We’ve already covered how wedding magazines say some dumb stuff. A lot of dumb stuff. Not only that, but for the average human, the weddings in those magazines are way out of reach – everything costs the earth and is styled within an inch of its life. Which just doesn’t sound very fun. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my wedding getting a little too tipsy & sentimental, with some pennies still left in the bank. A noble dream, perhaps.
So where do you look for inspiration and recommendations? Pinterest can only do so much – there are some great resources to be found but you have to sift through the insane peony displays and impossible table decorations.
Finding wedding blogs which fit your style and budget can be a godsend. There are endless DIY tips, supplier recommendations and pretty pictures to look at, and you can see how regular people made their wedding day unique. The best show a wide range of budgets, aesthetics and people. Here’s a few of my favourites to get you started:
1. Bespoke Bride
This colourful blog is filled with fresh and bright weddings which definitely capture the imagination. There are plenty of budget-friendly options and DIY tutorials which are actually achievable – I like this Ombre Yarn Bottle Vase. If you want something fun and bold for your wedding day, then this is the place for you.
2. A Practical Wedding
If I had to use one word to describe this blog, it would be ‘thoughtful’. There are lots of longer think pieces around weddings, marriage and life in general which are well put together and spark a lot of interesting debates in their comments section. As well as this, they have lots of real weddings, with a focus on ‘how we did it’ if you want to recreate their ideas. I also really like their ‘shop’ section; they’ve collected alternative wedding dresses for pretty much every budget in one place so if you don’t fancy the traditional white meringue then this is a good starting point. It’s an American blog so not all of the dresses are available in the UK but many of the shops do ship overseas if you do find one you fall in love with…
3. Rock n Roll Bride
If you’re not really sure what you want, then Rock n Roll Bride is a great place to start. There are tonnes of real weddings in the archives with a wide range of themes and styles – from uber glamour right down to homespun farm weddings. Everything’s well categorised so just type in a word that inspires you and you’ll find something to coo over!
4. Offbeat Bride
This is probably *the* mecca for ‘alternative’ weddings on the web – if there’s a quirky theme you’ve got in mind, then you’ll find it on Offbeat Bride. From superheroes to steampunk, there is something to suit everyone, and if you don’t want to take yourself too seriously on your wedding day then there’s plenty of inspiration. What I love about this blog is that there’s a real mix of ‘real weddings’ featured and every imaginable kind of couple can be seen on their pages. There’s also lots of real, practical budgeting and DIY advice. If you really want to get stuck in, you can join the Offbeat Tribe and chat it up in the archives with other brides.
What are your favourite wedding blogs?
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