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budget savvy: ​three top wedding planners lend their expertise to tackle your biggest budget conundrums. 


“Don’t reinvent the wheel—ask your vendors and friends for ideas and help on items that you want to find inexpensively. Your vendors do this frequently and can often help you find creative ways to solve your budgeting problems,” suggests wedding planner Rebecca Iverson of Sane Weddings (formerly Blush Celebrations).

Those of you follow Offbeat Bride's Instagram Stories may have seen some sneak peeks from this shoot in Seattle, but now you can scroll through the complete dopamine-driven vision that came to fruition in this gender fluid science-themed wedding inspiration.

It's our FAVORITE time of year: Halloween wedding season! Never do we get to see the level of hilarity, absurdity, spookiness, and sheer dark glam as we do in these fall months. We tapped into our network of Offbeat Vendors to see if we could roundup some fresh and new Halloween wedding details to share for inspiration in these last few weeks before your own Halloween wedding… or just for your enjoyment of the spooky and macabre… 

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Turquoise and antlers and feathers, oh my! This desert elopement shoot is the ultimate wedding inspiration for stylishly free-spirited couples. The floral and décor gurus of Fleurt Weddings rounded up Washington’s best vendors to build an elopement shoot that shows off the most popular eclectic boho trends like sexy bridal separates, edgy leather details, and chic turquoise jewelry. From a sweet ceremony under a birch arch to a musical serenade outside of a vintage bus, this trendy shoot photographed by Tiarra Sorte proves that you don’t need to have a big event to achieve the alternative desert wedding of your dreams! | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

A light-up dress. A blinking tie clip. Centerpieces filled with D20 dice. Chicken and waffles on the menu. Kaylee’s parasol. A Minecraft cake so epic the guests didn’t even realize it was cake. Mario and Luigi as ring bearers. Guests in costumes. A grand entrance through a giant Stargate. This geeky video game-themed wedding is an explosion of nerdy goodness. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

“Our relationship has always been based in fun, play and adventure,” says Danielle “Bitsy” Littlefield. “That was really important for us to share with our guests.” She and Tryg Littlefield were married on May 9, 2015, at the Centralia Square Grand Ballroom. With 200 guests to witness their loving commitment, the couple wanted a classic feel, but a less traditional celebration — more of a big party. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post in both the print and online versions.

There are so many things about our next wedding submission that made the whole thing incredibly spectacular, beautiful, and wonderfully unique! Anna and Brooks are not your average couple, so neither was their wedding average. With so many similar passions and great loves, it was only easy for them to decide exactly what they wanted their wedding to focus on…them. What’s a better theme for a wedding than the couple who is getting married!?

Pages from their favourite novels were used to create the lovely table runner, and were used as a great alternative to traditional florals. Handcrafted, various pages were used to make some incredibly stunning bouquets and boutonnieres. Not only did this create one of a kind pieces, but made some great keepsakes that really will last a lifetime. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

To help navigate, we asked two wedding planners—from opposite ends of the country and with fairly different clientele—how they keep things under budget. Molly McKinley, owner and senior planner at Molly McKinley Designs in Atlanta, has been featured in Southern Weddings and Occasions. Rebecca Iverson, of Seattle-based Blush Celebrations, works with couples who are more “nontraditional, which is the world I prefer to live in as well.” | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

So your best friend has just asked you to be his best man. Congratulations! Except now you’re struggling to think of some creative bachelor party ideas to fête the groom. No sweat—we’ve rounded up a few that skip the usual booze fest in favor of something more enticing. Start thinking outside the box, because our bachelor party ideas have more going for them than a guaranteed hangover. (Though if that’s your thing, go for it.) | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

You’ve recently been appointed maid of honor, and you’re looking for creative bachelorette party ideas to toast your bride-to-be BFF. Consider ditching the usual night of barhopping and get creative instead. After all, not everyone wants to spend the night drinking margaritas out of a penis straw while wearing a sparkly tiara. There are plenty of nontraditional bachelorette party ideas that promise to please bridal crews of all stripes. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

The Pacific Northwest inspired wedding couldn't get much sweeter, especially with the classic love story "girl from the big city meets boy from a small town".  Every detail of this wedding, captured by Jeff & Amanda Photography and Films, feels authentic and meaningful, from the thank you cards placed at each setting to the message-in-a-bottle guest book. Held at Woodland Meadow Farms, it's laid-back and light-hearted with an edge of sophistication. We're loving the bride's classic silk dress and, oh, those Jimmy Choo's! Of course, it wouldn't be a Northwest wedding without a little rain, but that adorable bubble umbrella is the perfect accessory to the bride's polished look. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

Anastasia and Colin proved that opposite personalities attract when they met through mutual friends from college. Anastasia was an organizer and Colin was carefree, but their differences complimented each other and shared a strong love for their families. When Anastasia and Colin went to the Washington coast to collect seashells one day, Colin pretended to bend down and collect a piece of sea glass. Instead, he picked up a gorgeous engagement ring and asked for Anastasia’s hand in marriage. The couple wanted to incorporate their proposal into the wedding, so they chose to have their nautical-themed wedding ceremony and reception at the Rosehill Community Center that overlooked the Puget Sound, the Mukilteo Lighthouse and the Whidbey Ferry. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

Colin and Anastasia love hanging out at the beach so much that they decided to have a nautical themed wedding. For a pop of color, they incorporated navy blue, white and orange on their special day. Anastasia also wanted a vintage glam for their wedding, that explained some of the non-nautical decors you see. The weather was beautiful, it went well for the day. I love the cute orange lanterns along the ceremony aisle, a perfect combination with the grass and rose petals. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

Tracie Howe Photography and some other Seattle, Washington wedding vendors collaborated to bring you some utterly fabulous vintage travel wedding ideas. From the ceremony to the sweetheart table, they have covered every vignette you could possibly need at your wedding. This creative team even styled a travel themed wedding alter with the cutest globe-trotting chair accessories. We also must mention the bride and her vintage-glam wedding style, the lace gown and classic up-do are ultra gorgeous. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

{our sponsored post on Offbeat Bride!} I've been in the wedding game for a few years now. Running a wedding website, you think you've heard and seen everything. But it's not until I get around wedding planners who specialize in non-traditional weddings and hear their amazing stories that I realize this: Wedding planners either have one of the hardest jobs in the industry, or the most fun jobs in the industry. And good wedding planners like Rebecca Iverson have both. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

{our vendor page on Offbeat Bride!} We are a quirky, fun team of wedding coordinators (with maybe a death eater or two in the mix) and we are fighting for sanity and equality everywhere. Those of you non-traditional types, however you define it, we hear you and we are one with you. Let’s work together to keep you sane, keep your sense of humor in check, and remind you that it’s okay and expected to swear while planning your wedding. | we're credited as blush celebrations in this post.

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