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A quirky time travel transgender lesbian wedding

Time travel embraces change and innovation… that makes it the perfect wedding theme for these two. Jenn is a proud trans woman, an activist, a gamer geek, an IT professional, and an improv actor. Bree is a proud lesbian, a mom of two, a teacher of many, and a body positivity advocate.

Wedding planning for introverts with no local friends or family

If you're an introvert who feels like you don't have any friends, wondering how are you're supposed to navigate all those "friend" events like bachelorette parties and bridal showers… Just know that you're not as alone as you feel. I went through the same thing, and it was incredibly painful. This is my story, and what I learned from it.

Offbeat plus-size wedding dresses for your 2021 wedding

If you're getting married in 2021, there's a decent chance that you actually wanted to get married last year, and had to delay. You may have already picked your dress out, or you may be on the hunt for the perfect plus-size wedding dress from a dressmaker who really gets inclusive sizing. So for all of us scrambling to get married after the shitshow that was 2020, I'm rounding up some of the best plus-size wedding dresses I've seen so far this year. And because this is Offbeat Bride, you'll find lots of bold colors and design elements like separates, embroidery, high-low hems, gothic vibes, and more!

Bridal body autonomy: My body is none of your business

…I looked at my mother and calmly but firmly said something along the lines of: "I am well aware of what my body looks like. I need you to not talk to me about this anymore. I don't talk to you about your body. My body is not any of your business, only mine, so please don't bring it up again."

Thinking of having a grandma flowergirl?

Back in 2017, we were one of the first to talk about couples having grandmothers act as their flowergirls! It was the cutest fucking thing. Since then, the idea has been used many times and gotten a lot of mainstream attention. We've even seen a wedding with a grandma flower girl who had a cash cannon — she "made it rain" as she rolled down the aisle in her wheelchair! If you're thinking of having a grandma flower girl, we're here with some suggestions to make her feel like the most fabulous flower girl of ALL TIME.

Recent Wedding Inspo

Is this the best undercut wedding hairstyle OF ALL TIME!?

Today we're here to talk about one very specific thing, and that very specific thing is this amazing undercut wedding hairstyle, rocked by Anna at her Jewish-Mexican wedding in Oxford, England. Anna's asymmetrical undercut wedding hair is impeccably styled, so let's take a look at it from every possible angle.

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 [Updated for 2021!]

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 Offbeat Weddings

A quirky time travel transgender lesbian wedding

Time travel embraces change and innovation… that makes it the perfect wedding theme for these two. Jenn is a proud trans woman, an activist, a gamer geek, an IT professional, and an improv actor. Bree is a proud lesbian, a mom of two, a teacher of many, and a body positivity advocate.

Pagan polyamorous gender-nonconforming wedding

We got married at sunset, on Friday the 13th, in our backyard. It was a pagan handfasting ceremony that was heavily influenced by our personal interests. We are both gender non-conforming, so we removed all gendered language/traditions.

Pumpkins & Prosecco at this laid-back Samhain wedding

Karen and Liam got married in Ireland fall of 2019. They had a blended family ceremony, with their 13-year-old son singing and Karen breastfeeding her 10-month-old while getting ready. Karen also rocked her bald look, and when listing her wedding vendors, she noted, "Hair: N/A!"

Recent Advice

Wedding planning for introverts with no local friends or family

If you're an introvert who feels like you don't have any friends, wondering how are you're supposed to navigate all those "friend" events like bachelorette parties and bridal showers… Just know that you're not as alone as you feel. I went through the same thing, and it was incredibly painful. This is my story, and what I learned from it.

Offbeat plus-size wedding dresses for your 2021 wedding

If you're getting married in 2021, there's a decent chance that you actually wanted to get married last year, and had to delay. You may have already picked your dress out, or you may be on the hunt for the perfect plus-size wedding dress from a dressmaker who really gets inclusive sizing. So for all of us scrambling to get married after the shitshow that was 2020, I'm rounding up some of the best plus-size wedding dresses I've seen so far this year. And because this is Offbeat Bride, you'll find lots of bold colors and design elements like separates, embroidery, high-low hems, gothic vibes, and more!

Thinking of having a grandma flowergirl?

Back in 2017, we were one of the first to talk about couples having grandmothers act as their flowergirls! It was the cutest fucking thing. Since then, the idea has been used many times and gotten a lot of mainstream attention. We've even seen a wedding with a grandma flower girl who had a cash cannon — she "made it rain" as she rolled down the aisle in her wheelchair! If you're thinking of having a grandma flower girl, we're here with some suggestions to make her feel like the most fabulous flower girl of ALL TIME.

Are you requiring wedding guests to be vaccinated? (Invitation wording examples!)

I am so excited to be getting married next June, and being a person who loves to plan thoroughly and early, my plans are well underway. Being in the process of finalizing guest list, writing invitations, and editing my wedding website over and over again, a big piece of wording I have really focused on is how to ask (or in my case tell in the clearest and most polite way possible) my guests to be vaccinated.

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.

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Offbeat plus-size wedding dresses for your 2021 wedding

If you're getting married in 2021, there's a decent chance that you actually wanted to get married last year, and had to delay. You may have already picked your dress out, or you may be on the hunt for the perfect plus-size wedding dress from a dressmaker who really gets inclusive sizing. So for all of us scrambling to get married after the shitshow that was 2020, I'm rounding up some of the best plus-size wedding dresses I've seen so far this year. And because this is Offbeat Bride, you'll find lots of bold colors and design elements like separates, embroidery, high-low hems, gothic vibes, and more!

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!

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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