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Land ho! Get yer sea legs for this pirate wedding in Wisconsin

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day which means we've got a chic and fun pirate wedding in Madison, WI to share. Ben and Rona's pirate-y wedding featured sea-worthy details like ships, anchors, octopodes, and lots of deep sea blues. They rocked some pirate hats and swords and even had a sword fight after their first dance!

Come about with your sea legs to see this adorable seafaring wedding in Wisconsin…

Here's why rose gold rings are becoming our OBSESSION

If you've been on the hunt for an engagement ring or wedding bands, you may have noticed how wildly popular custom rose gold rings have become. It's been gaining popularity for some time now and I'm pretty sure they've entered the pantheon of classics. And we couldn't be MORE into it. I decided to do some digging into one of my favorite places to ogle the jewelry goods, our loooongtime jewelry vendor pals, Joseph Jewelry. You can never go wrong when you're online shopping with artisans who custom create designs where you can literally create ANYTHING you can dream up.

Eat 'em or take 'em: these s'mores wedding favors are a gooey gift guests will devour

S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.

Here's how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael's Weddings™…

Prepare to swoon at these stylish grooms and their swanky and chic wedding

Ricardo and Alex had a swanky and chic wedding at the FatVillage Art District in Fort Lauderdale, FL that blew us away. Ricardo owns a successful dance studio and his students and their parents support the LGBT community. Many attended the wedding and brought with them tons of fun vibes.

There were food trucks, a huge, lit-up cherry blossom tree, a custom backdrop and photo booth, and so many colorful and stylish details that you'll just have to start scrolling to see them all.

7 fur-tastic ways to include your pet in the wedding day

Like all of us who follow famous animals on Instagram, I love seeing your ring dogs, cat save-the-dates, and guinea pig cake toppers. But are there MORE ways to include your pet in the wedding day? I decided to see what was new in the realm of wedding pets. And there was! I saw so many adorable ways to add some pet fur to your day (without wigging them out, of course).

Let's get to the honorable wedding puppers and kittehs (and whatever other animals y'all love!)…

Recent Wedding Porn

Anatomy meets embroidery at this creepy-stylish and moody wedding inspiration

If you're on the hunt for sorta creepy, sorta Halloween-inspired, blood red anatomy meets science, this moody wedding inspiration is for you. I've been trickling in some dark and fun Halloween weddings lately and this one slid right in like buttah. What I especially love about this shoot is the fabulous lighting, the tres elegant styling paired with some offbeat touches, and of course, the embroidery!

Blue hair, brocade, & anatomical hearts at this Ireland goth wedding inspiration

It's September which means that it's totally Halloween season! You might think it's too early, but this Ireland goth wedding inspiration says otherwise. We're totally prepared to bask in the skull decor, deep red drinks, gold on black stationery, anatomical hearts, and an eerily gorgeous cake. Don't miss these two gorgeous people sporting blue hair, stunning makeup, a black corset, and a silver brocade coat.

An intimate cocktail bar and a nearby forest served as the backdrops for this shoot and it's getting us in that spooky mood we love…

14 offbeat floral ties in skull print, watercolors, mosaics, and more

Floral ties are all the rage right now and you and/or your partner might be looking for a way to offbeat-ize the look. Flowers are fun in all kinds of formats, ties included. Plus, ties work on anyone getting married (groom, bride, or otherwise), so don't let the trend limit what you think you can wear.

Here are a few alternative and offbeat floral ties to try out to get the look you're going for including mosaic flowers, dark and chic flowers, hand-painted prints, lace florals, skulls, and even banana leaves…

I am ALL about this gold foil + dried flowers wedding nail art

If I were to describe my current favorite wedding nail art, I think I'd go with a transparent base with dried flowers and gold foil. Oh but WAIT… that exists? And it's in easy-peasy, non-permanent press-on form? I'm so in. I spied these temporary wedding nails over at Jane Safarian Nail Art, who coincidentally also has a bajillion more styles to choose from. Think chrome ombre nails, holographic nails, pink marble, 3D water droplets, and that dried flower look on black, taupe, and more.

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Don't miss the greenery shawl at this Mid-Century Modern wedding right in the middle of a strawberry field

If there's ever a universally loved style era, it's Mid-Century Modern of the '50s and '60s. Charles and Ray Eames, groove, natural, themes, and major color make it so iconic from graphic design to architecture, interior design, and fashion. This Portugal wedding shoot was inspired by it all and features bright flowers, a retro-inspired dress, and a delightfully pop cake with matching paperie, all in the middle of a strawberry field.

But wait, is that a shawl made of greenery and flowers?! Yes, yes it is. And it's AMAZING…

Recent Real Weddings

Land ho! Get yer sea legs for this pirate wedding in Wisconsin

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day which means we've got a chic and fun pirate wedding in Madison, WI to share. Ben and Rona's pirate-y wedding featured sea-worthy details like ships, anchors, octopodes, and lots of deep sea blues. They rocked some pirate hats and swords and even had a sword fight after their first dance!

Come about with your sea legs to see this adorable seafaring wedding in Wisconsin…

Prepare to swoon at these stylish grooms and their swanky and chic wedding

Ricardo and Alex had a swanky and chic wedding at the FatVillage Art District in Fort Lauderdale, FL that blew us away. Ricardo owns a successful dance studio and his students and their parents support the LGBT community. Many attended the wedding and brought with them tons of fun vibes.

There were food trucks, a huge, lit-up cherry blossom tree, a custom backdrop and photo booth, and so many colorful and stylish details that you'll just have to start scrolling to see them all.

A darkly eclectic jam session wedding with tux shirts & In-n-Out

Let's set the scene: a bride in black, a groom in shorts, a frolic in a cemetery, their cat in a tux, groomsmen in tux t-shirts, festivities at an RV park, music fest-style family jam sessions, grandmas palm reading, skeleton flamingos, catering from In-n-Out(!), and an excess of love. Have I got your attention yet?

Don't miss the skelly flamingos, mismatched bridesmaids, giant chess set, and epic bonfire late into the night…

A creative mountain wedding at Zorthian Ranch (with a handmade dress!)

Jon and Jenny are both creatives, and they wanted a hip but relaxed wedding with their closest family and friends. They chose the Zorthian Ranch, which is known for it's offbeat artist community built by a local Altadena artist.

They had a ton of DIY elements to their creative mountain wedding. Jenny made both her dress AND Jon's suit. She also made their wedding pie! Do not miss the hot pink and black floral dress, the chic and simple details, and the gorgeous pie display…

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7 fur-tastic ways to include your pet in the wedding day

Like all of us who follow famous animals on Instagram, I love seeing your ring dogs, cat save-the-dates, and guinea pig cake toppers. But are there MORE ways to include your pet in the wedding day? I decided to see what was new in the realm of wedding pets. And there was! I saw so many adorable ways to add some pet fur to your day (without wigging them out, of course).

Let's get to the honorable wedding puppers and kittehs (and whatever other animals y'all love!)…

I am planning a pre-invitation survey to get a guest list headcount. Will this work?

I have been scouring all the posts and comments threads about RSVPs and guest lists, and haven't seen an answer to a tricky question. How do you deal with guest list ambiguity when you live in an extremely expensive area, 2/3 of your desired invites are from out of town, and venues require guaranteed minimums on catering?

Is it over okay to make a survey for your friends and family to gauge best-guesses for will they/won't theys for a wedding a year and a half or two years away?

Be blown away by this wine country destination wedding itinerary (Part 2!)

I'm continuing the lineup of amazing wedding events you can plan for a destination wine country wedding in Sonoma County, California. If you missed part one, it's here! Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience including some farm and winery tours, a pit stop for some soft serve, an outdoor boudoir session, cheese tastings, and of course, the main wedding event.

This Sonoma County destination wedding itinerary will have you scrambling to plan a wine country wedding (Part 1!)

I was ultra lucky to be included on a destination wedding tour of Sonoma County in Northern California to show us all of the reasons why a wine country wedding can be the swankiest, most immersive, and totally customizable wedding weekend experience. Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience that you can totally steal for your own destination wedding. If you particularly love some elements in this itinerary, the amazing all-inclusive wedding planning team at Off The Beaten Path Weddings can hook you up with it.
Let's take a peek at part one of a STELLAR wedding weekend itinerary in Sonoma County, California…

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These quotes about marriage will get you thinking about life after the wedding

Getting married is a big deal, and not only because it’s a ceremony to plan. If you start to think bigger than the actual day and what the price tag on your wedding will be, marriage is always the most important part. Before you jump into getting married or even if you’re already engaged, it’s a good idea to read some enlightening quotes about marriage and meditate on what they mean to you and your partner. Though they may not all apply to you and your situation, they’ll likely make your view of marriage just a little bit more informed, which will help you decide if it’s right for you or not…

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Eat 'em or take 'em: these s'mores wedding favors are a gooey gift guests will devour

S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.

Here's how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael's Weddings™…

Lush florals go ring-shaped with this DIY floral hoop backdrop

I love a good hoop bouquet, but those handy floral hoops can be used for more than just a great alternative bouquet. I've created a series of hoops flowing with greenery and flora that can be used a wedding ceremony backdrop, reception decor, or even a place card holder.

With this DIY floral hoop backdrop, you can add as many floral picks as you like to make it as lush as you can imagine. Artificial flowers let you create a backdrop that can go from wedding to living room permanently. It's the beauty of realistic artificial flowers!

Here are the steps to go from a simple hoop to intricate backdrop in no time…

In case of dementor attack, you'll need this Harry Potter wedding favor

If you're a Potterphile, you know that chocolate bars have their own powers of soothing you after a dementor attack. So at a wedding with Harry Potter details (where a dementor could prey, naturally!), why not offer up some DIY Harry Potter wedding favors that will do the job nicely. Plus, it only takes some inexpensive chocolate bars, some printer paper, and a printable chocolate bar wrapper.

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Here's why rose gold rings are becoming our OBSESSION

If you've been on the hunt for an engagement ring or wedding bands, you may have noticed how wildly popular custom rose gold rings have become. It's been gaining popularity for some time now and I'm pretty sure they've entered the pantheon of classics. And we couldn't be MORE into it. I decided to do some digging into one of my favorite places to ogle the jewelry goods, our loooongtime jewelry vendor pals, Joseph Jewelry. You can never go wrong when you're online shopping with artisans who custom create designs where you can literally create ANYTHING you can dream up.

Eat 'em or take 'em: these s'mores wedding favors are a gooey gift guests will devour

S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.

Here's how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael's Weddings™…

5 weddings that prove LA's Rawtography excels at stunning wedding photography and video

If there was ever a photo and video team who keeps us googly-eyed at the weddings they send our way, it's the LA-based superstars of Rawtography. They've captured some truly stunning offbeat weddings including one of the most amazing goth weddings, a natural history event complete with volcano, a wedding at the Houdini Estate, a Muppet extravaganza at Jim Henson Studios, and the incredible seafoam circus wedding of Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver-Van Dyke. Yep, THAT Dick Van Dyke.

Here are some of their favorite weddings (that are now ours', too!)…

Professor gets ordained online to perform wedding for former students, on national TV

When Melissa Curie and Dotan Schips decided to tie the knot, they asked their former college professor and American Marriage Ministries (AMM) minister Florence Hunt to officiate the ceremony. While most weddings are more intimate affairs, this one was different. Melissa and Dotan invited millions of viewers to join in their experience. As part of its More Perfect Union series, CBS television cameras were on hand to capture the moment…

Recent Wedding 101

Planning tools 101: hotel block comparison chart

We launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets in Google Drive if you're the type to get down with spreadsheets like I am. Now we're sharing a chart that will help you compare hotel blocks if you're planning to provide that option to your guests. Hotel blocks allow you to block out some rooms and room rates to help guests grab a good deal on a hotel room.

Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That's right. Plan how you're going to plan.

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I bought a colored wedding dress and now everyone's mad! What should I do?

I come from a family of strict traditionalists when it comes to everything, especially weddings. I recently bought a peach wedding dress with no sleeves and expressed I wanted light blue hair and Converse to go with it. As you can imagine, things didn't go over well. When I try to stand up for my wedding choices, I'm shamed for it.

Please help!

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Wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and beyond

I'm compiling this list of wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in case you want to avoid holidays where family and friends might have conflicting events, holidays where vendors might be especially busy and/or expensive (think Valentine's Day for florists), or religious holidays where places might be closed or guests might have other plans.

Does this mean you CAN'T book your wedding for one of these days? Hell no!

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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