Offbeat Bride in Lavender Magazine #Offbeat in the news#Offbeat Bride: the book#transgender April 19 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel I recently did a Q&A about my book with Lavender Magazine, Minnesota's gay and lesbian glossy. I rambled about transgender weddings, lesbian weddings, and het weddings alike … you can read the full interview here, but here's a little quote: What would you tell a couple who want to be nontraditional, but is kind of vague on the details? I actually worry about couples wanting to be nontraditional. I encourage couples to plan weddings that are an expression of their relationship and personalities. For some couples, this can mean confirming their place in larger cultural contexts, and honoring family traditions. For others, this can mean expressing their individuality. For both, the goal is the same: to create a wedding that fits with the couple and their relationship. When I hear about couples wanting to be nontraditional, it strikes me as a little inauthentic. You either are, or you aren't. It's like Yoda says: "Do, or do not. There is no try." Read the full interview. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Offbeat Bride in the Seattle Times NEXT Questions from readers about my dream blog, getting spotted, and Offbeat Home Toggle comments [ 5 ] I'm happy to see Lavender. I saw it and was all "Oo, Minneapolis!" Reply Nice interview! Reply I loved it too. Thanks for sharing! Reply I was so excited to see your article! Yay Minnesota! Reply I wait for the wedding issue of Lavender to come out every year and I was super excited to see your interview in it this year! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.