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I AM CAKE: this colorful Tennessee wedding had the most amazing Groot cake

This Tennessee wedding was full of color, loft style, performances by friends, amazing dances, pop culture-themed centerpieces,
and loads of twinkle lights. Sounds great, right? But just wait until you see the pièce de résistance, their amazing, geektastic sculpted Groot cake. How they cut into that, I'll never know.

Get ready to see this whole geeky, colorful, full of Parks and Rec, Star Wars, and lots of love wedding…

It's Pride month! Let's deck out your LGBTQ+ wedding with these rainbow wedding details

June is celebrated in most areas of the U.S. as Pride Month. While we love to celebrate LGBTQ+ weddings all year round, we especially like to give some special attention to Pride-themed weddings during the month of June.

If you're planning a wedding celebration that includes some rainbow imagery, that's awesome! If you're in a rainbow state of mind, there are so many options for you to rock your pride flag, literally, on your wedding day.

Celebrating the anniversary of Ziggy Stardust with this glam rock David Bowie-inspired wedding inspiration

David Bowie's iconic concept album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” was released 47(!) year ago on June 16, 1972, so it was more than fitting to showcase this amazing glam rock wedding inspiration right around the anniversary. The bride, groom, and their best crew were all in a band so they rocked their amazing outfits with metallics, velvet, fringe, tassels, faux fur, and tinsel.

Don't miss the epic florals, star-shaped EVERYTHING, velvet suits, the bride's jumpsuit, and the cake that any Bowie fan would love…

7 questions to ask to make your wedding more accessible for your disabled guests

I've attended events where I had trouble accessing information, or was entirely excluded, because of my blindness, auditory processing disorder, or food intolerances. I want to ensure our friends and family are included and accommodated at our wedding in the ways that work for them. How do we make it accessible for everyone? And not just for mobility issues, but for social anxiety, food intolerances, varied budgets, and more. Here are the questions I asked to make my own wedding accessible for myself and my guests…

Ink, roses, & tequila shots at this dark & romantic spring wedding at Lafitte Street Market

Gabrielle and Mark’s dark-spring romantic and gothic-inspired wedding day takes the saying “Until death do us part” to another level. Gabrielle began the day getting ready with her crew at Turning Point Tattoos, where Mark is a resident tattoo artist.

Overtones of rich red and dark wood were featured, while light sprigs of greenery and baby’s breath balanced the vivid colors. This wedding was so full of thoughtful touches and unconventional DIY details. Let's see the whole thing…

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Celebrating the anniversary of Ziggy Stardust with this glam rock David Bowie-inspired wedding inspiration

David Bowie's iconic concept album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” was released 47(!) year ago on June 16, 1972, so it was more than fitting to showcase this amazing glam rock wedding inspiration right around the anniversary. The bride, groom, and their best crew were all in a band so they rocked their amazing outfits with metallics, velvet, fringe, tassels, faux fur, and tinsel.

Don't miss the epic florals, star-shaped EVERYTHING, velvet suits, the bride's jumpsuit, and the cake that any Bowie fan would love…

We're obsessing over fancy-pants metallic & foil invitations and save the dates

Minted now has new foil colors like ice blue, bronze, and black and are seriously spectacular for wedding invites and save the dates. I'm also fully obsessed with the glittery foils that come in gold and silver and give off major rainbow sparkly unicorn vibes. You'll see I chose to show a few of those in the save the date section. SO PRETTY.

Let's do some shopping for some sparkly, shiny, and now extra colorful foil wedding invitations and save the dates from one of our faves, Minted

Breweries, architecture, & canoodling at this engagement homage to Kansas City

Leslie and Cassidy both attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City but didn't meet until years into their programs while both attending a mission trip in the Caribbean. They both love breweries and Kansas City, so even though they now live in St. Louis, they wanted to have their engagement session in the city close to their hearts. They canoodled and nuzzled their way through the beautiful Kauffman Center in Kansas City and we can't get enough…

I proposed to my boyfriend using the most romantic moment in Star Wars

I proposed to my fiance Simen on our anniversary, so I thought I'd share the story of how I did it with the most romantic part of Star Wars. I went on Etsy and I found a Star Wars fidget spinner ring. He likes Star Wars (though I had never watched any of it), and he fidgets a lot, so I thought it was pretty good. I asked my friend Benedikt JOKINGLY if there was a romantic moment in Star Wars.

He showed me one particular scene you may recognize…

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What's new in alternative wedding bouquets? 34 ideas that go beyond the flower

Huge bouquets have been a total trend this year — full of flowers, greenery, and other flora that crops up in various forms each season. They're gorgeous, but you certainly see a lot of the same each time. What if you stepped away from real flowers and saw what else was out there? We're not strangers to non-floral bouquets, but I wanted to expand my search into a few newer territories: fruits, candy, pearls, beads, wheat, paper, balloons, fans, wooden flowers, felt, and more.

Recent Real Weddings

I AM CAKE: this colorful Tennessee wedding had the most amazing Groot cake

This Tennessee wedding was full of color, loft style, performances by friends, amazing dances, pop culture-themed centerpieces,
and loads of twinkle lights. Sounds great, right? But just wait until you see the pièce de résistance, their amazing, geektastic sculpted Groot cake. How they cut into that, I'll never know.

Get ready to see this whole geeky, colorful, full of Parks and Rec, Star Wars, and lots of love wedding…

Ink, roses, & tequila shots at this dark & romantic spring wedding at Lafitte Street Market

Gabrielle and Mark’s dark-spring romantic and gothic-inspired wedding day takes the saying “Until death do us part” to another level. Gabrielle began the day getting ready with her crew at Turning Point Tattoos, where Mark is a resident tattoo artist.

Overtones of rich red and dark wood were featured, while light sprigs of greenery and baby’s breath balanced the vivid colors. This wedding was so full of thoughtful touches and unconventional DIY details. Let's see the whole thing…

Mario Kart, an open mic, and an aisle walk through a fog machine(!) at this creative Chicago wedding

Heather and Tim rocked their creatively DIYed Chicago wedding with an eye on maximum fun and a comfortable atmosphere for their guests. It was totally a collaboration between themselves and their creative guests. Whether it was an area where people could play cards, battle at Mario Kart, or a hilarious open mic, everyone was in their element.

Just wait until you see how the bride walked down the aisle through a fog machine!

A modern and edgy wedding at Mr. West Cafe Bar in Seattle

Christine and Eric had a glorious wedding day that was edgy and modern and full of amazing fashion choices. Eric's burgundy suit, though… GAH. Amazing. The day started with a sweet first look under a viaduct where Eric got a bit tearful when he saw how gorgeous Christine looked in her off the shoulder gown. Then it was off to the fabulous Mr. West Cafe Bar for the wedding itself…

A train ride ceremony and stunning kilts and bridal suits at this Railroad Museum of New England wedding

At their Railroad Museum of New England wedding, Thiemba and Nate rocked historical looks with a custom made edible floral bouquet, a custom made bridal suit with french love letter inscribed on the inside, and an amazing kilt outfit. For their reception, Thiemba and Nate changed outfits to celebrate in steampunk style. Their wedding guests also wore steampunk-themed attire, which all looked amazing.

Recent Advice

7 questions to ask to make your wedding more accessible for your disabled guests

I've attended events where I had trouble accessing information, or was entirely excluded, because of my blindness, auditory processing disorder, or food intolerances. I want to ensure our friends and family are included and accommodated at our wedding in the ways that work for them. How do we make it accessible for everyone? And not just for mobility issues, but for social anxiety, food intolerances, varied budgets, and more. Here are the questions I asked to make my own wedding accessible for myself and my guests…

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21 modern poems that make swoon-worthy wedding readings

Finding the right wedding readings for your ceremony can be a bear if you don't know where to look. This is especially so if you're diverting from traditional and/or religious readings and want something more modern, secular, funny, or all of the above. I wanted to see what was cooking in modern poetry to see if there were some new poems that would make amazing wedding readings that we hadn't seen before. Spoiler alert: there were!

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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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Pronouns & assumptions: Gay wedding etiquette rules every guest should follow

Maybe you're a seasoned pro at attending same-sex weddings or maybe they're a new concept for you, and you don't want to be responsible for any awkwardness on someone's wedding day. It's easy to fall prey to a faux pas when it comes to saying the right things. Understand that the basics, love and respect, remain the same for both straight and LGBTQ weddings.

Here are six gay wedding etiquette rules that will make you the couple's favorite…

Recent DIY

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…

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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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It's Pride month! Let's deck out your LGBTQ+ wedding with these rainbow wedding details

June is celebrated in most areas of the U.S. as Pride Month. While we love to celebrate LGBTQ+ weddings all year round, we especially like to give some special attention to Pride-themed weddings during the month of June.

If you're planning a wedding celebration that includes some rainbow imagery, that's awesome! If you're in a rainbow state of mind, there are so many options for you to rock your pride flag, literally, on your wedding day.

How to create unique engagement rings ideal for creative & free-spirited couples

If there's one thing we know about readers of Offbeat Bride, it's that they tend to make things their own. Free spirited couples will probably want their major symbolic wedding moments to really resonate. And your engagement rings are no exception.

The old days of having to go to an old-fashioned jewelry store and deal with ten options that all look the same? Gone, baby. Now you can take a favorite ring style and add elements that make it totally you OR start from scratch and imagine a ring you've never even seen before. Here's how…

Get serene vibes with these pared down, nature themed wedding details

While y'all know we love big, colorful, and wild wedding themes, we also totally love simple, pared down, and more romantic themes just as much. So with warmer weather looming and outdoor weddings taking center stage for spring and summer, I wanted to explore what nature themed wedding details and boho wedding details I could find that fit a more natural and organic aesthetic. Think lace, linen, floral embroidery, woods, kraft paper, eucalyptus, and colors pulled from nature.

What will inspire us from peeking into what readers have been buying?

Sometimes I like to dig into the wedding fashion and decor that readers have been buying just to get a pulse on what's going on in all of your minds. And it never fails to keep me on my toes! I pulled out some of my favorite items that y'all have been purchasing via our affiliate linke (thank you for that!), and it was rad.

That orange monacle? That pink embroidered corset? That wings shawl? It's all so GOOD. Maybe you'll find something for your own wedding in this list.

Recent Wedding 101

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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.

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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