Un-frilly wedding parasols for maids in the shade #Fashion#parasols#rainbow#superficial snack#victorian March 1 2012 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Source: etsy.com I have that kind of transparent Irish skin that repels the sun, and live in a cave like a Morlock. All of that is true except for the cave part. But I know I would love a handy parasol for sunny ceremonies. It would prevent the need for sunglasses, everyone in full salute-mode covering their eyes, or the ever unflattering squint. But even on overcast days, you can't deny the drama that is the parasol. Check out these alternatives to the usual frilly, foofy subjects: Totally handmade! Source: flickr.com Love this vintage style. Source: ruthbphotography.com Like candy! Source: amazon.com A henna-style parasol from Luna Bazaar. Mirka's parasol isn't frilly, it's just pink. It's totally not cheating. Photo by Jennifer Hale Check out our parasol archives for more inspiration. Anyone planning to rock the parasol or maybe a fan instead of a bouquet? Let us know in the comments. This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Luna Bazaar Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Forget match books! Here's how to make mint books instead NEXT Amber & Dylan's Roaring '20s prison wedding Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] Love em all!! I got a few of those in my closet and have used them for photo shoots. These on here are beautiful! Reply OMG, LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOve!! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂 Reply plus, they are super re-usable/re-purposeable. My wedding parasol (paper, bought in Chinatown) is currently a lampshade. 1 agrees Reply I'm planning on buying a bunch of rainbow umbrellas for photo props. May send them home with the groomsmen if the fiance can't figure out a groomsmen gift heh. Reply Here's another idea for one you can make: http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2010/04/painted-parasol-tutorial.html Reply There is a nifty shop here in Seattle called Bella Umbrella (http://www.bellaumbrella.com) that has the most AMAZING vintage parasols and umbrellas for sale AND to rent! I think they ship nationwide as well. I want all of them. Reply My single MOH will love this – she is particularly sun shy and the ceremony is on the beach. She usually rocks a mean Chinese parasol on a daily basis so this will totally be her thing. Will also be a Tiki themed wedding so I should get one like a giant drink umbrella. Reply Hello! I took the photo of the "Victorian gothic" parasol and just wanted to mention that gorgeous bustle jacket that appears in the photo was designed by Kambriel.com Great article! Reply Elisa, thanks for helping with the crediting on that photo! I've updated the caption. (And we're big Kambriel fans in these parts) Reply Love those rainbow ones! I have ghost-skin as well and have an every-day parasol. It's simple bamboo, no decoration so it goes with everything and it's well made. Only cost me $20! There's good deals out there. I'm a total fluff-lover though, so if I had a wedding parasol it would probably be from Angelic Pretty. <3 Reply Any ideas for something a little more Asian inspired? Reply Here are some awesome Asian-inspired parasols. But this one is my favorite. Reply Oh, and here's another from Luna Bazaar. Reply Am loving these! I plan on having my girls carry parasols rather than flowers and making my programs on hand fans. Everyone needs to stay cool outside 🙂 Reply Just throwing this out there for the other nerd brides: ThinkGeek is currently selling a reproduction of Kaylee's parasol from Firefly! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.