This wedding was held on a campground in the mountains. The couple was married in a small amphitheater and the 40-50 guests sat on logs surrounding them. There was no bridal party. The bride did not carry flowers. Dinner was Mexican food in the lodge, the cakes were pre-made by a beloved local bakery. I think the sole decorations were blue and white plastic table covers in the lodge, a single string of colored Christmas lights around the basketball court. And guess what? No one missed any of the extras.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of simple wedding posts.
We got married a few months ago, and we wrote the ceremony and vows ourselves. I wanted to share them with you guys in case any of you were looking for something short and simple.
Kelly and Steve married each other on the roof of their apartment building in Brooklyn last August, complete with a jaw-dropping sunset for a the background. Only a few close loved ones attended this super-small, super-low-key, super-urban affair — which also included their dog. Throw in a few twinkle lights around the balcony after dark, and hello magical urban-evening rooftop.
Conny and Felix are Germans living in Sydney, Australia who love Cape Town, South Africa. Got it so far? Conny's mother lives in the nearby small town of McGregor and hosted this gorgeous party for the pair after their official ceremony in Germany. And boy, was the scenery alone worth the travel! Watercolor-faded mountain lines in the horizon, a sweet little chapel underneath a canopy of trees, and ocean blue stained glass… paradise!
We love this wedding because it is a total reality check: getting married across oceans is challenging, last-minute elopements can be super meaningful, and you don't have to believe the Pinterest hype. And you CAN beat the thunderstorms if you time it right! Come fall in love with this wedding and its beachy, bald eagle guest-goodness.
This wedding planning thing can suck hard. Not everyone loves planning a wedding and some people downright hate it. Drama happens, things go wrong, and planning is a whole heck of a lot of work. If that’s you right now, then maybe we can help make things at least a little better with these six tips.
These two had some interesting dilemmas: managing expectations from a very Catholic family and a not-so-Catholic family, balancing the needs of disabilities and the recovery community, and having a super low budget. But we can all learn from this bride's kick-ass attitude about keeping things accessible and authentic! Plus, we're totally behind any wedding that ends with a D&D campaign.
This pair took serious advantage of the awesome locales in their new city of Chicago. After a $10(!!) cultural center ceremony and an amazing brunch with their immediate family, they traversed the urban terrain for a super fun portrait session. This is the ultimate combination of intimacy, budget-friendly, and bonding with a new city. And a ring snafu at the ceremony turned out to have a really sweet solution.
This week we're letting our hair down and getting back to nature in the wild, wild outdoors! Today's couple wanted a fun weekend of roller skating, kayaking, and of course, a wedding by the shore. You'll definitely want to see whose legs had potential to freak everyone out, and who did an epic 60-person high-fiving spree.
Vanessa and Osiris are originally from Venezuela, and now live and work in London. They planned a three-part event around London to show their global guests (from Venezuela to LA and beyond) some gorgeous sights in the place they love. From ceremony to a three hour boat cruise with a cream tea, to rockin' reception, everything was lovely and sweet and delicious food was everywhere.
A little heavy metal, some geeky references, a custom Etsy dress, and a lot of friends contributing to the fun… sounds like a wedding made for our readers. This bride also learned to put down the wedding magazines and totally embrace a lack of control on the wedding day. Plus, a certain Dutch tradition of performing skits will totally amaze you.