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A Maine camp wedding photobombed by the couple's doggo

Ollie is Leigh and Noah's rescue pup. Ollie can be an anxious dog, so the pair thought she would stay in the cabin for their Maine camp wedding festivities. But Ollie wouldn't stand for missing out on the fun. Who could blame Ollie for making an appearance after seeing the gorgeous style, cozy cottages, lakeside views, and twinkle lights. It was a camp wedding none could forget — rustic meets glam meets completely them.

Gaming hubs and a Cactuar toss at this eSports arena wedding

We had a very specific theme and vibe. Cynthia and I are huge nerds as we play a lot of games, watch anime, and read a lot of manga. We wanted our special day to reflect these interests and our planner, Two Perfect Events, helped us formulate what we wanted and generated awesome ideas. Since we've never been married before, this type of planning was completely foreign to us.

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So much edgy floral goodness at this urban art + distillery wedding inspiration

With a lacy black gown and accompanying crown, cranberry cocktails, a custom tailored burgundy wool suit (with an antique honeybee pin), wrought iron, floral, and candle details, and dramatic proteas all around, this edgy wedding inspiration is totally bad-ass and chic at the same time.

It all took place in Hartford, Connecticut at Hartford Flavor Co. (a unique artisan liqueur distillery) and Hog River Brewing Co. (a favorite local brewery). A hand-painted vegan leather jacket and towering black wedding cake are a few of the must-see details…

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Hot pink carnival meets rainbows & tulle at this Brooklyn vow renewal

This vow renewal inspiration with real couple Holly and Topher was inspired by a modern carnival and Holly's bright pink hair.They wore their pink wedding attire from their wedding day and custom coordinated the tablescape, florals, stationary, and cake to match it all and look AMAZING.

The pink dress and matching ombre jacket are going to slay you…

Recent Real Weddings

A Maine camp wedding photobombed by the couple's doggo

Ollie is Leigh and Noah's rescue pup. Ollie can be an anxious dog, so the pair thought she would stay in the cabin for their Maine camp wedding festivities. But Ollie wouldn't stand for missing out on the fun. Who could blame Ollie for making an appearance after seeing the gorgeous style, cozy cottages, lakeside views, and twinkle lights. It was a camp wedding none could forget — rustic meets glam meets completely them.

Gaming hubs and a Cactuar toss at this eSports arena wedding

We had a very specific theme and vibe. Cynthia and I are huge nerds as we play a lot of games, watch anime, and read a lot of manga. We wanted our special day to reflect these interests and our planner, Two Perfect Events, helped us formulate what we wanted and generated awesome ideas. Since we've never been married before, this type of planning was completely foreign to us.

Vibrant, whimsical, & vintage vibes abound at this Blumen Gardens wedding

Allie and Cloie had their colorful and whimsical nuptials at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois. They were officially declared as the summer’s best-dressed couple which you'll soon see. Hold on to your tiny, adorable hats… Allie, rocking a hot pink suit topped with a tiny floral fascinator, walked down the aisle with Cloie in her ethereal, vintage-inspired dress. Don't miss the lush green backdrop and vibrant flowers.

A chill & rustic California redwoods wedding with pups

We wanted to have backyard celebration with a chill, Sunday afternoon vibe gathered with all of our closest friends and family. Obviously, our backyard wasn't big enough, so we went to our other "backyard," a county park near where we live. The redwoods reminded us of our first dates, which consisted of many hikes amongst the redwoods.

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My biggest wedding regret: don't let someone else pay for your wedding!

It's for me to hard to look at my wedding photos, because of wedding regrets. I have many regrets, but my biggest golden kernel of advice to couples is this: Never, never EVER let someone else pay for your wedding.

Not if you're marrying a trust funder, not if your parents are insisting, not if you can't pay yourself. Save up your dollars and have an extended engagement, then use those cold hard Benjamins to have the wedding YOU want.

How to become a wedding planner, by an offbeat wedding planner

After planning a commitment ceremony for myself and seeing how difficult it was for gay weddings in 2010, I’ve been wanting to get involved and be a gay planner for several years. I can’t quit my day job while getting there though. But with all of this quarantine free time, I thought it would be good to start looking into it…

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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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Should you DIY wedding flowers? What to know before you say GO

It's way too easy to think, "It's just flowers. I can do thaaaat!" as a favorite florist once said… Possibly because she had heard brides say that before! …A lot. But you need to make sure you're ready for all that's involved when you DIY your wedding flowers.

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™…

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5 ways younger millennials & Gen Z are changing the wedding game

A few things we know about the next generations of couples: they're getting married later in life, deeply fear divorce, are less apprehensive about prenups, and are changing the wedding game in a lot more ways than just adding social media tags to their photos. Millennials and Generation Z (those born between the mid-'80s and 2000) are shaking up traditions in mindful ways that make a lot of sense. From microweddings to lab-created diamonds, let's see what changes we'll see in the coming decade…

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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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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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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.

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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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