Mom and Uncle Doug
Hi, Ariel. I just wanted to express thanks to you for saving me from my mother. She had been pestering me to carry flowers, which I had absolutely no interest in at all, whatsoever. After many impassioned pleas and fights, I decided to email her a link to Offbeat Bride — particularly the response you wrote to the girl who didn't want to carry anything on her trip down the aisle.

My mother called me and told me that she had never even considered that flowers were optional — it just seemed like something you had to do. Long story even longer, she spent an hour perusing Offbeat Bride and told me how much fun it all looked like, and how she just assumed since she had always seen things done a particular way, it had never occurred to her that it didn't have to be that way.

I don't know how you managed to get it across to her, but you've not only opened her eyes, you've helped me to be more understanding of where she's coming from. Thank you so much for making this ridiculous and incredibly arduous process a little bit more human, and a little bit less stressful. -Trish

P.S.: When I walk down the aisle with no flowers in hand, I will be secretly whispering “Thank you, Ariel!”

Aww, you're so welcome Trish … and Trish's mom! 🙂 I'm actually curious if there are any other mothers-of-the-offbeat-bride reading. Mamas, are you out there?

Comments on Offbeat Bride is good for moms, too!

  1. I directed my mom to this site this weekend…While she was initially slightly horrified by the term “wedding porn” (I think she had something entirely different pop into her head!) and was slightly uncomfortable about all of the ink covered brides, she thought overall that the site was awesome, and “very very Julie.” It made her happy to see so many women thinking outside of the proverbial wedding box!

  2. That is so awesome! A Mom has a complete turn around thanks to Offbeat Bride! Yippee!
    P.S. the term wedding porn cracks me up and it cracks me up even more that I provided sponsored wedding porn!

  3. What, am I the first Mom to post a reply? Yes, I’m reading! Daughter dear is well on the way to being an offbeat bride … but I was one before her, in 1980, at a wedding in 1620’s clothing (think Three Musketeers.) You have a great site!

  4. My bad-ass future mother-in-law just finished reading Offbeat Bride (she bought her own copy), and loved it! I don’t think she’s been to the site, but she knows I reference it. She’s recommended the book to many of her family members so that they understand what to expect at our 5-day long, 6th-grade-camp-with-beer wedding.

    We’re lucky. Our parents are very supportive of our wedding being OURS.

  5. I’ve often mentioned Offbeat Bride to my mom, and now every time we are at a DIY impasse she suggests that I ask those girls on the internet what they think.

  6. When we told my mom that we were engaged, I gave her a copy of Offbeat Bride, wrapped in wedding paper. I wrote nice things on the inside cover so she definitely won’t be getting rid of it! I told her before we started any wedding planning she had to read the book first. She was so devastated when she left the book at a hockey ice rink but she got it back. Mission accomplished!

  7. I think my mom pops by sometime! I read her excerpts from the book and I gave her the URL for this site. I also have shown her some particularly interesting posts. I HOPE she reads it! It works out well though, and she understands that our wedding is going to be offbeat!

  8. Yup Us MOB’s are out here and LOVING this site, My daughter sent me here went she first started planning her big day and I have been addicted ever since. All the wonderful wedding porn makes me wish I had been a more headstrong bride and not listened to others, told them all to go to hell and done things MY way. So heres to you Ariel and ALL of you amazing offbeat brides I love you all!!!

  9. Another MOB checking in…LOVE this site. Darling daughter is getting married 06.07.08 and I want to be the one to introduce this to HER!!

  10. I was MOB last fall, and a mixed media artist.
    A customer referenced this site, and I just LOVE the spirit and unusual ways couples are able express themselves-KUDOS to all!

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