How do we communicate that we sincerely want no wedding gifts?

When it comes to gift-giving, the general consensus among my peers is that you give what you can, if you wish. As far as we're concerned, your presence is present enough — especially considering that we are a bunch of broke Millennials.

My extended family, however, hardcore-believes in tangible gifts. Some of them are sticklers for the traditional (and comfortably middle-class) notion of extensive and expensive gifts at shower, hen party, and wedding. It's generous, but also uncomfortable, at odds with our values, and not always string-free. How can I discourage gifts at my wedding?

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…

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…