Review: Offbeat Bride by Ariel Meadow Stallings

By | October 10th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Home & Garden, Self-Help, Weddings|Tags: , , , |12 Comments


Reviewed by Shannon Hopkins

With my own wedding less than ten months away and fledgling plans for a wedding consultation business brewing in my head, I am grabbing any wedding book I can find – after all, even a wedding that is 90% planned has room for tweaking. Ariel Meadow Stallings’ Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides caught my eye with its promise – right there on the cover! – for a departure from the often “fluffy” feel of mainstream wedding publications.

I immediately connected with Ariel’s attitude: clever, hilarious, and down-to-earth, more like my best friend than a wedding guru. She uses the story of her own wedding, to fellow “aging raver” Andreas, to illustrate a step-by-freaky step process in which they created a wedding day that was like their everyday life, only better.

Throwing an untraditional wedding, however, did not