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Wedding Planning 101

You’ve just gotten engaged and don’t know where to start. Here are some wedding planning basics to get you started in planning your alternative wedding with Offbeat Wed!

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A guide to planning a non-traditional wedding

Offbeat nearlyweds with no clue where to start with their planning… listen up! Reverend Katherine Dupree has shared this guide for planning a non-traditional wedding, with five important steps to consider as you start your planning process!

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Accessible weddings with less stress

Will your wedding be accessible? Maybe it should be, even if you and your partner don’t have disabilities. Chances are good that someone in your wedding party or on your guest list does, even if it’s not a visible disability. Let us share less-stress tricks for accessible weddings.

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Hyphenated last names — the practical stuff

Torn between hyphenated last names and changing your name when you get married? Offbeat Brides share some of the IRL consequences of hyphenating their own names, or their kids’ names.

I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I’m not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I’m already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

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9 hidden benefits of hiring a day-of coordinator (that I learned at my wedding!)

You’re in the thick of wedding planning and it’s starting to get hairy. Maybe you’ve hired an event planner, maybe a day-of coordinator, maybe a friend willing to lend a hand, or maybe you’re going hard at it by yourself. If you’re in the latter two camps, you may be thinking, “do I need to hire a day-of coordinator?”

Here are a few of the benefits, hidden and otherwise, that I discovered when I hired a day-of coordinator for my wedding…

Eco-friendly wedding: 5 ways to save the planet (& your wallet!) while wedding planning

5 ways to save the planet (& your wallet!) while wedding planning

Trying to find sustainable solutions for an eco-friendly wedding isn’t always easy, especially when you’re on a budget and trying not to over-complicate things. But hosting an eco-conscious event doesn’t have to be impossible. And making sustainable choices isn’t just for tree-huggers.

Here are five Earth-friendly ideas that won’t put any additional burden on your wallet or your special day…