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A fantastical villainous Candyland sideshow music fest wedding

My husband and I live in and run a House Of Oddities Museum in Pittsburgh called Trundle Manor. We’re used to being surrounded by vintage taxidermy, dead things floating in jars, coffins, and our own art, so the wedding had to be grand enough and weird enough to suit us.

Our wedding cake was a zombified Marie Antoinette head festooned with feathers and candy! It sat alongside our faux wedding cake topped with the taxidermied squirrels we made on our first date in the basement.

How we're making a Swedish kissing tradition into a poly-friendly, queer-friendly wedding ritual

My fiancé and I hold ethical non-monogamy as one of the values at the core of our relationship. So we are determined to make sure that value is represented at our microwedding. While researching wedding customs traditional to our ethnic backgrounds, we discovered that there actually exists a ritual that’s time-honored, joyful, culturally-specific, and non-monogamous…

The Swedish kissing tradition!

A little bit retro, a little bit punk: this woodsy Maine wedding has it all

Siobhan and Tom's wedding had a retro feel with just some hints of punk and rock 'n' roll. They were in a pop punk band together in Seattle, so their wedding took some inspiration from their musical background. They also had pizza, donuts, Simpsons references, and seriously gorgeous Maine fall foliage.

Don't miss the macrame backdrop, floral bridesmaids dresses, and mismatched plates…

Recent Wedding Porn

Masculine suits for women, trans men, and anyone who wants to look handsome AF

Hey dapper brides, trans men, and anyone else who wants to look their stylish best in a suit on their wedding day: have you found your look yet? If not, I've scrounged up a few killer options for custom-made masculine suits for women, trans men, and anyone. From butch to slightly femme, these suits are ripe for customizing to your look and measurements.

Which one would you rock?

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Love has no size: a fat-positive inspiration shoot that may just change your life

Feeling down on yourself while trying on dresses? Seeing emails in your inbox about losing weight for the wedding or worse, hearing it from people you love? It's time to take back your self-worth and own your beauty. One of our favorite photographers, Sandrachile, sent us fat-positive inspiration shoot that blew our collective minds. I may have even shed a couple of tears looking at these stunning and fierce women looking back at us like a mirror…

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Don't miss the mohawk and sheer dress at this chic wedding inspiration

We fell in love with this chic wedding inspiration with clean lines and sophistication paired with a killer mohawk, gorgeous outdoor setting, a funky food truck, and an almost-but-not-quite scandalous wedding dress that gave us all heart eyes emojis.

It's tuxedos and glitz meets rustic realness (with a tiny serving of punk) and we DIG it. Let's see the whole shoot and start taking notes on what ideas you want to steal…

Recent Real Weddings

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A fantastical villainous Candyland sideshow music fest wedding

My husband and I live in and run a House Of Oddities Museum in Pittsburgh called Trundle Manor. We’re used to being surrounded by vintage taxidermy, dead things floating in jars, coffins, and our own art, so the wedding had to be grand enough and weird enough to suit us.

Our wedding cake was a zombified Marie Antoinette head festooned with feathers and candy! It sat alongside our faux wedding cake topped with the taxidermied squirrels we made on our first date in the basement.

A little bit retro, a little bit punk: this woodsy Maine wedding has it all

Siobhan and Tom's wedding had a retro feel with just some hints of punk and rock 'n' roll. They were in a pop punk band together in Seattle, so their wedding took some inspiration from their musical background. They also had pizza, donuts, Simpsons references, and seriously gorgeous Maine fall foliage.

Don't miss the macrame backdrop, floral bridesmaids dresses, and mismatched plates…

A dreamy, handcrafted fall farm wedding in the Catskills

Lauren and Olivia (aka "Chicken") had the most dreamy farm wedding with epic views of the Catskill Mountains. We're talking rustic nature-inspired centerpieces, a rich autumn color palette, and a a rainbow effect in the bridesmaids dresses.

Don't miss the farm animals milling about, the lawn games, the handcrafted details, Olivia's chicken cufflinks(!), and these two gorgeous people in love…

Motorcycles, leather, & romance at this rock 'n' roll Savannah wedding

Deanna and Larry got married in front of Forsyth Fountain in Savannah, GA. It was a rock 'n' roll Savannah wedding to remember. When you see Larry's entrance, you're going to lose it. Instead of walking down the aisle… he rode down it in a motorcycle! He then surprised Deanna with custom leather vests to rock while they rode off into the sunset together after the ceremony.

Don't miss Deanna's fab bouquet of large peonies, anemones, and lush greenery and of course, their killer groom's cake!

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How we're making a Swedish kissing tradition into a poly-friendly, queer-friendly wedding ritual

My fiancé and I hold ethical non-monogamy as one of the values at the core of our relationship. So we are determined to make sure that value is represented at our microwedding. While researching wedding customs traditional to our ethnic backgrounds, we discovered that there actually exists a ritual that’s time-honored, joyful, culturally-specific, and non-monogamous…

The Swedish kissing tradition!

Finding poly-friendly wedding songs (that AREN'T about forsaking all others)

My fiancé and I practice ethical non-monogamy. We prefer this term to polyamory, but sure, you can call us poly if you want to. We had a discussion of how many songs are out there are about “forsaking all others,” something we definitely are not including in our vows. It’s a common theme in popular songs: now that I’m with you, I promise not to look at anyone else, think about anyone else, etc. Here is how we're including poly-friendly wedding songs in our playlists…

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Do I need to invite someone's adult daughter to my intimate wedding?

My sister wants us to invite her boyfriend's adult daughter to our wedding, even though we've never met her. Her family already accounts for five invitations for her household already.

We have worked so hard to keep our wedding small and intimate and quite frankly don't want a stranger there. Are we being selfish?

10 tips for wearing a wedding corset (+ a trunk show in Seattle!)

Corsets are a major element of bridal fashion. Since most wedding dresses have some corset structures built into them, it's not surprising that some opt to go full steam and wear a "real" corset as a visible or foundation element to their wedding look. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're tempted by the idea of special occasion corsetry…

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Lush florals go ring-shaped with this DIY floral hoop backdrop

I love a good hoop bouquet, but those handy floral hoops can be used for more than just a great alternative bouquet. I've created a series of hoops flowing with greenery and flora that can be used a wedding ceremony backdrop, reception decor, or even a place card holder.

With this DIY floral hoop backdrop, you can add as many floral picks as you like to make it as lush as you can imagine. Artificial flowers let you create a backdrop that can go from wedding to living room permanently. It's the beauty of realistic artificial flowers!

Here are the steps to go from a simple hoop to intricate backdrop in no time…

In case of dementor attack, you'll need this Harry Potter wedding favor

If you're a Potterphile, you know that chocolate bars have their own powers of soothing you after a dementor attack. So at a wedding with Harry Potter details (where a dementor could prey, naturally!), why not offer up some DIY Harry Potter wedding favors that will do the job nicely. Plus, it only takes some inexpensive chocolate bars, some printer paper, and a printable chocolate bar wrapper.

DIY this super easy ping pong ball light garland

DIY weddings are more popular than ever since DIY projects can save you beaucoup bucks in the process. So if you need some seriously pretty mood lighting for your DIY decor, this easy ping pong ball light garland is your go-to DIY wedding project. Plus, they function as garland/bunting for a ceremony backdrop of for stringing along the ceiling in your venue.

They're cheap, easy to make, and they look gorgeous lighting the rest of your decor (and photo ops!). The ping pong balls give off a warm, soft glow, perfect for setting the mood.

Here's how to make these killer lights…

How to DIY coloring pages from a photo for your wedding reception

We've been throwing around the idea of this wedding coloring sheet for years but never had a great tutorial for how to make one yourself, which you absolutely can do. Yep, you don't have to outsource this project to someone else if you have access to a program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Pixlr. I'm going to be demonstrating it with Photoshop, but the steps are mostly translatable between each program.

Here's how to do it…

Recent Stuff we love

Our Seattle wedding photography bestie Jenny GG is at the top of her game (and has a discount for you!)

In an industry where you never know what you're going to get, choosing a wedding vendor can be downright scary. But when your chosen Seattle wedding photographer has been Offbeat Bride endorsed since the dawn of its existence, so oozing in talent and amazing personality, and a firebrand for inclusivity and positivity? THAT'S when you'll feel downright thrilled with your vendor choice. Who is this photographer of whom I speak? Why it's none other than our dear friend, Jenny GG!

We are nerding out over these custom toasting flutes, glasses, and geektastic gifts

We got super lucky and stumbled upon Glass Cannons via this wedding we featured. I basically went googly-eyed when I spied the etched glasses paying homage to their favorite fandoms (read: Magic the Gathering!).

They've got toasting flutes, shot glasses, and quirky drinkware galore. And if you have an idea in mind for glasses that mach your wedding theme, they'll absolutely do a custom set for you…

Recent Wedding 101

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I bought a colored wedding dress and now everyone's mad! What should I do?

I come from a family of strict traditionalists when it comes to everything, especially weddings. I recently bought a peach wedding dress with no sleeves and expressed I wanted light blue hair and Converse to go with it. As you can imagine, things didn't go over well. When I try to stand up for my wedding choices, I'm shamed for it.

Please help!

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Wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and beyond

I'm compiling this list of wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in case you want to avoid holidays where family and friends might have conflicting events, holidays where vendors might be especially busy and/or expensive (think Valentine's Day for florists), or religious holidays where places might be closed or guests might have other plans.

Does this mean you CAN'T book your wedding for one of these days? Hell no!

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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Your cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation

When it comes to invitation wording, we've got you covered. But what if you just need a cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation? What do you HAVE to include and what's just a nice-to-have? Here's a recap of all the information you'll want on there, what bonus information helps, and what you can totally offshore to a wedding website. Let's get to cheatsheeting!

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How to create your bridal shop moment with your online bought dress

It's way easier to buy online than it ever has been before. This online shopping convenience comes with a tiny cost, though: you don't have that bridal store moment where you let your crew see you in the dress/outfit and ooh and ahh. The remedy? Create that shit yourself!

Here are my tips to create your bridal shop moment with your online purchased dress…

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