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Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings is the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire web properties. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not writing or scrolling, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, snag The Afterglow Bundle.

May 16th in Seattle: meet Suki at our first in-person event in YEARS!

Offbeat Bride and whole Seattle wedding scene has been through a LOT these past few years… let’s celebrate survival and sur-THRIVE-al with a tasty meet up! If you’ve been loving Suki’s reels on @offbeatbride’s Instagram, this is your chance to experience her magic in person.

How to ask for cash instead of wedding gifts in 2022

The past couple years have turned a lot of wedding traditions and wedding registry etiquette upside down — and here at Offbeat Bride, we’re here for it! If you’ve got questions about how to do a cash registry in 2022, we’ve got answers. Because while a lot has changed, you still want to be polite and respectful…

Kick it with these colorful alternative wedding shoes

Here at Offbeat Bride, we have been talking about alternative weddings shoes for nontraditional folks LITERALLY FOR DECADES. I’ve been rounding up super bold unique bridal shoes since 2007, and as I’ve gotten older, my taste has only gotten weirder. Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite nontraditional shoes for 2022.

Inclusive marketing for wedding vendors who want to be more awesome

It’s 2022, and we like to think that wedding vendors know better than to assume that all folks getting married are straight, right? But when it comes to inclusive marketing for wedding vendors, remembering that some folks are LGBTQ is just the beginning…

Piñatas, tacos, & cascarones at this Mexican-inspired DIY wedding in Chicago

ATTN: Other people’s cultures are NOT your wedding theme

A letter from a reader: “I’m soooooo excited about you featuring Latino/x weddings for Hispanic Heritage Month — just PLEASE be mindful, respectful, and recognize that culture, customs, rituals, even religions are not a wedding theme.” Where’s the line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation with weddings?

A horse ranch wedding with a horseback ceremony and DIY for days

That “Apache wedding blessing” isn’t even Native American, so I rewrote it to be less problematic

That well-known “Apache wedding blessing” reading has nothing to do with Native American culture in any way shape or form, other than that it’s something that a white dude imagined Native Americans might possibly say. So I wrote a new one.