You've heard of a black tie wedding, right? Well, today we're talking about SimplyTie weddings. SimplyTie.com is a website full of useful tools to help plan your wedding. And we're not talking yet another another site that just collects photos for you or manages your guests lists — SimplyTie does both those things and more.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of wedding planning posts.
Did you hear about the Tribesmaid that just found out about the Fetish Con being hosted at her wedding venue? Yeah… Add that to the list of "shit I would NEVER have thought about when planning a wedding." So here's a little tip from reader/former hotel business lady Rebecca…
Wedding planning is all about making a crapload of choices. Even those couples who do their utmost to avoid making every single decision still have to face some choices. Dudes, some of those choices are tough ones. And we can talk forever about etiquette, or rules, or best practices, but real life comes with choices that don't always fit into nice boxes. The thing is, when you make a big decision, especially about an event like a wedding, people have major feels about it. MAJOR FEELS. And when it comes to weddings, we often want to seek advice but we also often get unsolicited advice. In the face of that, you need to be prepared to be accountable.
We all have at least one friend we follow on Pinterest who is guilty of obsessively over-pinning wedding stuff. Her non-stop hoarding of the typical wedding/spam pins have made me realize a couple of things.
1. Unfollow that shiznit, pronto, before you burst into an epic feminist-esque rage.
2. Excessive pinning to a non-secret board is annoying.
Enlightenment #2 made a light bulb go off in my head…
Can vendors you aren't hiring still help you with your wedding plans? Should you even reach out and ask if you know you aren't going to hire them? Based on one Offbeat Bride readers' experience we took this question to wedding planner Kelli from Shindig Events. And the answer just might help make your wedding planning a lot easier.
My parents and my future husband are all divorced. And this is probably going to sound like a really odd, coming from someone planning her first, and hopefully only wedding. But I wanted to share some thoughts I had on how divorce has, in fact, positively affected my wedding planning process.
Apparently when you tell friends and family that you're happy the way you are and that you can take it or leave it ("it" being matrimonial bliss), that you're out of yo' damn mind. But that's not what makes me a liar, since I'm still stickin' to my guns that I'd not made any sweeping declarations regarding marriage. But still… in the past month or so, I've been scratching my head about and thinking "Huh. I am such a liar."
Being on the wild end of the offbeat spectrum does confer certain disadvantages and benefits. Disadvantages in that you can't pass for mainstream — you're always a threat, always a target. People attack you for no reason. But benefits in that blocking all those attacks gives you some pretty sweet armor. You've gotten really good at deflecting or ignoring criticism, maintaining internalized self worth, and just generally saying NO. NO to feeling bad about yourself, NO to apologizing for your choices, NO to altering your life to suit the preferences of others. NO is a goddamn survival skill.
This is fucking invaluable as shit when wedding planning.
I read an awesome article today from The Chronicle about a 22-Hour Piñata which I think we should all consider applying to our weddings. Sometimes it just is not worth an insane amount of work. Some projects do not deserve to be priorities. For some people, that means the whole damn wedding. Yes, you heard me.
A year and a bit down the line from our wedding day, I've found that the some of the advice I picked up during the process of planning the wedding is still working for us on a day-to-day basis in countless situations. Here are my pieces of life advice that I learned from planning our wedding…
Our elopement was attended by 60 people… 60 people who were all invited. That's not an elopement you say? I say, well then maybe it's time to change your definition of elopement! It might actually make your wedding planning way less stressful.