Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

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Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials. So, she chose to take a walk off the beaten aisle and embrace the non-traditional bride within. Through trial and error, Ariel and her fiancée managed to crank out a budget wedding with all-night dancing, guests toasting champagne in mismatched mugs, gorgeous gardens, no monogrammed napkins, no garter, no bridesmaids, and ...

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Overview

Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials. So, she chose to take a walk off the beaten aisle and embrace the non-traditional bride within. Through trial and error, Ariel and her fiancée managed to crank out a budget wedding with all-night dancing, guests toasting champagne in mismatched mugs, gorgeous gardens, no monogrammed napkins, no garter, no bridesmaids, and lots of lesbians. Shortly after her 2004 matrimony, Ariel began searching for other brides whose ceremonies defied age-old tradition and reflected who they are. From there, she developed the idea for a guide for the offbeat couple.

Offbeat Bride serves as an inspiration for those who are interested in a vegan buffet, avoiding bouquet tossing, doing away with the elitist guest list and being a control freak without becoming a Bridezilla. Filled with sidebars, tips, tricks and planner encouragement (all taffeta-free) to help you figure out your special day, this book sees couples through the wedding process from ideas on how to announce their engagement to answering the question, “So, how’s married life?” and everything in between.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051804
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bride
Otherwise Engaged
The Pressure & The Proposal: Knowing When (& Whether) to Say "I Do"     6
Okay, Fine: We're Getting Married: Broadcasting the News via Phone, Email, Blog, Smoke Signal, etc.     12
Location, Location, Location: Picking the Where & When of the Wedding     17
Save the Date Cards: STD: An Acronym from a Simpler Time     22
One Ring to Rule Them All: Who Knew One Piece of Jewelry Could Be So Loaded?     26
Let's Get This Party Started (Or Not): Bridesboys, Groomsgirls & Wedding Parties     30
www.ourweddingfaq.com: Behold the "Wedsite" & Online Nuptials Planning Evidence of a Twenty-First-Century Wedding     34
Vanity, Fashion & Other Things We Shouldn't Care About
The Princess Industry: Are You High Maintenance?     42
Clothes for Her: On Pouf Dresses & Barefootedness     48
Clothes for Him: Thinking Outside the Tux Box     53
Here, Wear This: Dictating Fashion to Guests, Friends & Family     57
In the Thick of It
I Am Woman, Hear me Order Monogrammed Napkins: Is "Feminist Wedding Planner" an Oxymoron? How to Deal with Your Impending Bridentity Crisis     64
Offbeat Grooms: Wedding Gender Egalitarianism Is Hard, Even When He's a Bigger Feminist Than You     68
It Takes aVillage: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Vendors?     72
The Swag, Part 1: Invitations & RSVPS: How to Run Your Own Decorative-Paper Sweatshop...or Say "Fuck It" & Use Email     78
The Swag, Part 2: Marital Marketing: Programs, Favors & Other Bridal Branding     83
Fork It Over: Wrangling a Registry, Online or Off     88
The Guest List: Feeling Like the Bouncer of Your Own Elitist Nightclub     92
Decor Fetishist: Getting from Here to Pretty Without Tripping Over Your Taste     97
Prefunk: Cloudy with a Chance of Showers, Bachelorette Parties & Other Excuses for Penis Cakes     101
The Trifecta of Wedding Conflict: Loved Ones, Ceremony & Sanity
Conflict Mediation: Using Therapy-Speak to Smooth Things Over     106
Ceremony Without Sanctimony: Building Tradition from the Ground Up     109
Can I Borrow Your Yarmulke?: Blending Traditions & Why the Seven Steps, Hand-Fasting & the Blood of Christ Aren't Mutually Exclusive     114
Whose Wedding Is This?: Battling Over Ownership of Your Nuptials     119
Wrestling Down the Aisle: Examining That Whole "Dad Gives You Away" Concept     125
Staying Sane: How to Keep Your Proverbial Shit Together     130
The Wedding Itself
Thanks for Coming, Here's Your Campsite!: And Other Creative Guest Accommodations      136
The Night Before: To Rehearse or Recreate? That Is the Question     140
Who the Hell are All These People?: Getting to Know Your Guests     145
The Paparazzi: Hiring Your Own Stalker So You Can Live the Dream of Being a Celeb for a Day     149
Holy Fuck, It's Actually Happening: Months of Planning Lead Up to Two Words: "I Do"     154
Let Us Feed You: Yes, Carnivores, It's a Vegan Buffet     158
Toasted or Burnt?: Slurred Well-Wishings and Other Dangerous Proclamations     162
The Sugar High: Getting Your Friends & Family Hooked on a Dangerous Drug: Cake     166
Duck!: What Happens When No One Wants to Catch the Bouquet     170
Just Say No to the Village People: The Role of Rhythm (or Arrhythmia) in the Contemporary Wedding Ceremony     174
Yours, Mine, Ours: The Ins & Outs of Wedding Sex     180
As the Dust Settles
Booty, Part 1: The Honeymoon: Nonvirgins Have Way More Fun     186
Booty, Part 2: The Gifts: Wading Through Blenders, Toasters & Acres of Thank You Cards     190
A Rose by Any Other Name: The Conundrum of Picking a Last Name     194
Postweddin' Depression: How to Cope Once the Tiara Is Put into Storage     199
Getting Wifed: The Answer to the Question "So, How's Married Life?"      202
Epilogue: The Wedding That Never Ends
Meet the Offbeat Brides (& A Few Grooms)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    a wedding book that is like a best friend

    I just got this book, and I just love it. I live in very lame and about as non off-beat as you can get Springfield Illinois, Not a lot here to give me ideas for an alternative to a cookie-cutter wedding. I am young (just shy of 19) and overwhelmed even at these very beginning stages of planning, especially since what I want is anything but typical. I frequently browse the wedding section at Barnes and Noble and I picked the book up on a whim (hey nothing else has worked yet, and the title seems to fit). I was flipping through it , and wasn't done with it when it was time to go, so I bought it, just to check it out a bit more (because well if it didn't work out I could return it because there is nothing more depressing than 15 unused wedding books on your shelf so if it isn't right don't keep it) anyway I got home and much to my surprise and amazement i had it halfway read before bed. It felt like having a best friend by my side who had already been through the trouble and pain and knew all the best tricks. I love the personal anecdotes and the very helpful advice on just everything. I am happy to say that not only will I be keeping this book, but I will be buying it for everyone I know who is planning an offbeat wedding, because this book rocks my socks. It brought wedding planning to a level of pure enjoyment for me.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Enjoyable, real, fun, easy read!

    Love this book! I rarely read (even a magazine), but this book held my attention each day in a fabulous way! Great ideas, enthusiastic about each bride's own individuality, helpful hints, full of personality! I was constantly spouting excerpts to my friends, family and boyfriend. Or chuckling to myself while reading, and making notes. I will re-read this when I plan my own wedding, and recommend this to friends. I would have absolutely given this book a 5 Star rating, EXCEPT "Part 6- As the Dust Settles" lost steam. I don't know what happened, but the writing became less lively or enthused and seemed to be, I don't know, missing something that the other 5 Parts had made me so adoring. Though, with an excited smile, I would still gladly put this book in a friend's hand!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Something Different!

    By far my favorite wedding book, and I bought quite a few! Excellent for those of us who are enthusiastic about having a wedding, but uneasy about the bridal-industrial complex and its traditional pastels, inflated prices, and antiquated ideas. Plus, I love a book that's sprinkled with unexpected irreverence, profanity, and witticism.

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