Offbeat Bride

Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides

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$16.95 USD
March 2010
240 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
Second Edition
Trade Paper

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ISBN: 9781580053150

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ISBN: 9780786741281

Offbeat Bride

Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides

By Ariel M. Stallings

$16.95 USD, Trade Paper, March 2010

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. In this updated edition of Offbeat Bride, Stallings humorously recounts the story of the original offbeat wedding—hers—and shares anecdotes and advice from dozens of other nontraditional couples. She also includes a chapter on budget weddings in today’s weak economy, along with sidebars, tips, tricks, and planner encouragement to help you figure out your special day. What results is a combination of hilarious wedding stories and tons of helpful how-tos—a perfect mash-up of memoir and handbook.

At once practical and enjoyable, Offbeat Bride validates choosing the funky, different, and offbeat over the traditional, and leads couples through the planning process—from unique ideas on how to announce their engagement all the way to answering the question, “So, how’s married life?” Stallings is the ultimate guide to the alternative wedding of your dreams, and with Offbeat Bride, she brings you a book that serves both as an encouragement and celebration of aisles less traveled.

About Ariel M. Stallings

Ariel Meadow Stallings was born and raised on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. She grew up in a log cabin built by her loving hippie parents. She tried one semester as a musical theater major at Boston’s Emerson College, but ended up at the University of Washington, studying sociology and communications, and received her BA in 1998.

A writer and editor for over a decade, Ariel Meadow Stallings has been published in magazines and newspapers including Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, the New York Times, The Guardian, and Seattle Weekly. Ariel is also a sought-after commentator on lifestyle topics, and has been interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace, The Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle’s KUOW radio. She runs the popular website, which draws 1 million page views per month.

Ariel has been an obsessive blogger since 2000, and compulsively updates and edits several websites including and She is a 2001 graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and supports herself as a freelance writer and copywriter in Seattle, where she lives with her husband a and small dog. She is currently expecting her first child.