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I'm a wedding planner who eloped and I don't regret it at all

At first, I was thinking of inviting family, friends, out-of-town relatives — you know, the typical thoughts that run through some people's head after a proposal. Then, I had a totally unexpected idea. Why don't we elope? I was at the time of my life where I didn't care to spend a ton of money on a wedding and I had no desire to. But what do my wedding planning couples think now?

LGBTQ? Poly? Kinky? None of the above? This inclusive wedding photographer is your vendor soulmate

Longtime sponsor Austin-based Madelinne Grey Photography is one of those super special, so hard to find wedding photographers who just meshes so well with offbeat and traditional couples alike. She's partnered with us for YEARS, is an inclusive wedding photographer, was an Offbeat Bride herself, and kills it with wedding photography and lifestyle photography.

Oh, and she's got a big ol' discount for Offbeat Bride readers because she loves y'all the most!

Black outfits and ring tattoos at this Boston City Hall elopement

Kathleen and Eric scrapped their traditional wedding plan and decided to get married at Boston City Hall on a warm October day, have their favorite artist tattoo their rings, and celebrate with drinks at a bar. And this suited Kat and Eric way better — the ones who love shopping for spooky things in Salem, drinking good beer, and walking through the woods together.

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10 reasons wedding drip cakes are a most lavishly delicious trend

I have a special place in my heart for wedding cake trends (naked cakes! pop culture cakes! literal cheese cakes!). That's why I always love seeing what new trends are popping up. It seems that drip cakes are making a comeback, which we LOVE.

Here are some of the more offbeat drip cakes we could find, with rainbows, caramel, pastels, sprinkles, popcorn, and even fake blood for Halloween. Let's get drippy with it!

16 reasons we are obsessed with the hanging flower decor trend

We're seeing all kinds of flowers turned upside down as hanging flower decor. We've seen it in garland form as ceremony backdrops, over sweetheart tables, hanging on walls, and of course, as reception decor all over the place. Plus, you can pull it all down and hang it up in your living room. Here are loads of ideas for hanging flowers and greenery damn near everywhere at your wedding (plus a couple to fake it out!)…

Here's why wedding photography can absolutely be transcendent art

We've talked to a lot of photographers who love to stretch their artistic muscles and push boundaries in their art. There's skill in finding those shots that have the Golden Ratio or that channel the Fibonacci Sequence. The photo that transcends into art due to a interesting composition, magical color combinations, or, let's face it, mad skills in Photoshop.

We reached out to our stellar vendor community to see what kinds of wedding photography as art we could showcase. They did NOT disappoint.

"Sweet you rock & sweet you roll" at this sweets inspired wedding inspiration

This gorgeous couple was celebrating their 15-year wedding anniversary and hadn't had a wedding photographer at their own wedding all those years ago. It was time to remedy that with this music and sweets inspired wedding inspiration featuring custom drinks, a cute sweetheart table, and a seriously awesome and elaborate ice cream cart(!) and cake table.

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Black outfits and ring tattoos at this Boston City Hall elopement

Kathleen and Eric scrapped their traditional wedding plan and decided to get married at Boston City Hall on a warm October day, have their favorite artist tattoo their rings, and celebrate with drinks at a bar. And this suited Kat and Eric way better — the ones who love shopping for spooky things in Salem, drinking good beer, and walking through the woods together.

We are reeling at this stunning Las Vegas wedding drenched in pink

When we saw this stunning pink Las Vegas wedding, it was as if cotton candy clouds had descended on us and we jumped right into it. Immerse yourself in the fluffy pink goodness: the kicky pink dress, the flamingo shoes, the retro-styled pink hair, and the sweet-as-hell pink cake. The groom, Mike, looked fab, the bride, Karen, was ROCKING her whole look, and we are done in by the fabulousness of it all.

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Get lost in the dark dreaminess of this elegant atmospheric wedding

Just wait until you see the lacy black dress (with matching dress on her daughter!), the deep red floral decor, the GORGEOUS ceremony space with string lights and candles everywhere, and the glam AF gold and black wedding cake. It's like our darkest, dreamiest fantasies have come to life at this super lovely and atmospheric wedding that was totally authentic to the couple.

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Are my slacker bridesmaids dropping the ball or is it me?

I am feeling overwhelmed, angry, sad, and just not looking forward to my wedding. It has been nothing but pulling teeth for me to get literally everyone to do their part. I have gotten our parents and my fiancé to understand that they need to do their part, but my bridesmaids have been twiddling their thumbs.

Have I not been stressing the importance of these little things? How do I tell people I want them more active and to do their job without being a bridezilla?

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How to make a kick-ass vegan s'mores station for your wedding

Since we had a butt-ton of vegans at our wedding, we made sure that they could have one awesome wedding s'mores station experience.

What I learned is that vegan s'mores are just as yummy and sometimes even better in some ways. Here's everything you'll need for your s'mores station…

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This bride altered her original wedding gown for her gorgeous vow renewal

My husband, Anindeep, and I came to our tenth wedding anniversary very much different people than we were so long ago, now personally and emotionally more enriched. We decided a vow renewal was necessary to celebrate ourselves in this new chapter in realizing our individual selves and expressing our togetherness more meaningfully to each other.

Photography (duh) and fashion are priorities for me, so with NO attire budget and exponentially growing dressmaking skills, I suddenly found the confidence to alter my own wedding gown.

How to make antiqued paper for your historical or fantasy wedding

We're getting married next month and having a pirate-themed wedding. Any bits of paper we needed (whether invitations, signs, or treasure-hunt clues) I decided to make look old and pirate-y.

This technique would also be great for medieval, historical, steampunk, fantasy, or Victorian themes. Some of you may have done something like this at school, but this is such a simple yet effective bit of DIY I just had to share it!

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LGBTQ? Poly? Kinky? None of the above? This inclusive wedding photographer is your vendor soulmate

Longtime sponsor Austin-based Madelinne Grey Photography is one of those super special, so hard to find wedding photographers who just meshes so well with offbeat and traditional couples alike. She's partnered with us for YEARS, is an inclusive wedding photographer, was an Offbeat Bride herself, and kills it with wedding photography and lifestyle photography.

Oh, and she's got a big ol' discount for Offbeat Bride readers because she loves y'all the most!

Here's the trick to making wedding music choices SO much easier

Raise your hand if you're already overwhelmed trying to build your wedding playlist. You know you've got some favorite songs, but can't for the life of you remember what they are or which ones would make a good processional, first dance, and a billion other moments where music just makes the moment. That's why we are SO pumped that we partnered with My Wedding Songs to make playlist building so.much.easier.

When you need the most offbeat-friendly wedding planner, Maven Macaw Events is your jam

Our wedding planning genius pal Beca Oliveira has been planning real weddings for offbeat couples since 2009 (and planning them even longer in her head!). The thing about a wedding planner is that they HAVE to understand you and your vision. If they don't, it can be a total mismatch. That's why we LURVE seeing how weddings from Beca's event planning company, Maven Macaw Events, turn out. They're always the events you wish you had attended.

This seriously skilled documentary photographer may be your ninja photographer bestie

Anyone who hires Deb is likely digging her documentary photography style, just like we do. And with good reason: she's done a LOT of documentary and editorial projects. She's got a breadth of photography experience that expands much farther than just weddings. She's even worked as an event photographer and as set photographer for television and indie movies.

Here are a few reasons we heart Deb Huber and why you will, too…

The magic that makes handmade wedding rings become heirlooms

Looking at engagement rings and wedding bands can be an exercise in sameness. And if there's anything we know about offbeat couples, it's that they are into something different and something authentic to them. That's why we get a little giddy when we find a jeweler that goes above and beyond to make customized handmade wedding rings and jewelry for couples who want something that isn't the same old thing. And we're extra giddy for our partner Hunt Country Jewelers.

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This wedding is super gay! 5 ways to make your wedding gay as hell

It's Pride Month, y'all, and everyone should be giving props to the LGBTQ community and their weddings. Well, not everyone.

Some folks have concerns about the concept of a "gay wedding" because hey: aren't they just weddings? We get that, of course, but we feature some weddings where couples themselves VERY specifically want to embrace their wedding AND its gayness. So if you're into self-identified Very Very Gay Weddings, this roundup of ideas is for yooooou!

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