New book from the author of Offbeat Bride

DOES YOUR LIFE FEEL LIKE A TOTAL SHITSHOW!?
Filled with raw, personal stories and practical, research-backed advice, From Sh!tshow To Afterglow will help you overcome personal trauma through creative self-development. Read a free chapter, or buy the book from Amazon, Audible, or your local bookseller. PS: I believe in you.Ariel

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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.

Our pagan wedding handfasting ceremony script

For those of you looking for some pagan wedding vows and ideas, I wanted to share my handfasting ceremony script. It includes introducing the handfasting ritual, a reading, pledges from family and friends, a ring-warming ceremony, and more!

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.

Should wedding announcements mention a gift registry?

My son and daughter in-law got married in a civil ceremony in a very unusual way due to Covid restrictions. We haven't been able to have any social gathering to celebrate the wedding nor made any of the traditional wedding announcements etc. How can we send this out and incorporate a wedding registry while being tactful and with proper etiquette?

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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.

We are shooketh by this sunlit forest elopement in Cougal Cascades

Sharon and Bryan's intimate forest elopement had us gob-smacked by the scenery, the golden hour, the romantic moments, and the sheer magnitude of the beauty of this couple and this environment. We are still shook. It took place at Cougal Cascades in Queensland, Australia, and had subtle Twilight wedding vibes with that dress and those epic trees. We just need a little of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" and we'll be ready to sob…

After 25 years and a second chance at life, this silver wedding anniversary in Paris is sublime

It was love at first sight at the supermarket in 1991 in the Netherlands. We got married on August 24, 1994. 25 years later we decided to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary in Paris for a few reasons. Firstly, being grateful for 25 years of married life. In 2018, my husband had a brain hemorrhage and we are grateful for his second chance in life. And we were extremely happy to invite our best friends forever who were our bridesmaids and groomsmen at our wedding 25 years ago to celebrate it with us in the most romantic city in the world — Paris.

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These gamers rocked a music festival playlist vibe (& a Bioshock-themed first look!)

The theme was largely based on our mutual love of music and the love we have for our city, with a healthy amount of gamer touches. Our wedding website is themed after a festival website. My husband modeled our invite off of a vintage Beatles ticket. I decided that I was going to do a first look surprise and walk out to him a handmade Big Daddy head from Bioshock. Shout out to cosplayers because that was by far the most time consuming and stressful thing I ever made. Worth it.

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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.

Our pagan wedding handfasting ceremony script

For those of you looking for some pagan wedding vows and ideas, I wanted to share my handfasting ceremony script. It includes introducing the handfasting ritual, a reading, pledges from family and friends, a ring-warming ceremony, and more!

Should wedding announcements mention a gift registry?

My son and daughter in-law got married in a civil ceremony in a very unusual way due to Covid restrictions. We haven't been able to have any social gathering to celebrate the wedding nor made any of the traditional wedding announcements etc. How can we send this out and incorporate a wedding registry while being tactful and with proper etiquette?

Vow examples: His & Hers

SIMPLY PUT, I VOW THAT I CHOOSE YOU. To stand by your side and sleep in your arms. To be joy for your heart and food for your soul. To learn with you and grow with you, even as time and life change us both. I promise to laugh with you in good times and struggle alongside you in bad times.

A dress shop worker's tips on how to get a better deal on your wedding dress

I'm a retail worker in the bridal industry in Australia, and I'm also a bride myself. Everyone wants a better deal on their dress, and for those of you shopping at brick and mortar dress shops, I wanted to offer some tips about how to talk to retail workers if you want to negotiate the price of your wedding dress down… from someone who works in the industry and knows. 

Don't tell my boss, but I want you to get a better deal! 

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8 ways to rock your wedding greenery

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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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Offbeat Bride trends: Floral veils, balsa wood bouquets, geeky engagement rings, and gorgeous dresses

Most of y'all probably know that part of how Offbeat Bride stays online is with help from affiliate sales, right? This means that if you click a link on our site to spots like Etsy, Nordstrom, or Amazon, we may get a small percentage of sales that come from your click.

Where it gets funny is that we can see what you buy! Now, we can't see WHO bought, what so your privacy is safe… but based y'all's purchases these days, we're starting to sense some Offbeat Bride wedding trends for the year. Let's take a peek…

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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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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

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The new book from the author of Offbeat Bride

From Sh!tshow To Afterglow

The new book from Offbeat Bride author Ariel Meadow Stallings is here to hold your hand while you cry, and then help you put your life back together.

Filled with unfiltered, personal stories and practical, research-backed advice, Sh!tshow is here to help you overcome personal trauma with creative self-development.

Let’s make this the best worst time of your life!

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