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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.

Steal this idea: BOOM POW comic book wedding signs for guests

Offbeat Brides are always looking for ways to involve their wedding guests in the ceremony — well, OTHER than getting out their cell phones. If you're looking for guest participation ideas, we love this cute inspo from Christopher & Kevin's Batman vs. Mr. Freeze heroes and villains wedding: they passed out comic book inspired signs that said things like BOOM! POW! ZAMMM! that guests held up during the ceremony.

Our social justice and queer-themed wedding tables

Our wedding theme was to have a queer AF wedding that was hopefully as much a gift to the people we love as it was to us. Our wedding included a ceremony musical theater interlude, a Stevie Nicks-themed cocktail hour, bomb food, bomb dancing, homemade wedding cakes, and social justice and queer-themed tables. Here's how we did our queer-themed tables…

Is this the best gay wedding ceremony script ever?

When Ken and Joe got married in Allentown PA, one of their dearest friends officiated the ceremony and married us. Ken told us, "Kurt did such an awesome job and EVERYONE was blown away by his speech. He may have had more people congratulate him on a job well done than we got for getting married." Now we're sharing a selection of their wedding ceremony script with you…

Alternative veils for nontraditional brides

As a woman with chronic illness, I currently have patches of hair missing, and I am uncertain whether or not they will fully grow back in before my wedding. So I began trying to think more outside the box for my veil…

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 Offbeat Weddings

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!"

LA couple ditches California for Italian elopement

After starting to look into a large wedding in California wine country that rapidly ballooned in guest count and price, Lianne and Dan actually did what a lot of couples consider when confronted with so much wedding planning stress: they eloped instead. Way before micro-weddings were our new normal, Lianne and Dan invited about thirty of their closest friends to join them at Villa del Balbianello on Lago di Como in Italy.

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How to have a romantic polyamorous triad wedding

David, Jolene, and Stephani had their polyamorous triad wedding in Austin, TX. The three partners have been together for six years, functioning as an open triad. The wedding was a celebration of their ideals, with a very special first look and a carefully designed ceremony…. And lots of butt grabbing!

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Steal this idea: BOOM POW comic book wedding signs for guests

Offbeat Brides are always looking for ways to involve their wedding guests in the ceremony — well, OTHER than getting out their cell phones. If you're looking for guest participation ideas, we love this cute inspo from Christopher & Kevin's Batman vs. Mr. Freeze heroes and villains wedding: they passed out comic book inspired signs that said things like BOOM! POW! ZAMMM! that guests held up during the ceremony.

Our social justice and queer-themed wedding tables

Our wedding theme was to have a queer AF wedding that was hopefully as much a gift to the people we love as it was to us. Our wedding included a ceremony musical theater interlude, a Stevie Nicks-themed cocktail hour, bomb food, bomb dancing, homemade wedding cakes, and social justice and queer-themed tables. Here's how we did our queer-themed tables…

Is this the best gay wedding ceremony script ever?

When Ken and Joe got married in Allentown PA, one of their dearest friends officiated the ceremony and married us. Ken told us, "Kurt did such an awesome job and EVERYONE was blown away by his speech. He may have had more people congratulate him on a job well done than we got for getting married." Now we're sharing a selection of their wedding ceremony script with you…

Alternative veils for nontraditional brides

As a woman with chronic illness, I currently have patches of hair missing, and I am uncertain whether or not they will fully grow back in before my wedding. So I began trying to think more outside the box for my veil…

Commiseration for the depressed bride, because not everyone likes planning a wedding

Maybe you thought wedding planning would feel like a unicorn showing up and shooting glitter out of its butt, but instead you're barely able to get out of bed and there's no unicorns or glitter butts to be seen. Maybe instead of feeling happy about your engagement, you're feeling freaked out, bummed, or just plain ol' depressed.

I don't know what depressed bride needs to hear this today, but you're not alone.

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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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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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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 [Updated for 2021!]

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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