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A whimsical & intimate pop culture wedding in Chicago? As you wish

Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor got married! Catherine and her husband Steven share a ton of geeky and pop culture interests so it made sense to infuse fun references, soundtrack themes, and fandom homages into their whimsical, pop culture-themed wedding in Chicago. It was held at a West Loop venue with a feast, an ice cream cart, a Hogwarts Great Hall photo booth, and dancing awkwardly into the night.

Don't miss the bride's custom dyed ombre unicorn dress!

A New York confectionery wedding with smoke bombs, viking horns, & a haunted paintball field

Tara and Mike decided to do something more industrial-themed for their New York wedding. They brewed large batches of mead (Tara makes the most incredible mead) for their wedding and anniversaries to come.

The day itself was incredible. Think smoke bombs, dinosaurs, haunted hay paintball fields, drinking horns, an epic groom’s cake of Cthulhu rising from the abyss with miniatures, and so much more.

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Your boho dream dress might be one of these gorgeous creations

If you're having anxiety about stepping into a big bridal store, you may want to hear about these amazing custom dress creations by Martin McCrea Wedding Dresses. All of their gowns are original designs, handmade at their studio in Arizona by the most talented artisan seamstresses. Every time they send us a new gown to look at, we SWOON.

Here are a few of our very favorite Martin McCrea styles to peruse. Let's get to shopping…

If these aren't the dreamiest Paris engagement photos, I'll eat my chapeau

Engagement goals: "Isaac learned how to ride a bike earlier this year for the first time. He learned because he knew that I wanted to ride bikes together through the city. He actually bought a bike and started practicing every afternoon so he could be ready to bike with me for our trip, it was super sweet and thoughtful. So the afternoon we spent biking around the city was definitely a highlight."

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If these aren't the dreamiest Paris engagement photos, I'll eat my chapeau

Engagement goals: "Isaac learned how to ride a bike earlier this year for the first time. He learned because he knew that I wanted to ride bikes together through the city. He actually bought a bike and started practicing every afternoon so he could be ready to bike with me for our trip, it was super sweet and thoughtful. So the afternoon we spent biking around the city was definitely a highlight."

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It's Hades & Persephone in this Greek myth-inspired underworld wedding inspiration

We are loving this Greek underworld-inspired wedding inspiration for the mythology lover in all of us. Real-life couple Tonya and Jessie were inspired by the god and goddess Hades and Persephone of the underworld with The Fates in attendance as flower girls.

Don't miss the black and red dress with red crystal crown (Persephone was queen of the underworld, after all!), florals with deep roses, dark leaves, and hints of forbidden fruit, and the huge and amazing goth chic cake.

Funko fans: get ready to lose your cool when you see this Funko headquarters engagement shoot

Tannah and Nic collect Funko toys and wanted to do have their engagement shoot at the Funko headquarters in Everett, Washington. It's super colorful, full of literally larger-than-life vinyl toy figures that are super popular, and just a really awesome backdrop for photos.

It was especially fun for them to let off some steam at a more casual setting for their engagement since their wedding will skew a bit more formal. Oh, and don't miss the making of the cake toppers!

A magical frozen waterfall engagement shoot in the Poconos

September and Tulia braved the cold and icy landscapes to have their engagement photos captured in a truly magical winter setting. they started their woolie-clad hike at an incredible frozen waterfall in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and ended in a forest for more adorable shots. Engagement photos don't have to take place in the spring and summer. Winter engagement photos are some of our very favorites AND they got to rock adorable beanies. Bonus. Let's peek at these two engaged cuties…

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A whimsical & intimate pop culture wedding in Chicago? As you wish

Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor got married! Catherine and her husband Steven share a ton of geeky and pop culture interests so it made sense to infuse fun references, soundtrack themes, and fandom homages into their whimsical, pop culture-themed wedding in Chicago. It was held at a West Loop venue with a feast, an ice cream cart, a Hogwarts Great Hall photo booth, and dancing awkwardly into the night.

Don't miss the bride's custom dyed ombre unicorn dress!

A New York confectionery wedding with smoke bombs, viking horns, & a haunted paintball field

Tara and Mike decided to do something more industrial-themed for their New York wedding. They brewed large batches of mead (Tara makes the most incredible mead) for their wedding and anniversaries to come.

The day itself was incredible. Think smoke bombs, dinosaurs, haunted hay paintball fields, drinking horns, an epic groom’s cake of Cthulhu rising from the abyss with miniatures, and so much more.

A stunning riverside wedding on a cold November day in Connecticut

Ebony and Henry were married on a very cold Connecticut November day at the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station. But the sun was shining and their sweet first look warmed us all up. Their reception was covered in sparkles, purple accents, antique books, and delicious treats.

Don't miss the rustic birch-inspired cake, succulent placecards/favors and the very fun chalkboard guest book.

Sons of Anarchy chic meets modern warehouse at this gorgeous rustic glam wedding

Torrential downpours in San Diego didn’t stop Katie and Mike from having one hell of a wedding. Green Acres’ glass building was a gorgeous industrial meets rustic indoor space. They described their wedding as Sons of Anarchy chic meets farmhouse vibes meets modern warehouse. And just wait until you see the dessert table that had amazing donuts.

Don't miss Katie's first dance with her son…

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Mission to not plan my wedding: Success

Maybe you are one of the dreamy people who has looked forward to your wedding your whole life, knowing exactly what you'd look like and how'd you feel on the most special of your days. It is safe to say that you are most likely not like me, because I think I broke the record for most laid-back bride, and the time I spent planning the wedding was barely, if at all, more time than the duration of the wedding itself. Here's how I did it…

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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…

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…

"Is it okay to email my wedding invites?" Yep, and here's why it's awesome

The time to hem and haw about whether it's okay to email your wedding invitations is over. It's totally okay! Couples are aiming for more eco-friendly wedding choices and even your older relatives are probably even rocking smartphones or at least have internet access. The benefits of digital invitations are huge and you don't have to feel bad taking advantage of them.

Here are six reasons why online wedding invitations are awesome…

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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™…

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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…

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Your boho dream dress might be one of these gorgeous creations

If you're having anxiety about stepping into a big bridal store, you may want to hear about these amazing custom dress creations by Martin McCrea Wedding Dresses. All of their gowns are original designs, handmade at their studio in Arizona by the most talented artisan seamstresses. Every time they send us a new gown to look at, we SWOON.

Here are a few of our very favorite Martin McCrea styles to peruse. Let's get to shopping…

Authentic candids & intimate moments: this California wedding photographer is a rare talent (with a special offer for you!)

When we met Kate of Katherine Elyse Photography, it was love at first meeting. Her imagery was immaculate, but her spirit was what really drew us in. She's a pro at capturing offbeat and authentic weddings and we felt instantly that we had to let our readers in on her expertise and drive. She's shot over 200 weddings over ten years and still loves every minute of it, too.

Let's learn a bit more about this California-based wedding photographer who manages to translate stories of love into visual imagery that wows us…

If you want stunning throwback wedding style, you MUST see this line of vintage wedding dresses

We have been loving short and cocktail-length wedding dress styles since our site launched. They channel the 1940s to 1960s in all kinds of amazing, vintage ways. And fabulous dress designers, House of Mooshki, are PROS at channeling those vintage vibes. From delicate lacy sleeves and full cocktail skirts to color underlays and beautiful embroidery, they are able to capture a moment in time that will up the ante on your whole wedding look. Learn more about their upcoming U.S. trunk shows!

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Not your father's wedding ring: amazing one-of-a-kind wedding bands

Once upon a time, folks who wanted a wedding band were often stuck with the same old thing: plain bands in the usual metals. Now, we're all about simplicity, but sometimes you want something that really stands out and represents you. And when you're buying online from artisans who can custom create anything you want? This is NOT your father's wedding ring anymore…

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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…

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. When I got engaged in 2018, I went on a hunt for a really slick wedding website and have a few quick hit tips to share to make your wedding website both ultra useful and seriously captivating.

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