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ways not to announce your engagement alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

5 ways NOT to announce your engagement on social media (in GIFs)

It’s the start of the holiday season. You’re full of tryptophan and ready for a nap. OR you’re totally celebrating your freshly diamond-ed finger because your spouse (or you!) has just proposed. It’s the holidays, love is in the air. It’s engagement season, y’all.

If this is you, CONGRATS! We’re so happy for you! And we want all your friends and family to be happy, too. So here are five ways NOT to announce your engagement on social media so you don’t wreck all the fun with your wild antics.

instagram is my happy place @offbeatbride alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

The surprising ways I’m using Instagram to plan a wedding

A lot has changed since I planned a wedding eight years ago. Mostly… Instagram’s existence. It’s my favorite social media platform, for keeping up with friends and sharing my own life. But it’s also been surprisingly helpful for wedding planning!

Have you checked out any wedding tags on Instagram? The #offbeatbride hashtag itself will send you down an endless rabbit hole of wedding inspiration. In a few seconds I went from scrolling, to clicking on a cool looking dress and discovering a new designer…

Why I'm keeping my wedding photos to myself

Why I’m keeping my wedding photos to myself (& off social media!)

Inviting people to your wedding who take blurry camera phone pictures of your first dance and your cake cutting and then put them on Facebook is the first lesson in wedding humility, letting your vanity go in cringe-inducing waves of overly indulgent boob shots and bad camera angles. The thing is, though, that I don’t owe my social media community anything more than that. After all, I am just a normal, average person. Our most extraordinary day was a mere blip on my newsfeed map, but for me, it was so much more than that; it was the start to a lifelong journey of which I can only hope to be nothing but happiness.

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How to stream your wedding with Facebook Live (UPDATED FOR 2020!)

The idea of streaming your wedding day to the interwebs isn’t new. Friends and family who can’t physically attend your wedding for whatever reason can tune in via the internet and experience the ceremony in real-time — from anywhere in the world! Here’s how to stream your wedding on Facebook Live.

iphone wedding alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Essential unplugged wedding tips from real couples who went device-free

Have you been down with the unplugged wedding concept yet? If you’ve ever wanted to avoid a thousand iPhones hovering in front of your highly paid pro photographer, you’ve likely considered it. The biggest reason, in our eyes, of asking guests to be nice and turn off the device is to make sure they’re actually present. It’s super easy to get tugged into tagging photos or liking others while you’re trying to convey your love and commitment. We decided to follow up with some readers who chose to go unplugged to see how it all went. They shared unplugged wedding tips including some logistics, some successes, and one or two tiny regrets.

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Offbeat Evening: Happy instagramming, happy 8th anniversary, and a call for poly weddings

Oh hi there. It’s me, Ariel! Your friendly publisher of Offbeat Bride. Good evening! I’m sure y’all are all snuggled onto your couches, tucked between Netflix and a loved one, second screening away… well, ME TOO! So, from my couch to yours, I wanted to share the things I saw online today that made me happy, just like this dancing guy. Why? Just because.