outdoor winter elopement Broadly Entertaining10 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

This outdoor winter elopement will make you reconsider your summer wedding

We’ve all heard of couples eloping to a tropical island… but how about an outdoor winter elopement to a frozen lake? Chia Yen and Kuo-Chieh welcomed the adventure (proposed by our friends at Broadly Entertaining) – despite never having seen snow before! Let’s see this wintery wonderland through their eyes.

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This colorful DIY outdoor wedding had a kintsugi unity ceremony

We absolutely love the way Sara and Jared broke the mold with their wedding details – from their colorful outfits to the DIY elements. But they didn’t just break tradition at their wedding… just wait until you see how they started off their marriage with a CRASH (in the best way).

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When your wedding theme is JENNIFER COOLIDGE

Christopher and Joshua had a gloriously colorful wedding in the heart of New York City. Wait until you see how a subtle Jennifer Coolidge theme showed up throughout the day (we’re going to be talking forever about that cake), and how Jennifer herself blessed their union!

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A pink wedding dress and men’s updos gave this wedding reception some stand-out style

Chloe and Moose know that it’s never too late to celebrate love. They legally tied the knot in 2021 but decided to hold a reception in late 2022 to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. Before the reception, they had gorgeous photos taken (captured by Dutcher Photography) surrounded by wildflowers in a spot already special to them – the same place they took their “Yay, we’re married!” photos earlier that year. We can’t decide what we love more about this wedding… the pink wedding dress or the men’s updos (yes, you read that right).

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The teal velvet suit at this queer winter garden wedding is seriously fire

Winter weddings are WAY underrated, in our opinion, and this queer winter garden wedding is all the proof we need. By choosing a plant nursery as their venue, Erin and Annie were able to achieve a natural, outdoorsy vibe many people might think isn’t possible for a wintertime ceremony, but these photos from Events by Merida prove them all wrong!

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A black wedding dress takes this intimate mountain elopement to new heights

It’s not often we hear about an elopement that happens after a bigger ceremony, but this couple is reminding us what Offbeat Wed is all about: when it comes to your wedding, the only rule is to stay true to who you are and what you want. Kristen and Casey had already had a ceremony in Illinois with their loved ones in attendance when they whisked each other away to the gorgeous peaks of Colorado for a more intimate mountain elopement ceremony.

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