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Boho meets glam with these shrugs, capes, toppers, & wraps from BHLDN

Fall weddings, cold weather weddings, vintage glam weddings, or a modest church ceremony — there are TONS of reasons to be in the market for a chic and glamorous wedding cover-up. We went a-hunting at reader fave BHLDN to see what they had in store for shrugs, capes, toppers, and wraps. They had a fair few (or, you know, a ton!) to choose from. From faux fur to sequins to maribou to full-on feathers… these are wedding wraps from BHLDN that will make your day.

Let's get to the window shopping…

A Nigerian-American carnival themed wedding (with Six Flags post-party!)

John and I love theme parks, especially Disney World, so I had the idea to have a carnival themed wedding. I initially wanted to incorporate carnival rides, but given our guest list size (about 250 people invited), we had to be more space conscious, so we opted for a wedding weekend that included a trip to the area theme park (Six Flags) in our wedding attire.

This Twin Peaks wedding inspiration knows everyone and nothing is what it seems

This Twin Peaks wedding inspiration had little nods to one of our favorites TV shows (both old and new!) with the themed invitations, cocktail choice (coffee, natch!), ceremony backdrop, outfits, menus, table settings, and cake design. It's a game to try to spot all of the references and homages to the world of Twin Peaks.

Don't miss the detail in the two sides of Twin Peaks: the colorful dream sequence and the woodland scenes…

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

We used our love of music festivals as inspiration for our music festival backwoods wedding. We had food stalls instead of traditional catering, a couple of local bands, lots of tents, and an overall casual feel to the whole day. We hung hundreds of feet of string lights and accented the space with hand-painted signs and quirky little details like gnomes and mini VW buses. Guests were encouraged to camp out so there was a little tent city on the property.

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Boho meets glam with these shrugs, capes, toppers, & wraps from BHLDN

Fall weddings, cold weather weddings, vintage glam weddings, or a modest church ceremony — there are TONS of reasons to be in the market for a chic and glamorous wedding cover-up. We went a-hunting at reader fave BHLDN to see what they had in store for shrugs, capes, toppers, and wraps. They had a fair few (or, you know, a ton!) to choose from. From faux fur to sequins to maribou to full-on feathers… these are wedding wraps from BHLDN that will make your day.

Let's get to the window shopping…

This surprise Doctor Who scavenger hunt proposal would blow the mind of any Time Lord

This is the story of how my boyfriend proposed at the end of a surprise, Seattle-wide, Doctor Who scavenger hunt proposal. He spent months preparing for this, and his efforts really paid off! Weeks earlier, he'd told me to block out that day in my calendar for a surprise. I'm like a cat (curiosity "kills" me), so when the day finally arrived, I was eager to know what his plans were. Little did I know, they were EPIC.

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Fancy socks + heels: let's get this to be a vintage-inspired THING

Socks and heels definitely aren't new (cuffed ankle socks and t-straps are vintage gold!), but I wouldn't say they're common at weddings. I've been seeing some really gorgeous and glam socks that could take your wedding shoe game up a notch. The real secret, though, is that they'll likely make your heels (or flats, oxfords, platforms, whateva) way more comfortable. I found a kick-ass selection of bedazzled, sequined, shiny, and totally formal (and not-so-formal) styles to pair with your wedding shoes.

So many offbeat rings and trinkets for Valentine's Day gifts and proposals

It's almost Valentine's Day, which for most of us means we're running around trying to find something meaningful to give to our partners. Thankfully, we've got tons of vendor partners producing some of the most stunning and offbeat rings and trinkets and sparklies (oh my!) that we've seen. We've rounded up some of our favorites to inspire you to give the gift of purty bling to your special someone. Or maybe as bridesmaids/family gifts. And especially as a gift to yourself. Oh, and bonus: a few of these folks have discounts going on…

20 light-up wedding signs & marquees for spectacular photo ops (and home decor!)

Lightbox style signs are super trendy right now and we've been spotting them all over wedding receptions with good reason: they look rad AF! Plus, they light up which means they can point out your candy buffet, favor table, ice cream bar, whatever… in the dark. But the secret reason I want to snag some of these light-up wedding signs is that they can turn into some of the most epic home decor after the wedding. It's all a big scheme to reuse everything later on.

Find your favorite LED sign, customize it to your names, your wedding hashtag, your motto, your subversive "eff you," etc. and light up the night…

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A Nigerian-American carnival themed wedding (with Six Flags post-party!)

John and I love theme parks, especially Disney World, so I had the idea to have a carnival themed wedding. I initially wanted to incorporate carnival rides, but given our guest list size (about 250 people invited), we had to be more space conscious, so we opted for a wedding weekend that included a trip to the area theme park (Six Flags) in our wedding attire.

This Twin Peaks wedding inspiration knows everyone and nothing is what it seems

This Twin Peaks wedding inspiration had little nods to one of our favorites TV shows (both old and new!) with the themed invitations, cocktail choice (coffee, natch!), ceremony backdrop, outfits, menus, table settings, and cake design. It's a game to try to spot all of the references and homages to the world of Twin Peaks.

Don't miss the detail in the two sides of Twin Peaks: the colorful dream sequence and the woodland scenes…

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

We used our love of music festivals as inspiration for our music festival backwoods wedding. We had food stalls instead of traditional catering, a couple of local bands, lots of tents, and an overall casual feel to the whole day. We hung hundreds of feet of string lights and accented the space with hand-painted signs and quirky little details like gnomes and mini VW buses. Guests were encouraged to camp out so there was a little tent city on the property.

Journey to the center of the Earth at this Iceland volcano wedding 700 feet down!

Southern Australian couple, Petra and Jan, decided that their bucket list included a two-day Iceland volcano wedding with their three sons joining them as guests. They wanted to be the first to marry somewhere unforgettable in Iceland, inside a VOLCANO. They were married 700 feet down into the Earth. Just wait until you hear the whole story to the center of the Earth…

A fantasy-inspired wedding with influences of military travels

Brenna and Alexander had a gorgeous fantasy and Game of Thrones-inspired wedding with extra inspiration from their military travels, especially to China. The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden was the background for their ceremony where Alexander recited a poem he'd wrote especially for Brenna.

You could see the influence of things they love: traveling adventures, Game of Thrones, the color purple, and their two dogs/ring bearers (in bow ties!).

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Are you having an "East Coast Style" reception with dancing FIRST?

A lot of American wedding receptions follow this formula: a grand entrance followed by a meal, speeches, and finally dancing. But in what's been dubbed an "East Coast Style" reception, dancing happens right away with intermittent boogie-ing down between meal courses, too! It sounds pretty rad to me and gets everyone out of their seats and into mingle and mix mode right away.

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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So many offbeat & fun engagement photo ideas to inspire yours

There's more to fun engagement photo ideas than gazing into each others' eyes in a park. You can do, well, anything! We put out the call for some alternative ideas for engagement shoot ideas and our vendors came through with some winners. We're talking movie and TV references, arcade gaming, dinosaur cameos, lightsabers, wands, and dance parties anywhere.

Don't want your period at the wedding? Try a period calculator to predict your dates

Those of us with periods, and specifically with fairly predictable ones, have one tiny advantage to picking a wedding date. There's a way to kinda-sorta predict when you might have your period around your wedding date. These period calculators are usually intended for predicting ovulation and fertility, but we can totally use them to pick a wedding date that will likely not be one of your period days.

Here are a few to try out…

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Give your guests vintage valentine favors at your Valentine's Day wedding (free printables!)

When it comes to free printables, there's little more prolific as vintage Valentines (which I love!). Give all of the guests at your Valentine's Day wedding a little slice of nostalgia that they can keep forever in scrapbooks and memory boxes. Plus, these are free printables so they'll only cost you the price of the paper! What a steal.

Here are some of my favorite vintage valentine favors to save, print, and gift to your guests…

Ride the rosé trend with these rosé signature cocktails

If you're excited that rosé is having its day in the sun then you're in my camp. I love a pretty pink and sweet drink. I'm a cliché, what can I say?

Let's be cliché together and add one of these pretty (and delicious!) rosé signature cocktails to our wedding drink repertoire, shall we?

How to make a kick-ass vegan s'mores station for your wedding

Since we had a butt-ton of vegans at our wedding, we made sure that they could have one awesome wedding s'mores station experience.

What I learned is that vegan s'mores are just as yummy and sometimes even better in some ways. Here's everything you'll need for your s'mores station…

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How you can get personalized, stellar wedding photography all while doing some good in the world

Sometimes you just feel at home with a vendor before you even meet them. Sometimes they just give you that vibe and you know you'll totally get along. And getting along is pretty important when it comes to being comfortable in front of a camera. That's why we are always down to talk shop with DIWAS Photography, the dynamic duo who has been one of our favorite skilled photography teams for so long now.

Let's say hello to Sadie and Diwas, see how they can make your wedding day super chill and natural, and how you can help contribute back to the world by hiring them. Oh, and I think I mentioned a super special promotion somewhere in there, too?

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings

I never tire of seeing couples embrace the past with vintage engagement rings. And I just keep losing my mind over the beautiful vintage-inspired recreations I've seen made by artisans like our long-time jewelry partner, Joseph Jewelry. Let's get into what vintage and antique rings even are, from what styles you can model your ring, and of course, some of my very favorites that I wish were sparkling on my fingers right now…

This super flexible gift registry has options we've never seen (and it's totally free!)

We've talked registries before, but sometimes you just want to call out cool features you haven't seen and especially so when the tool is totally free. So we couldn't help wanting to talk shop about our partner, Blueprint Registry. You likely want a universal registry that allows for honeymoon funding, group gifting, and selecting gifts from anywhere on the web, right? Blueprint's got you covered, with an additional tool that is RAD. Let's talk about the features and why it might be just right for your wedding registry…

What to do when your dream wedding photographer lives far away? You snag THIS deal from of our faves, Dustin Cantrell

Loooongtime partner of ours, traveling photographer Dustin Cantrell, is one of our favorites for a ton of reasons. He's been part of the offbeat community for years, has captured wild and woolly offbeat weddings that made us wild with envy, intimate couples sessions that melted our hearts, and knows his way around weddings large and super tiny.

Let's hear more about Dustin and the major Offbeat Bride deal he's got going that'll make getting him to your local or destination wedding so.much.easier…

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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Your cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation

When it comes to invitation wording, we've got you covered. But what if you just need a cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation? What do you HAVE to include and what's just a nice-to-have? Here's a recap of all the information you'll want on there, what bonus information helps, and what you can totally offshore to a wedding website. Let's get to cheatsheeting!

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How to create your bridal shop moment with your online bought dress

It's way easier to buy online than it ever has been before. This online shopping convenience comes with a tiny cost, though: you don't have that bridal store moment where you let your crew see you in the dress/outfit and ooh and ahh. The remedy? Create that shit yourself!

Here are my tips to create your bridal shop moment with your online purchased dress…

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What the heck is a microwedding (and could it be the perfect wedding for you?)

If you've seen the word "microwedding" around the internet, your brain may jump straight to eloping, right? But a microwedding is a tiny wedding of under 50ish people, usually planned in a similar fashion to larger weddings but on a smaller scale.

If you can get over the hurdle of convincing your ultra nearest and dearest that it's okay to only have them at the wedding, you're in the clear to plan your own microwedding. Ready to see if a microwedding will be your jam? Here are the reasons teeny tiny weddings kick serious ass…

7 things to keep in mind when booking entertainment for your wedding

If you'll be needing entertainment to enhance the atmosphere of your wedding, it can be a challenge. Nothing can bring together both sides of the aisle together like some killer music (whether for dancing all night or background for your tabletop gaming).

Here are some tips for booking entertainment to keep your wedding guests chill and having a blast.

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