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Our 30 best wedding ideas to steal

Is it rare to be encouraged to steal something? We happen to encourage you all to steal our Offbeat Bride ideas rather a lot. In fact, one of our biggest archives is full of wedding ideas that we'd really like you to steal, pretty please. And I couldn't get all of my favorites on this list (though I made sure to include my favorite tip for a post-ceremony activity). What I'm saying is, you should go have a wander through that once you're done with these 30 of my favorites.

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Include EVERYONE in your processional!

Zay and Stacey, as you may recall, had a kickass outdoor wedding in Kansas last June. You should def go check out the entire wedding, but may I direct your attention to one particular bit of awesomeness? Zay and Stacey walked out to their ceremony site accompanied by EVERYONE at the wedding. Not a couple loved ones, not just a wedding party, no — every guest who was at their wedding got to be part of a dang parade to the ceremony!

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Wrap your winter wedding menus with rosemary for a sweet-smelling reception

I am huge into herbs, so I gasped out loud when I saw that Jeff and Brandon tucked sprigs of rosemary into the menus at their wedding. My favorite! If you're not familiar, think of the warm comfort foods of winter — turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and so on. You've probably eaten them flavored with rosemary!

This herb's smell is savory, refreshing, and oh so appetizing. That makes it the perfect complement to a menu at a winter wedding! The aroma is subtle enough that it's not going to knock anyone off their feet, but with a sprig at each plate, rosemary will definitely lend a delightful aroma to your reception area.

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Mingle with reception guests in order of their age

Every once in awhile we get some super duper simple advice from our couples that make us totally smack our heads. This is one of those nuggets of wisdom. If you want to make sure to get a little time with all of your guests at the reception, mingle in order of age! Target those who are likely to leave earlier (older relatives, parents with young children, or guests with long drives home) and make them your first priority.