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A sad mother of the bride asks: “How do I tell my friends I can’t invite them?”

“My 44 year old daughter is planning and paying for her own wedding. The guest list is at 200, and she has agreed to let us invite 6 close friends… but what do I say to all our other friends who may be expecting to be invited?”

Shine like a queen in these gold wedding dresses

You know what’s trending right now with Offbeat Brides? GOLD WEDDING DRESSES! I decided to round up a few of my favorite gold wedding dresses that you can buy online, include lots of plus size options, and even some gold maternity wedding dresses!

Bask in these elegant dark Halloween elopement ideas

Ready to get some delicious Halloween elopement ideas? This styled shoot has it all… Black Halloween wedding dress? CHECK! The most gorgeous birch tree inspired Halloween wedding cake? CHECK. Candy apples, quartz crystals, and tons of fall vibes? CHECK. A Halloween wedding bouquet filled with rich jewel tones? YOU KNOW IT.

Wait until you see the outfits at this gothic gay cemetery wedding

Halloween day wedding at a cemetery! These two brides, Roberta and Cu, had a gay gothic wedding, complete with one of the most unique goth wedding dresses we’ve ever seen.

Satanic wedding: Celebrating in Hell on Devils Night

We got married in Hell, Michigan and did most of our photos beforehand at the Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. We wanted a whole “Wed Til’ We’re Dead” mood, and the location definitely helped…

When the bride’s in a black wedding dress with bridesmaids in white!

Have you ever asked yourself it’s ok for bridesmaids to wear white? Ever wondered what it might look like to see a bride in a black wedding dress and the bridesmaids in white? Get yourself ready, because Mari & Anthony’s wedding is about to answer all these questions in the affirmative!