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Site maintenance this week

All the Offbeat Empire sites (offbeatbride.com, vendors.offbeatbride.com, offbeathome.com, offbeatfamilies.com, and offbeatempire.com) will be down for two hours of scheduled maintenance Tuesday December 16th at 5am PST. They'll all be back online at 7am with with their brand new website templates enabled!

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Presentation at WMBA in Las Vegas on September 18 (plus a big announcement!)

On September 18th 2014, I'll be sharing the stage with the two dudes from Lovesick Inc at the Wedding Merchants Business Association conference in Las Vegas. At the end of our presentation, we'll be debuting a new joint venture that's set to launch early next year. This is a full-on partnership between Lovesick and Offbeat Bride that is going to bring so many new opportunities to the wedding vendor community. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook on September 18th, around 1pm EST/10am PST to be the first to know what is in store for 2015 and beyond.

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Schemes for 2015 Lovesick Expos (and musings on business partnerships)

January and February 2014 were super exciting crazy times for the Offbeat Empire, with a year of schemes culminating in the six Lovesick Expos nationwide. There was a obscene amount of planning that went into the Offbeat Bride/Lovesick Expo partnership, and it was one of the most complex business partnerships I've ever launched. Making this leap was a very intentional choice I made both for business reasons and personal reasons…

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Lovesick Expos: 2 down, 4 to go

Whew. You know how Offbeat Bride is co-producing the Lovesick Expos this year? Well, they kicked off this past weekend and in two days, I talked to roughly 1000 people. For a lady like me whose life mostly revolves around sitting quietly in front of a screen working from a corner of my bedroom, it was pretty mind-boggling. (And amazing!)

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XOXO Festival: reconciling my two industries

Last fall, I spoke in Las Vegas at Wedding MBA, the largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding business. This fall, I attended XOXO Festival, a tiny conference in Portland, OR for people who make things online. The two experiences were vastly different, and clarified for much for me about the two worlds I divide my time between, and my role in each of them.

This post is long and rambly, but if you're in the mood, come along for the dawdle…