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How to avoid your email save-the-date going to spam

My partner and I decided to send out email save-the-dates instead of a physical card. I do, however, have a warning for you if you are planning on going the green route with your save-the-date by sending out electronic ones. If you send an email with an image, you may hit your guests' spam folders. Here are some pros and cons of going green with your save-the-dates and how you can avoid your save-the-date going to spam…

This pair got married in the same room at the groom's parents… 37 years later!

We got married in the same room in the same building (Moat Room, Harrow Registry Office) as my parents, with the same registered home address. The only difference: the two weddings were 37 years apart! The wedding reception was held on the largest boat on the River Thames, the Dixie Queen, that included the opening of Tower Bridge. We also had a nine-tier cake!

Totally custom & sustainable wedding rings? Oh it's possible and easy with W.R. Metalarts

Y'all know I love when readers of Offbeat Bride are also vendor partners with Offbeat Bride. Such is the case with husband and wife custom wedding and engagement ring artisans Will Alderfer and Rosie Nevins-Alderfer. They have created over 200(!) custom wedding rings through their custom jewelry business, W.R. Metalarts and I can't get enough of ogling their creations. Plus, their rustic style, gender-neutral options, and sustainable practices totally fit our M.O.

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Get ready to lose you shit after seeing this Rocky Mountain radish realness wedding

I wanted to get married in mountains with my closest friends and family there to celebrate with us. I wanted a dress with lots of colour and floral print, and after much searching I found the most amazing gown — huge green leaves, purple hydrangeas, and radishes (yes you read that right — radishes!). I based my colour palette on the dress, having flowers match the floral print, white decor, and of course, adding radishes to my cake and flowers.

A Biltmore Estate library-inspired wedding with lots of BATMAN

Mallory and William have made it a tradition to visit The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., each Christmas, enjoying the decorations and ambiance a few hours away from their home of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Last year, they went to the Christmas tree in front of the mansion, and William proposed…

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A same-sex Labyrinth-inspired wedding shoot that moves the stars for no one

The power of voodoo! This Labyrinth wedding inspiration shoot combines the fantasy of a fairyland wedding with the reality of an English Tudor castle backdrop. Florals with glass globes and touches of ultra-violet, a gingerbread maze wedding cake, a modern take on Sarah's fantasy ball gown, styling with owl feathers, clocks, and masks, as well as bubbling custom cocktails inspired by the bog of eternal stench.

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Some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find

We love the wedding community on Instagram and how it's grown to be a place to find vendors, like-minded couples, and endless inspiration… even for us offbeat and alternative types! There are WAY too many amazing accounts to list here, but I decided to go digging to see who's still rockin' it, who's new and hypable, and share some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find.

Anatomy meets embroidery at this creepy-stylish and moody wedding inspiration

If you're on the hunt for sorta creepy, sorta Halloween-inspired, blood red anatomy meets science, this moody wedding inspiration is for you. I've been trickling in some dark and fun Halloween weddings lately and this one slid right in like buttah. What I especially love about this shoot is the fabulous lighting, the tres elegant styling paired with some offbeat touches, and of course, the embroidery!

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Blue hair, brocade, & anatomical hearts at this Ireland goth wedding inspiration

It's September which means that it's totally Halloween season! You might think it's too early, but this Ireland goth wedding inspiration says otherwise. We're totally prepared to bask in the skull decor, deep red drinks, gold on black stationery, anatomical hearts, and an eerily gorgeous cake. Don't miss these two gorgeous people sporting blue hair, stunning makeup, a black corset, and a silver brocade coat.

An intimate cocktail bar and a nearby forest served as the backdrops for this shoot and it's getting us in that spooky mood we love…

14 offbeat floral ties in skull print, watercolors, mosaics, and more

Floral ties are all the rage right now and you and/or your partner might be looking for a way to offbeat-ize the look. Flowers are fun in all kinds of formats, ties included. Plus, ties work on anyone getting married (groom, bride, or otherwise), so don't let the trend limit what you think you can wear.

Here are a few alternative and offbeat floral ties to try out to get the look you're going for including mosaic flowers, dark and chic flowers, hand-painted prints, lace florals, skulls, and even banana leaves…

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This pair got married in the same room at the groom's parents… 37 years later!

We got married in the same room in the same building (Moat Room, Harrow Registry Office) as my parents, with the same registered home address. The only difference: the two weddings were 37 years apart! The wedding reception was held on the largest boat on the River Thames, the Dixie Queen, that included the opening of Tower Bridge. We also had a nine-tier cake!

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Get ready to lose you shit after seeing this Rocky Mountain radish realness wedding

I wanted to get married in mountains with my closest friends and family there to celebrate with us. I wanted a dress with lots of colour and floral print, and after much searching I found the most amazing gown — huge green leaves, purple hydrangeas, and radishes (yes you read that right — radishes!). I based my colour palette on the dress, having flowers match the floral print, white decor, and of course, adding radishes to my cake and flowers.

A Biltmore Estate library-inspired wedding with lots of BATMAN

Mallory and William have made it a tradition to visit The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., each Christmas, enjoying the decorations and ambiance a few hours away from their home of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Last year, they went to the Christmas tree in front of the mansion, and William proposed…

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Love + intention: a Wiccan park wedding with a breastfeeding baby as the "bouquet"

I’m a witch, my husband is not. He knows now after being with me this long that I care a great deal about ritual, intention, and love. So, we set out to do everything by hand. We braided our own handfasting rope, we decorated our broom together, we brewed mead together, we painted and created our whole twelve (12!) invitations together. During anything we did, we lit a red candle, and we would hush to each other about love. We would declare our intent.

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How to avoid your email save-the-date going to spam

My partner and I decided to send out email save-the-dates instead of a physical card. I do, however, have a warning for you if you are planning on going the green route with your save-the-date by sending out electronic ones. If you send an email with an image, you may hit your guests' spam folders. Here are some pros and cons of going green with your save-the-dates and how you can avoid your save-the-date going to spam…

7 fur-tastic ways to include your pet in the wedding day

Like all of us who follow famous animals on Instagram, I love seeing your ring dogs, cat save-the-dates, and guinea pig cake toppers. But are there MORE ways to include your pet in the wedding day? I decided to see what was new in the realm of wedding pets. And there was! I saw so many adorable ways to add some pet fur to your day (without wigging them out, of course).

Let's get to the honorable wedding puppers and kittehs (and whatever other animals y'all love!)…

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I am planning a pre-invitation survey to get a guest list headcount. Will this work?

I have been scouring all the posts and comments threads about RSVPs and guest lists, and haven't seen an answer to a tricky question. How do you deal with guest list ambiguity when you live in an extremely expensive area, 2/3 of your desired invites are from out of town, and venues require guaranteed minimums on catering?

Is it over okay to make a survey for your friends and family to gauge best-guesses for will they/won't theys for a wedding a year and a half or two years away?

Be blown away by this wine country destination wedding itinerary (Part 2!)

I'm continuing the lineup of amazing wedding events you can plan for a destination wine country wedding in Sonoma County, California. If you missed part one, it's here! Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience including some farm and winery tours, a pit stop for some soft serve, an outdoor boudoir session, cheese tastings, and of course, the main wedding event.

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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™…

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…

In case of dementor attack, you'll need this Harry Potter wedding favor

If you're a Potterphile, you know that chocolate bars have their own powers of soothing you after a dementor attack. So at a wedding with Harry Potter details (where a dementor could prey, naturally!), why not offer up some DIY Harry Potter wedding favors that will do the job nicely. Plus, it only takes some inexpensive chocolate bars, some printer paper, and a printable chocolate bar wrapper.

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Totally custom & sustainable wedding rings? Oh it's possible and easy with W.R. Metalarts

Y'all know I love when readers of Offbeat Bride are also vendor partners with Offbeat Bride. Such is the case with husband and wife custom wedding and engagement ring artisans Will Alderfer and Rosie Nevins-Alderfer. They have created over 200(!) custom wedding rings through their custom jewelry business, W.R. Metalarts and I can't get enough of ogling their creations. Plus, their rustic style, gender-neutral options, and sustainable practices totally fit our M.O.

Chicago has a lot of wedding venues, but NONE are anything like this one

There are very few wedding venues in Chicago which make me think of our kick-ass readers more than Catalyst Ranch. If you've ever seen the versatile, colorful, and totally unique space in person, you'd see how much personality a wedding venue can add to your wedding. Situated in the trendy, industrial neighborhood of the West Loop, Catalyst Ranch is a breath of fresh air among plain venues.

A chat with offbeat wedding planning, Mama Hen organizing genius, Maven Macaw Events

When you're scoping out the selection of vendors for your offbeat wedding, there's one sign that ensures you're dealing with someone who knows how it goes… when they themselves had an offbeat wedding! That's definitely the case with our girl Beca Oliveira at Maven Macaw Events. So when we wanted to catch up with her to see how her amazing clients were rocking their weddings (with her pro guidance, natch!), we got the tea.

Which of these stunning types of wedding bands would your partner rock? (pun intended)

When choosing your wedding bands, there are a TON of choices, and you don't at all have to choose something traditional. Whether you're shopping for your partner, for all of your rings, or for yourself, there's a wedding band to fit your personality.

We did some deep-diving and found three of our favorite types of rings and exactly who could ROCK them, pun intended…

How do you get that flawless, natural wedding makeup look? This makeup line is changing the game

One thing we definitely know about readers of Offbeat Bride: they run the gamut when it comes to the "rules" of wedding makeup. Some go the traditional route of hiring a pro, some do it themselves, and some go totally makeup-free. But we do know that they want to make sure their wedding makeup lasts, looks amazing, and is cruelty-free. And that's totally why we love partnering with Per-fékt Beauty since they absolutely GET offbeat weddings.

Here's the sitch on what they can offer you (or your chosen makeup artist!) that will keep your makeup looking gorgeous dahling while lasting ALL day and making you want to wear it forever and ever after.

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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.

Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That's right. Plan how you're going to plan.

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I bought a colored wedding dress and now everyone's mad! What should I do?

I come from a family of strict traditionalists when it comes to everything, especially weddings. I recently bought a peach wedding dress with no sleeves and expressed I wanted light blue hair and Converse to go with it. As you can imagine, things didn't go over well. When I try to stand up for my wedding choices, I'm shamed for it.

Please help!

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Wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and beyond

I'm compiling this list of wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in case you want to avoid holidays where family and friends might have conflicting events, holidays where vendors might be especially busy and/or expensive (think Valentine's Day for florists), or religious holidays where places might be closed or guests might have other plans.

Does this mean you CAN'T book your wedding for one of these days? Hell no!

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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