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

Allie and Cloie had their colorful and whimsical nuptials at Blumen Gardens in Sicamore, 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.

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.

Preorder the new book from Offbeat Bride's author, and enter to win a luxe Shitshow Survival Kit

Hey guys! It's me, Ariel — the author of Offbeat Bride. My new book, From Sh!tshow To Afterglow, publishes on July 21st. It's about how to rebound after loss, grief, and the other cruel crises life throws your way — basically, it's like Offbeat Bride, but for shitshows instead of weddings.

To encourage everyone to get their copies of Sh!tshow ordered now, my publisher is hosting a preorder sweepstakes, and I want one of you to win!

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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…

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

Allie and Cloie had their colorful and whimsical nuptials at Blumen Gardens in Sicamore, 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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Wait until you see the interactive puzzle game at this books & RPG wedding

Our wedding was VERY unapologetically us. I love books and reading, my husband loves D&D and roleplaying, and we both love puzzles and escape rooms — so our wedding encompassed all of it. Everywhere we could infuse a bit of flavor to fit these themes, we did. From my bridesmaid's book-bouquets and the groomsmen's d20 boutonnieres, to our wedding arch made of repurposed books, to the actual puzzles guests could solve.

A sweet elopement with positive energy (despite the bride not being able to see!)

There was no theme. We chose simple, light colors that would go well together. We had eight close family members there. My four-year-old was the flower girl. I dressed my four-year-old and nine-month-old in the same dress. The venue gave us two hours for the ceremony and pictures which I thought was a lot of time until I had trouble with my vision causing a 45-minute delay in start time. At the end of all that, I went down the aisle not being able to see.

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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…

Updated wedding registry etiquette

Wedding registries have changed, especially for Offbeat Brides, and wedding registry etiquette has also changed. Etiquette can help reduce the stress and strife that can come up around registries, though. Check out our practical tips.

Gender-neutral vow examples for everyone

Looking for a gender-neutral vow for your wedding? Gender-neutral vows can be as beautiful, romantic, funny, quirky, and inspiring as more traditional phrasings. Check out five examples from the Offbeat Bride community.

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Wedding dresses that cover your back and shoulders

"I have had issues with mild acne & severe keloid scarring, specific to my shoulders and back my entire life. I've been trying to find wedding dress styles that are short sleeve but offer back coverage. Can you help?"

…OH, CAN WE EVER!

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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.

Offbeat Bride: your source for wedding ideas and inclusive wedding planning

We've got bajillions of creative wedding ideas, DIY projects, and wedding advice to make planning your weird wedding easier and fun! What do you need to do today?

The new book from the author of Offbeat Bride

COMING THIS JULY: 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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