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Offbeat Wed and its founder Ariel Meadow Stallings have been featured by the New York Times, NPR, the Today Show, CNN, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and many more. Take a look at how mainstream news media tries to wrap its brain around nontraditional weddings.

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Can I have an LGBTQ-friendly Florida wedding?

Politically, things in Florida are a mess which leaves local wedding vendors and queer soonlyweds questioning the state of LGBTQ-friendly weddings in Florida. Let’s talk about the current climate, how it affects LGBTQ-friendly Florida weddings, and ways to support queer folks in the Sunshine State.

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Offbeat Wed in the New York Times: How to Find Wedding Vendors That Celebrate Inclusion

I was interviewed recently for a story in the New York Times about how to find inclusive wedding vendors who align with your values. I hate that the 2023 Supreme Court ruling made this issue something that we need to talk about, but I’m honored to get to speak up on behalf of those of us in the wedding industry willing to take a strong stance around inclusivity.

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Our thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court ruling is making us rage, but I want to say this: I follow a lot of wedding accounts on social (like, a LOT). Offbeat Wed vendors are often the folks who loudly and proudly advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and other historically marginalized communities. I see it in their portfolios, in their marketing, and in their actions.

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The NSFW wedding photo that blew the internet’s mind

Did y’all catch the wedding that blew up (hee hee) the interwebs last week? Of COURSE when a news source wants to talk about a blow job wedding photo they hit up Offbeat Bride for a quote. And man, did Ariel give them a mouthful (hee hee)…

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Offbeat Bride on Labels of Love

Philosopher Carrie Jenkins recently interviewed me for her podcast, Labels of Love. In the six-minute segment, I talk about people’s concerns over both halves of the Offbeat Bride name (there are problems with OFFBEAT and problems with BRIDE!), as well as why people prioritize wedding photography so much. The piece finishes a discussion of my work on my second book, and why I hope no one ever needs to read it.

Gifts, loans, and student debt: wedding budget advice

Gifts, loans, and student debt: the importance of being clear about money

Ariel was recently quoted in an “Ask Brianna” article over here. The issue was how can someone pay for a wedding while they’re really trying to pay down their student loans at the same time. It’s a sticky issue with the hugely rising costs of college AND weddings.

Here’s what Ariel had to say about communication regarding financing with your family.