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Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

"After getting engaged at a historic 1940s San Francisco tiki bar, we decided to theme our wedding to match. Everything including our cocktail choice, wedding party dresses, shoes, centerpieces, boutonnieres, guest book, and drinking glasses had a tiki vibe with hints of our nerdy and punk rock/rockabilly backgrounds." Yep, this retro tiki wedding is KILLING IT with awesome themes and massive style. You've got to see it…

This subtle Link and Zelda wedding inspiration will teleport you to a fancy-pants Hyrule

An ethereal and sophisticated Link and Zelda wedding inspiration shoot? Oh hell yes, sign.us.up. It's always amazing when geeks go super chic. Everything from the leafy paper goods, wooden ocarina, "It's Dangerous to Go Alone. Take This" seating chart, Triforce symbol escort cards, and greens and stone colors everywhere, evoked the Legend of Zelda. Even the rings are Triforce-inspired. Oh, and don't miss the chairs! On the groom's chair is a sign that reads, "My Hero" with inscribed notes to the "Song of Time" and on the bride's, "My Princess" with notes to "Zelda's Lullaby."

Ethereal and fun wedding invitations for every wedding vibe

I've been in love with Minted's wedding invitation designs for years. You can find almost anything to match your wedding theme. But what if your wedding theme is more etherial, like "colorful and fun." They have that too!

In fact, I'm using a bunch of these designs myself! Check out some of my favorite fun wedding invitations from Minted, and then keep scrolling to see a couple of my own personalized wedding purchases…

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Rainy redwoods and tons of DIY at this Wes Anderson-themed wedding

The first thing to know about this wedding is that it rained. Not just any rain. It poured. And of course, it was an outdoor wedding in a redwood grove only accessible by an antique steam train. So there was no Plan B. But thankfully for us, everyone put on their galoshes and headed out to get Karen and Austin married.

But just wait, there's more. The reception was Wes Anderson-themed!

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This subtle Link and Zelda wedding inspiration will teleport you to a fancy-pants Hyrule

An ethereal and sophisticated Link and Zelda wedding inspiration shoot? Oh hell yes, sign.us.up. It's always amazing when geeks go super chic. Everything from the leafy paper goods, wooden ocarina, "It's Dangerous to Go Alone. Take This" seating chart, Triforce symbol escort cards, and greens and stone colors everywhere, evoked the Legend of Zelda. Even the rings are Triforce-inspired. Oh, and don't miss the chairs! On the groom's chair is a sign that reads, "My Hero" with inscribed notes to the "Song of Time" and on the bride's, "My Princess" with notes to "Zelda's Lullaby."

Ethereal and fun wedding invitations for every wedding vibe

I've been in love with Minted's wedding invitation designs for years. You can find almost anything to match your wedding theme. But what if your wedding theme is more etherial, like "colorful and fun." They have that too!

In fact, I'm using a bunch of these designs myself! Check out some of my favorite fun wedding invitations from Minted, and then keep scrolling to see a couple of my own personalized wedding purchases…

A macrame wedding backdrop is the BEST way to reuse wedding decor

Macrame wall hangings are the hottest shit in home decor right now and you can harness their boho-meets-'70s vibe for your wedding, too. After the ceremony, hang it up behind your sweetheart table. Then wrap it up and hang it on your wall at home. No wasted money AND a new killer wall hanging!

I skulked around looking for some of my favorites in a macrame wedding backdrop and found some doozies. Ready your mouse clicking trigger finger to snag one of these bad boys…

You'll want a bookstore photo session after seeing this retro wedding inspiration

This ultra stylish, 1950s-themed wedding inspiration got us right in the bookish feels. The bookstore backdrop is tickling our geeky hearts. I'm loving the aesthetic of myriad piles of books, shelves receding into the distance, and old wood from floor to ceiling. I wish we had scratch-n-sniff technology for the book smell! Plus, it's totally a stealable idea for your own engagement shoot or wedding portraits.

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Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

"After getting engaged at a historic 1940s San Francisco tiki bar, we decided to theme our wedding to match. Everything including our cocktail choice, wedding party dresses, shoes, centerpieces, boutonnieres, guest book, and drinking glasses had a tiki vibe with hints of our nerdy and punk rock/rockabilly backgrounds." Yep, this retro tiki wedding is KILLING IT with awesome themes and massive style. You've got to see it…

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Rainy redwoods and tons of DIY at this Wes Anderson-themed wedding

The first thing to know about this wedding is that it rained. Not just any rain. It poured. And of course, it was an outdoor wedding in a redwood grove only accessible by an antique steam train. So there was no Plan B. But thankfully for us, everyone put on their galoshes and headed out to get Karen and Austin married.

But just wait, there's more. The reception was Wes Anderson-themed!

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An intimate and majestic Middle-earth elopement in New Zealand (with a rainbow!)

Kyle is an extrovert and wanted a large wedding in our hometown with all of our family and friends. I wanted a small elopement on top of a mountain in New Zealand where they filmed The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to feel like I was journeying across Middle-earth with the one I love. I wanted our wedding to be an adventure.

We decided to do both! Here's our magical Middle-earth elopement…

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An Andy Warhol-inspired wedding had an artist's eye and it totally shows

Gina and DJ had an art-inspired wedding with one of the most interesting cakes with an amazing story. There were Andy Warhol details everywhere (including the cake, as you'll see!) including Warhol postcards tucked underneath the napkins, Campbell's soup cans as vases in the centerpieces, and cookies based on some vintage Warhol wrapping paper.

Are you ready to see this artsy Warhol-inspired wedding at The Cleaners in Portland, OR come to life?

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This community-centered Catskills wedding stole our hearts

Ashley and Mi's amazing Catskills wedding was a handcrafted labor of love among their friends and community. Together they made hand-stamped welcome bags and poetry journals, Ashley's handmade earrings, paper cranes and ribbons hung from trees, collected bottles as centerpieces, and a group reading during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, it was dinner and a sparkler parade led by fiddle players to a contra band and square dance caller. We can only the imagine the fun after that. Let's see it all…

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13 hidden wedding costs that can blow your wallet (and a quick budget survey!)

Wedding budgets are the necessary evil of an already fraught-with-drama time in your life. There are all kinds of things that'll balloon your wedding budget from necessary undies to last-minute tailoring to extra guests showing up. The best defense is a good offense by knowing what hidden wedding costs may sneak in and how to be ready for them.

Also, we have a quick one-question wedding budget survey that will help us craft editorial with you in mind!

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I never imagined having a wedding until we did: how to throw a "non-wedding"

No one ever thought I would get married. Except I actually love weddings! I watch bridal shows and browse the stories and DIY projects on Offbeat Bride. When friends get married I'm super happy for them. But I can't stand the thought of having a big wedding party for myself or see myself as a princess in white. We decided to get married anddecided to throw a party. Therein we have our challenge…

How can we make our gluten-free cake alternative look fancier?

My fiancé and I are both gluten-free and decided on a fall apple crisp instead of a cake. How do we dress it up for the wedding? I searched the internet far and wide and all I see are towers of cupcakes, donuts, and pies. I can't figure out how to make a big tray of apple crisp look like a special dessert. We don't need one hundred tiny glass jars and a throwaway option isn't our style. Any ideas on making our gluten-free cake alternative look fancier?

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Dips to toasts: 9 things your wedding photographer NEEDS to know before your wedding

After photographing 200+ weddings, I have a pretty good gauge on what is likely to happen on most wedding days… but there are times when details don't get shared with me before hand, and I get caught off guard. I want to make sure I catch the surprise Star Wars entrance, the singing toast from the best man, and all the meticulously crafted DIY details.

This in mind, here are 9 important things to share with YOUR wedding photographer, before your wedding…

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Burlesque bachelorette party: boas, gloves, and good times

You guys, we're coming into bachelorette and hen party season, which means that we know some of you are like, "Wait, what are the options for NON-penis cake bachelorette parties? Are there bachelorette party games and activities that don't involve bars?" (No shame in penis cakes or bars, of course. I mean, I personally love a good penis cake. And a good bar.)

BUT! Seattle and Puget Sound area folks! You've got an amazing bachelorette party alternative — and it's one I even have very first-person experience with: The Academy of Burlesque.

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I never imagined having a wedding until we did: how to throw a "non-wedding"

No one ever thought I would get married. Except I actually love weddings! I watch bridal shows and browse the stories and DIY projects on Offbeat Bride. When friends get married I'm super happy for them. But I can't stand the thought of having a big wedding party for myself or see myself as a princess in white. We decided to get married anddecided to throw a party. Therein we have our challenge…

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Beauty from pain: A cancer survivor's non-wig ways to rock being a bald bride

“Will you postpone the wedding until after your cancer is gone?” asked my friend the week I was re-diagnosed with lymphoma. My response was so feral it surprised even me. “Honey, come hell or high water, I am motherloving having this wedding, and you better motherloving be there because I don’t know how long I’ve got left.”

My cancer came back a few months before my wedding, and I wanted to use my baldness as an opportunity to recognize cancer's presence while living through it with beauty and joy. Here's my story…

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Here are two reasons why Doctor Who's Amy Pond is pro at writing ceremony readings

Fellow Whovians: you know you love Amy and Rory, right? Hashtag goals. And you know their love lasted for quite literally almost two millennia. These kids knew love. Amy was especially good at articulating that love. I've got not one, but two quotes from Doctor Who from which you can pull a remarkable Amy Pond wedding reading. Ready to get a hanky reliving these moments? Geronimo!

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Snazz up your wedding decor with a DIY floral frame backdrop

This quick and easy DIY floral frame backdrop is a reusable rustic wedding decor element that will delight your guests. I love it because it can fit any wedding theme or style. It can be giant, or small and sweet, and you can use whatever frame you already have or find new or secondhand.

Use it as a wedding ceremony backdrop or anywhere in your decor. Ready to see how to make it?

How to make cardboard face cut-outs for your photo booth

We've long loved the idea of having far-flung guests or pets cameo at your reception with cut-outs of their faces. It's pretty easy: a print-out, a craft stick, and some glue. But what if you want a BIG face instead? You might see them at concerts and of course, in photo booths!

Big cardboard head cut-outs are easy enough to make if you've got the time and aren't already overburdened with DIY projects. Here's how to make cardboard face cut-outs…

Googly eye shoes hack keeps all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)

So you want to quirk the crap out of your shoes somehow? Make them stand out and draw the eye? Nothing draws the eye (and tickles the funny bone) quite like googly eyes, right? Let your shoe freak flag fly with a pair of google eye shoes. Here's how to easily DIY your own pair of google eye shoes to keep all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)…

Whether gift or decor, these DIY embroidered vintage photos are AWESOME

I once found an old photo album at a thrift store and I remember feeling captivated looking through the photos of those strangers' lives. The last photo I saw was a wedding photo. Since then I've had a fascination with vintage photos as well as incorporating something of myself creatively, like weaving myself into the scene in a way. So I tried embroidering right onto a copy of the photo!

I could see these DIY embroidered vintage photos as a beautiful gift for an engaged couple, a creative way to display your own family wedding photos, or as lovely wedding decor and centerpieces.

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Meet the BWPFFs: Best wedding photographer friends forever

In all my years writing about wedding photography, I've seen a lot about married couple teams, but this is my first time highlighting a a photography business made up of two best friends! Our sponsor M.Studios is the Rhode Island wedding photography team, comprised of besties Melissa and Marisa. (Seriously? That's adorable.) Even cooler than that… they have a special discount just for our readers.

Burlesque bachelorette party: boas, gloves, and good times

You guys, we're coming into bachelorette and hen party season, which means that we know some of you are like, "Wait, what are the options for NON-penis cake bachelorette parties? Are there bachelorette party games and activities that don't involve bars?" (No shame in penis cakes or bars, of course. I mean, I personally love a good penis cake. And a good bar.)

BUT! Seattle and Puget Sound area folks! You've got an amazing bachelorette party alternative — and it's one I even have very first-person experience with: The Academy of Burlesque.

Time to add ALL THE CAT THINGS to your wedding registry

There's a cat version of everything because there are so many kick-ass cat ladies and dudes like myself who want ALL THE CAT REGISTRY GIFTS. All of 'em. All the cats. We've rounded up some of our favorite cat registry gifts for your ailurophile wedding registry including wine bottle stoppers, LED lights, mugs, magnets, shark cat beds, cat ice cube trays, kitchen timers, and many more kitty-loving items.

Let's get to shopping RIGHT MEOW…

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