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Tame your grabby hands while we share this show-stopping wedding fashion inspiration

I wanted to end the year with a bang and pull together some of the BEST wedding fashion inspiration we could find from some of our best and most stylish vendors. They decided to blow our ever-loving minds with stunning dresses, dapper AF suits, handmade crowns, masks, custom suits, hand-painted shoes, dresses made from vintage tablecloths, and even dinosaur purses.

I've got some serious grabby hands going on for these dresses, suits, and accessories. It's time to feast your eyes on this smorgasbord of fashion…

Praise hands for the mad skills of this Washington DC photographer (and snag a discount!)

Devon's been our girl for SO long now that her stellar work is peppered throughout our site practically everywhere. From snazzy shoes shots to photography as art roundups, you'll find examples of her work and how much she adores working with offbeat couples all over.

Y'all want some proof that our sponsor and Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC photographer Devon Rowland will rock not only your portraits, but the whole story of your wedding day?

A nature-inspired mountain wedding with lots of Bowie

"We wanted things to feel as natural as possible. I believe the words 'Middle-earth' were thrown out a few times when we were thinking about our ideal vibe. We found the perfect venue in the North Carolina mountains…" This lush nature-inspired mountain wedding had everything we love: fab outfits, great hair, and a sound message that it's totally okay to be overwhelmed about wedding planning. Let's see how this awesome pair overcame their worries and rocked the wedding hard…

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Tame your grabby hands while we share this show-stopping wedding fashion inspiration

I wanted to end the year with a bang and pull together some of the BEST wedding fashion inspiration we could find from some of our best and most stylish vendors. They decided to blow our ever-loving minds with stunning dresses, dapper AF suits, handmade crowns, masks, custom suits, hand-painted shoes, dresses made from vintage tablecloths, and even dinosaur purses.

I've got some serious grabby hands going on for these dresses, suits, and accessories. It's time to feast your eyes on this smorgasbord of fashion…

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A rustic Northern California wedding with Southern flair (and a spectacular gray dress!)

With two very nontraditional people, we decided to highlight aspects of our specific tastes and lives. All the bridesmaids had floral dresses of their own choosing, and the groomsmen all had floral ties of their choosing (and one female groomsmen picked her own floral dress as well). Vegan, gluten-free Southern cuisine was served along with local Northern California wines and beers.

Enter to snag $300(!) towards save-the-dates, invitations, and more from Minted

When it comes to the paper products we love: invitations, save-the-dates, programs, menus, etc. there's too much awesomeness to covet. It's amazing having those tangible items to remember the day, too. Best news? We're here with a giveaway for $300 towards purchases from one of our favorite partners, Minted. Here's how to enter to win it AND a few of our favorite save-the-dates from Minted (from their NEW 2018 collection!) to get you brainstorming…

YES, we will marry this Harry Potter proposal (with wands, robes, and the Unbreakable Vow!)

Fenil surprised Isha with a Harry Potter proposal while on vacation in New Orleans and we could not love it more. They traveled from their home in Boston for a holiday in NOLA and Fenil squirreled away some wands, wizard robes, and other Hogwarts-style goodies to make the proposal ultra magical. Raise your hand if you'd make the Unbreakable Vow with this Harry Potter-themed proposal…

Offbeat wedding night lingerie for steamy, romantic, and geeky sexytimes

Real talk: the wedding night is NO guarantee of actual wedding night nookie. You're far more likely to be super exhausted and ready to snooze. Regardless, we are not going to pass up an opportunity to enhance our booty short coffers with more cute, sexy, and downright geeky wedding night lingerie when we see it.

Let's shop some of our favorite brands for offbeat lingerie (most with extended sizes up to 6X!)…

Recent Real Weddings

A nature-inspired mountain wedding with lots of Bowie

"We wanted things to feel as natural as possible. I believe the words 'Middle-earth' were thrown out a few times when we were thinking about our ideal vibe. We found the perfect venue in the North Carolina mountains…" This lush nature-inspired mountain wedding had everything we love: fab outfits, great hair, and a sound message that it's totally okay to be overwhelmed about wedding planning. Let's see how this awesome pair overcame their worries and rocked the wedding hard…

Recent Advice

Badass winter wedding woollies that won't kill your style vibe

We've featured some lovely winter wedding woollies for cold wedding days, but there were a lot of white, pinks, and overall prettiness that just isn't for everyone. What if you're less snow queen and more snow VALKYRIE?! There are a whole lot of options for a darker, more badass look while you're tromping through the snow or chill.

From sleek black shawls to fantasy capes to long leather gloves, these aren't your average winter wedding accessories…

Check out this gender-neutral "love for everyone" alternative bouquet toss

Julia and Ben had a wedding in Berkeley with a taco buffet, sangria, homemade beer, and rainbow bridesmaids. But one detail we (and the bride!) hardcore loved was her "love for everyone" alternative bouquet toss. It was inclusive, full of sentiment and gratitude for everyone, and just a rad way to celebrate the guests without weirding anyone out with categories or gender or single/married people. Want to hear about it? Here's what Julia told us about it…

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3 reasons to book a mini-moon after the wedding

"Mini-moon" is millennial-shorthand for a quick trip taken immediately following the wedding, putting off a longer, more far-flung honeymoon for a later date. While it may start off as a plan B for couples who run out of time or money planning their wedding day, there are plenty of reasons to recommend the mini-moon in its own right. Based on my own recent experience, the mini-moon is an once-in-a-lifetime bit of magic not to be missed. Here's why…

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A few reasons Neil Gaiman totally gets love (including a NEW Gaiman wedding reading!)

If you know about writer and novelist Neil Gaiman, you already know that he's a super cool human whose talent for the written word knows no bounds. His friends have tapped him to write something poignant for their weddings. We've seen the results of that endeavor and it's MAGICAL. Gaiman added a newly written wedding reading to his personal site recently that we loved and we couldn't resist using it as an excuse to round up our faves.

Here are some of our favorite Neil Gaiman wedding readings, including his NEW ONE! Spoiler: it's about how he totally doesn't know anything about love (but he actually totally does)…

Recent DIY

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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Praise hands for the mad skills of this Washington DC photographer (and snag a discount!)

Devon's been our girl for SO long now that her stellar work is peppered throughout our site practically everywhere. From snazzy shoes shots to photography as art roundups, you'll find examples of her work and how much she adores working with offbeat couples all over.

Y'all want some proof that our sponsor and Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC photographer Devon Rowland will rock not only your portraits, but the whole story of your wedding day?

Dark Garden Corsetry: not all dark, and not just corsets!

Despite their name, San Francisco's legendary Dark Garden Corsetry isn't dark at all — it's a gorgeous light-filled space — and it's NOT just about corsets. They've got bras and dresses and accessories and and and SO MUCH EYE CANDY.

Since I already have a Dark Garden corset, on my most recent visit I decided to poke into their NON-corsetry products, and dear lawd…

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The most non-basic engagement rings you won't find at the mall

We're here today to talk about rings you'll NEVER see at the mall or your chain jewelry store. These are the most non-basic rings y'all will ever see. From custom-cut gemstones to diamonds surrounded by black ceramic (WUT) to sandblasted gold, these are some of the most unique, most intriguing, and most gorgeous rings we've ever seen.

Let's get to the bling!

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!

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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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