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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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I'm single! Who should I bring as my plus one?

Any opinion on who to bring to a wedding if you are completely single but have been granted a "plus one?" One wedding I am in the wedding party and the other I am just a guest, but both weddings I will only know a handful of people. Any advice on who should I bring as my plus one?

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Bats instead of butterflies in your stomach? Let's talk about pre-wedding anxiety attacks

My anxiety attacks me where it will hurt the most — it makes me question my relationship, and now it added crushing doubt about whether I truly wanted to marry the man lying next to me. The very existence of those thoughts crumbled whatever defense I had left, because in that state of mind it feels like every thought that enters my head must, by its very existence, be true, no matter how much I love and want to be with him. Great state of mind for a newly engaged person.

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Why I will not be wearing an ounce of make-up at my wedding

Based on how many people have asked "where are you getting your make-up done?" — without ever pausing to consider the possibility that I won't have it done professionally — it's clear that choosing to have no wedding make-up goes against what many people think a "normal" bride should do. On my wedding day I will not be wearing an ounce of make-up. Why?…