A few of the most common questions about Offbeat Bride, as cheekily answered by the site's Seattle-based founder, Ariel.
How can I submit a wedding to be featured?
Check out our submissions page to submit a wedding — we've got separate submission processes for couples submitting their weddings vs vendors submitting client weddings.
How do you pick which weddings to feature?
We love weddings full of nontraditional style, but our highest editorial priority is diversity — not just ethnic/cultural diversity, but weddings representing those who identify as BIPOC, LBGT, disabled, neurodiverse, nonbinary, older folks, and people who challenge the mainstream vision of all weddings being about young, white, slender heterosexuals. Here's more about how weddings are selected.
I'm a vendor. Can you promote my services to your readers?
We'd love to! Offbeat Bride is an ad- and vendor-supported website, and a big part of that is our curated Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide. It's our business to get YOUR business in front of our hundreds of thousands of blog readers and social media followers. Here's how to get started.
What do you mean by OFFBEAT?
The dictionary defines offbeat as “not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern.” To me, offbeat isn't about rebelling or showing the world how weird you are. Rather, it's about questioning all the wedding visions you've been fed and striving to create an event that's an authentic reflection of you and your partner. Offbeat Bride is NOT intended as a judgment against traditional weddings — this site aims to support people all along the spectrum of tradition. (Honestly, I should have used the word “authentic” instead of offbeat.)
Why is it Offbeat BRIDE? Why so gendered?
The simplest answer is that I see “bride” as is a state of mind, not a set of genitalia.
The longer answer: The website launched in 2007 to support the publication of my book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides. My book was published by a women's press, and they wanted to be very clear about what they saw as the book's target market. As a first-time author, I had very little control over the name.
I've dedicated 16+ years to making Offbeat Bride the most inclusive wedding website on the web — the site caters to all genders and identities, including of course tons of content for grooms, as well as extensive archives dedicated to the weddings of transgender and nonbinary and gender-queer folks. I've published guides about inclusive marketing for wedding vendors.
That said, I am rebranding Offbeat Bride as Offbeat Wed by the end of 2022. It's an extensive process involving lawyers, web developers, server sysadmins, designers, and more… but it's time to get the gendering out of the brand.
If you're offbeat, why are some of the weddings on your site more traditional?
One of Offbeat Bride's top editorial missions is diversity, which means the site celebrates weddings all along the offbeat spectrum, including a few that might appear more traditional. Your wedding and this website are not contests to see who can be the weirdest.
Our commitment to inclusivity also means that diversity is a top priority — something we're very open about on our submissions page, and have written about going back to 2012. Prioritizing diversity can be uncomfortable, but we've decided it's more important that Offbeat Bride includes couples with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, ages, abilities, and identities, than it is that every wedding adhere to some mandate of “offbeat enough.” This means that sometimes Offbeat Bride prioritizes sharing a range of weddings, regardless of whether they have more overtly offbeat visible details.
Offbeat Bride readers are encouraged to self-identify. If you're reading Offbeat Bride, then you're offbeat enough. If you've found a happy place here, then you belong here!
Aren't some of the weddings you feature sort of, um, tacky?
Honey, it's not just some of them — they're ALL tacky!
What happened to the Offbeat Bride Tribe?
The Tribe was our forum from 2007 – 2015. For more information, head over here.