you. We're going shopping for women's cut suits, flowy pantsuits (in more than just white!), and tuxedo styles for ladies of all shapes and styles.

You'll find clean lines, wild and outrageous looks, and even a space bride outfit. Are you intrigued yet? Let's go window shopping, shall we?

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