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How to mix timeless style with unique engagement ring settings with Brilliant Earth

When it comes to picking out a piece of jewelry you'll likely wear daily, for years, maybe for the rest of your life(!), it pays to take some time to find out what styles work for you. Your lifestyle, your fashion choices, your personal interests, your family history, your relationship with your partner… all of these can help you determine what kind of engagement ring you'll want to wear (or buy for your partner!).

The venue at this black & white pop art-themed wedding inspiration is SO FUN

What’s black, white and red all over? This amazing pop art-themed wedding inspiration at the Joshua Vides Chapel installation at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Using his signature black and white sketch motif, Vides converted 800 square feet of the Palms into this fun interactive art space he titled, "Til Death Do Us Part." Guests are welcome to participate in multiple ways including everything from taking photos for their social media to actually getting married in the space.

It was all about favorite foods & favorite people at this Perth wedding

Natalie never thought she'd get married. Then she met Chris while they were working as new lawyers and it all came together for them. They chose to skip a few traditions that didn't resonate with them like a bridal party or a first dance. All they wanted was a selection of awesome food and great company, and they achieved it. They kept it simple and chose all their favourite food vendors to provide nibbles for the night.

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The venue at this black & white pop art-themed wedding inspiration is SO FUN

What’s black, white and red all over? This amazing pop art-themed wedding inspiration at the Joshua Vides Chapel installation at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Using his signature black and white sketch motif, Vides converted 800 square feet of the Palms into this fun interactive art space he titled, "Til Death Do Us Part." Guests are welcome to participate in multiple ways including everything from taking photos for their social media to actually getting married in the space.

Two ladies, their pups, & a fall foliage meets football-themed engagement

Erica and Sabrina wanted to have a fun, outdoor feel to their Minneapolis engagement shoot. They love their two pups (Kali and Arlo) and they wanted to make sure they were included, too. The adventure included multiple locations and an homage to their favorite football teams, lots of fall foliage, and even more adorable romantic moments.

Vivid colors abound at this leather & acrylic wedding inspiration

This killer leather and acrylic wedding inspiration was inspired by holographic and neon decor seen at Coachella's art installations. With a mix of dark and light flowers and vivid colors, it was a seriously dynamic look. We were loving all the acrylic details. It was held at one of Detroit's newest venues, a restored original whiskey factory with natural light pouring in and an original antique bar found in an old Detroit mansion. This bride rocked her lucky leather jacket over a lace dress with floating appliqués. Don't miss the "fuck yeah" cake topper…

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 was all about favorite foods & favorite people at this Perth wedding

Natalie never thought she'd get married. Then she met Chris while they were working as new lawyers and it all came together for them. They chose to skip a few traditions that didn't resonate with them like a bridal party or a first dance. All they wanted was a selection of awesome food and great company, and they achieved it. They kept it simple and chose all their favourite food vendors to provide nibbles for the night.

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Flora & DIY magic at this garden brunch wedding at the Pond House Cafe in Connecticut

Allison's dress was a DIY effort: instead of finding her perfect wedding dress in a bridal shop, she thrifted and put two different pieces together for her unique garden-goddess wedding dress and completed the look wearing earrings and a necklace she borrowed from her mother. Allison's floral accessories were stunning, from her succulent flower crown to her cascading bouquet, which included cabbages! See the rest of this garden wedding…

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The stars aligned for this celestial wedding in Memphis

Chelsea and Brandon planned out every little detail of their intimate and celestial wedding in Memphis, from Chelsea's stunning gown embroidered with stars to the crystals topping the tables. She looked like the sun goddess herself, and the green and yellow of the florals and wedding party's attire gave the wedding both an earthy and ethereal feel. There were so many unique touches, and Chelsea and Brandon combined alternative with traditional to reflect the merging of their styles and of their love.

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This chic Brooklyn wedding had a tattoo artist & tarot reader

This chic boho Brooklyn wedding was a sight to behold within a gorgeous pre-WWI rope factory turned loft space. We're talking chill little enclaves with pillows and tulips, fab charcuterie trays, a huge ice sculpture, and waterfall greenery. At the reception, they had a tarot reader and a tattoo artist on hand to offer up seriously fun options (and loads of photo ops!).

Don't miss the bride's dress covered in a glittering celestial cape AND her sparkly reception mini dress. They're stunning.

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Authentic, realistic wedding vows recognizing the shadow self

"I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you…"

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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…

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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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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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How to mix timeless style with unique engagement ring settings with Brilliant Earth

When it comes to picking out a piece of jewelry you'll likely wear daily, for years, maybe for the rest of your life(!), it pays to take some time to find out what styles work for you. Your lifestyle, your fashion choices, your personal interests, your family history, your relationship with your partner… all of these can help you determine what kind of engagement ring you'll want to wear (or buy for your partner!).

West coast couples: hiring this inclusive & skilled wedding photo wizard will be the best decision yet

One of the OG wedding photographers who made their mark on the Offbeat Bride community is Seattle-based Jenny GG. Not only has she been capturing readers weddings for a DECADE, but we've even snagged her to capture some of our events in the past. She's so open-minded, so ultra skilled, and such a fantastic personality to be around, that hiring her is a no-brainer. You'll absolutely get the most intimate, artistic, authentic, and truly tear-jerking photos you could imagine.

These custom wedding sets prove that thinking about wedding bands ahead of time pays off

If you're thinking about what kind of engagement ring you want (or want to buy for someone else!), it might be worth it to think about your eventual wedding band, too. Why? Because you can create some truly gorgeous and unique wedding sets when you think ahead. We've partnered with Joseph Jewelry, maker of our most coveted rings, to share how you can custom create a wedding ring set that you'll adore. Because, really, you'll be wearing that set far longer than just that engagement ring.

Want to register for an adventure? Here's the perfect blend of an experience registry and a physical gift

Y'all know we are all about experience gifts instead of more stuff we don't need. That's why honeymoon registries, cash registries, and registering for experiences is one of the most flexible ways to receive wedding gifts you'll actually use. Instead of a toaster or a slow cooker, you can get parasailing in Bali. Instead of towels, you can have wine tasting in Italy. But sometimes your guests would rather get you something you can hold or that they can see you open. That's where this new kind of gift registry comes in…

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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. 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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