Wedding Planning Resources & Tools

Offbeat Wedding Planning Resources & Tools

Congratulations on your engagement! Here are ALL kinds of wedding planning resources & tools to help you plan an epic offbeat wedding. This is where you’ll find your wedding binder, vendor resources, your wedding website, a great wedding checklist, city wedding guides, and so much more.

Organize your wedding planning

Goth wedding inspiration
Ready to wade into wedding planning together? Photo by Ashley Rae Photography

Start with our Offbeat Wedding Planning Tools:

  • Wedding Vendors: Find your offbeat-friendly wedding vendors from photographers to planners to dress makers and more
  • Wedding websites: start a free (and gorgeous) wedding website
  • Wedding planning binder: Download our massive pack of wedding planning spreadsheets and organize EVERYTHING, plus the binder includes our much beloved printable checklist that’s helped literally hundreds of thousands of nontraditional folks plan their weddings



Organization advice:

If you’re in one of our top cities, we’ve got local help for you!

Offbeat city pages

Wedding planning city guides: the nitty-gritty of how to get married in your city. These are based on the top US cities where Offbeat Bride readers live… coming soon, our top international cities like London, Syndey, and Melbourne.

Sending invitations

Letterpressed lovelies or emailed videos, how will you be letting everyone know the deets?


Wedding invitation advice:

We’ve partnered with Wedsites to make it easy for you to make cute wedding websites

Wedding websites

Offbeat Bride has partnered with Wedsites to bring you free wedding websites catered to the unique needs of nontraditional couples.


Wedding website advice:

Offbeat-friendly vendors

Some wedding vendors will look at you funny when you share your nontraditional plans, but the businesses in our wedding vendor directory LOVE alternative clients. (Some even offer special discounts just for Offbeat Bride readers!)


Vendor advice:

Photo by Shardayyy Photography

Your wedding budget

Making and sticking to a wedding budget is key to staying sane and keeping your life in balance. We’ve got tips…


Wedding budget advice:

Jewel-toned geekery invades Cloud City at this wedding with a Darth Vader officiant
When Darth Vader officiates your ceremony. Photo by Lavender Bouquet Photography

Craft your ceremony

From vows to readings to unity ceremonies and playlists, there’s more to ceremonies than meets the eye.

Ceremony advice:

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Wedding day timeline

From the crack of dawn to falling into bed at the end of the wedding day, it’ll likely be jam-packed. Here’s how to get it all organized…


Wedding timeline advice:

Queer black Baltimore realness: a drag king and a burlesque performer get married
Photo by Wolf Photography from this glorious queer wedding.

Find your outfits

Whether you’ll be wearing a long white gown or a floral pantsuit, your wedding day outfit should totally be YOU.


Fashion advice:


Decor & Flowers

Decor can be totally optional with the right venue, but if you’re handy, crafty, or chic, this is where you can shine.

Decor and floral advice:

Photo by Kandise Brown

Playlists and reception


Reception advice:

Wait until you see the interactive puzzle game at this books & RPG wedding

Themes and real weddings

Having a wedding theme is not at all required, but they can certainly be fun to incorporate as little or as much as you’d like.

Themes and real weddings:

Ready for even deeper insights?

There are loads more advice posts over on our wedding basics page, our full content archives, and of course, by searching the site!

You can always submit your questions and ideas here if you need more advice. We’re here to help!