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Are virtual weddings legal? Plus a virtual wedding ceremony outline!

Virtual weddings aren't just for pandemic times. Are you an introvert? Virtual wedding. All your friends and family are abroad? Virtual wedding. Is your budget small, but your community large? Virtual wedding. They're legal in many states, and we've even got a virtual wedding ceremony outline for ya!

The perfect gender-neutral wedding playlist

Even in 2021, it's hard to find gender-neutral wedding songs, let alone a gender-neutral wedding playlist. The world is so binary, especially in the mainstream media. But you're on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and as such, you want/demand/hope for something that is a bit more unique. As a transhuman, I want to help others find ways to celebrate their love and commitment together, while not feeling awkward as your first dance song plays, singing about a gender that neither you nor your partner identify with!

My aggressively atheist non-religious wedding vows and ceremony script

Our wedding ceremony was admittedly what some might call “aggressively atheist,” and my bridesmaids noticed that a few people looked…surprised? I think those who didn’t know us especially well expected we would do what our own parents did and go with something more standard and semi-religious. We certainly are not in peoples faces about our atheism, but we wanted to be VERY clear about who we are and a wedding is a great time to make yourself known. Feel free to steal these atheist wedding vows!

Recent Wedding Porn

GROOM CROWN: for when your groom is a king

In the lead up to our wedding day, my groom Sammy and I sat watching The Witcher. Both of us agreed the king's crown was cool.

"You should wear a crown at the wedding!" I said, and Sammy laughed.

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YOU WEREN'T INVITED: Funny elopement announcements

Ok, so you did it: you knew there might be blowback or hurt feelings, but you decided to elope anyway because, well, elopements are awesome. Now you're married, and you're looking for elopement announcement ideas. That's cool! If you're looking for elopement wording, cute elopement cards, and funny elopement announcements, we're here for you.

Recent Real Weddings

Vintage-Inspired DIY Train Wedding

When their original venue canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lerin and Brian were left scrambling to look for a reception for their train wedding. Then, the Red Caboose Motel stepped up and offered the couple train cars to get ready in, and a large tent for their reception… Wait until you see how the bride walked down the aisle!

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Wedding theme: If Tim Burton & The Simpsons had a baby

Our wedding can best be described as if Tim Burton & The Simpsons had a baby. My husband and I are both extremely silly people, very much into pop culture and comedy, however we both are obsessed with the darker things in life; true crime, dark art, ghost stories and more.

Recent Advice

Are virtual weddings legal? Plus a virtual wedding ceremony outline!

Virtual weddings aren't just for pandemic times. Are you an introvert? Virtual wedding. All your friends and family are abroad? Virtual wedding. Is your budget small, but your community large? Virtual wedding. They're legal in many states, and we've even got a virtual wedding ceremony outline for ya!

The perfect gender-neutral wedding playlist

Even in 2021, it's hard to find gender-neutral wedding songs, let alone a gender-neutral wedding playlist. The world is so binary, especially in the mainstream media. But you're on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and as such, you want/demand/hope for something that is a bit more unique. As a transhuman, I want to help others find ways to celebrate their love and commitment together, while not feeling awkward as your first dance song plays, singing about a gender that neither you nor your partner identify with!

My aggressively atheist non-religious wedding vows and ceremony script

Our wedding ceremony was admittedly what some might call “aggressively atheist,” and my bridesmaids noticed that a few people looked…surprised? I think those who didn’t know us especially well expected we would do what our own parents did and go with something more standard and semi-religious. We certainly are not in peoples faces about our atheism, but we wanted to be VERY clear about who we are and a wedding is a great time to make yourself known. Feel free to steal these atheist wedding vows!

My daughter-in-law won't let me throw a bridal shower for her!

Hi! I'm a mother of the groom, and I've been so excited to throw my future daughter-in-law a bridal shower! I'm so excited to introduce her to my friends in a quieter environment, and just have some good old fashioned fun. But she says she wants no bridal shower… I think she's being really selfish. What should I do? -FMIL

Recent DIY

How to stream your wedding on Vimeo

Vimeo is known for its high-quality streaming (in full HD up to 4k!), which means your wedding live stream will be top notch and look badass. It also offers a customizable video player, auto-adjusts for different internet speeds, has password protection, and no viewer limits. But is it cheap and easy to use? Let's look at how to stream your wedding on Vimeo.

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How to live stream your wedding on Zoom in 2021

Having a wedding on Zoom seems pretty logical since it's become so popular and a lot of your friends and family might be using it. It offers up to 1,000 guests (up to 100 with the free version), live chat, and extended stream times if you opt for the pro version. You can even use your smartphone to stream without any fancy tech setups.

Recent Stuff we love

11 black wedding rings trending in 2021

Black wedding bands are definitely on-trend these days. They bring a darkly gothic vibe to your wedding jewelry, which makes them perfect for couples who lean towards the more grim end of the nontraditional spectrum. Ready to take a look at some of this year's hottest black wedding bands? Some of are cheap AF (like $200) and some of them are almost more art pieces than jewelry, up in the $30k range. 

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2021 unique wedding dress trends for Offbeat Brides

If you click an Etsy link here on the website, we can see which products get purchased. This is super fun because it means we can see what's trending with Offbeat Brides! And when it comes to unique wedding dresses for 2021? Y'all are ON FIRE. Let's take a look at some of the wedding dress trends that are hot AF with Offbeat Brides this year.

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2021 unique engagement ring trends for Offbeat Brides

Part of how Offbeat Bride is able to stay online is what's known as affiliate sales. This means that when we feature a product on the site, if you click the link, we get a small percentage of products you buy. We can't see who buys what, but we CAN see which products get purchased… and we LOVE seeing what's trending with Offbeat Bride readers!

These are the 10 most popular engagement rings with Offbeat Bride readers in 2021. Do you see yours?

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Are naked engagement photos a thing now?

We're about to head into engagement photo season. Insert the gauzy shots of couples smiling at each other, and the photos of folks holding hands in the park, with the engagement ring showing just so.

We've all seen a million of these poses. But what if you could get the photos you need for your save-the-date cards and social media engagement announcements, while also getting shots LIKE THIS?!

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Romantic vintage wedding dresses perfect for a backyard microwedding

If we know Offbeat Brides at all, we know that y'all adore all things vintage, and that's especially vintage-styled wedding fashion. Combine all that with a (totally healthy!) love of all things 1920s, Downton Abbey, Edwardian, Flapper, Gatsby, Titanic, and Victorian … and we know that some of you are going to flip over these dresses!

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14 gorgeous NO-STONE engagement rings

There are lots of reasons for wanting an engagement ring without a gemstone. Maybe you want a stone-free engagement ring because you're hard on jewelry. Maybe you want a no-stone engagement ring because you're just not into bling. Maybe you're a more understated, or minimal person.. Whatever the reason, we've rounded up 13 unique engagement rings without stones

Recent Wedding 101

Accessible weddings with less stress

Will your wedding be accessible? Maybe it should be, even if you and your partner don't have disabilities. Chances are good that someone in your wedding party or on your guest list does, even if it's not a visible disability. Let us share less-stress tricks for accessible weddings.

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I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I'm not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I'm already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

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9 hidden benefits of hiring a day-of coordinator (that I learned at my wedding!)

You're in the thick of wedding planning and it's starting to get hairy. Maybe you've hired an event planner, maybe a day-of coordinator, maybe a friend willing to lend a hand, or maybe you're going hard at it by yourself. If you're in the latter two camps, you may be thinking, "do I need to hire a day-of coordinator?"

Here are a few of the benefits, hidden and otherwise, that I discovered when I hired a day-of coordinator for my wedding…

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5 ways to save the planet (& your wallet!) while wedding planning

Trying to find sustainable solutions for an eco-friendly wedding isn't always easy, especially when you're on a budget and trying not to over-complicate things. But hosting an eco-conscious event doesn't have to be impossible. And making sustainable choices isn't just for tree-huggers.

Here are five Earth-friendly ideas that won't put any additional burden on your wallet or your special day…

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6 tips for making your wedding website useful AND stylish

Are you engaged? YAY! I have a feeling that a lot of you are thinking about wedding hashtags and websites and social media, oh my. Weddings are way more high tech these days and a wedding website is pretty standard fare now. Here's how to make yours great…

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