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Offbeat Bride: the book

Cursing as celebration: why and how we swear on the Offbeat Empire

This issue has come up for years — does anyone remember “Motherfuckergate” back in 2011? — and our response is generally the same: foul language has been a part of the Offbeat Bride brand since before the website even launched. The copyeditor of my book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, was flagging foul language all the way back in 2006. Ultimately, if you’re uncomfortable with swearing, Offbeat Bride just isn’t going to be a great fit for you. That said, we DO have a very specific way we generally use curse words…

The first 5 years of Offbeat Bride

On January 1st, 2007, I wrote a short post announcing the launch of, the promotional website that was supposed to help me sell my silly wedding book.

I wish I could say I had it all planned; that I a strategy for how the website would grow and where the business would go, but I had no fucking clue…

On being a micro-celebrity

Ariel answers reader questions like “how do you deal with stress?,” “Will you ever make an Offbeat Bride magazine?” and “What’s your favorite part of being a wife?”