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Artwork by Katrina MajkutThe Feminist Bride loves to empower a new generation of newlyweds that are looking for the perfect wedding with perfect equality. Here are some personal shout outs and articles that have used The Feminist Bride as an inspirational resource.

  1. El Pais: É possível organizar um casamento feminista? Brazil. 2017.
  2. Bridal Musings: The 100+ Best Wedding Blogs For *Every* Couple. 2015.
  3. Roses Are Red, We All Are Blue: Activists Send ‘Love Letters’ to Speaker Ryan. Rewire Magazine Online. February 2017.
  4. The Feminist Bride Interview, Episode 226. The Save The Date wedding podcast. 
  5. The Feminist Bride Interview, Episode 169. The Save The Date wedding podcast. May 2016.
  6. Pregame Magazine: Creative MVP: Katrina Majkut. September 2016.
  7. Bust: The Pros And Cons Of The #LoveYourSpouse Challenge by Katrina Majkut
  8. Elle Magazine: Why Won’t Anyone Let Me Throw Out My Wedding Dress? by Jessica Machado
  9. Salon Radio on City World Radio Network, International Women’s Salon. New York, NY. August 2016.
  10. S Moda Magazine (Spain & Brazil): ¿Es posible organizar una boda feminista? by Alexandra Lores
  11. Bust.com 15 Ways To Have A Feminist Wedding by Katrina Majkut
  12. Little India: The Bindass Bride.
  13. SheDoesTheCity.com: How I had a Feminist Asian American Wedding by Cindy A. Nguyen
  14. The Feminist Wedding Diaries: The Importance of Wedding Planning Parity by Sarah Sahagian‎ 
  15. Mic Media: This Is the Feminist Wedding Magazine We’ve Been Waiting For by Ellie Krupnick 
  16. The Huffington Post: 44 Pro-LGBT Companies You Could Support This Holiday Season by James Nichols
  17. Racked.com: Vogue: Diamond Engagement Rings Are So Basic by Leslie Price
  18. Bustle.com: 9 Feminist Wedding Quotes That Celebrate Love And Equality On Your Big Day by Chelsey Grasso
  19. Demystifying Wedding Ritual One Cross-Stitch at a Time by Chiseche Salome Mibenge
  20. LadyEconomist.com: Happy Anniversary: A Rant on Marriage Name Changing
  21. BayAreaRelationshipCenter.com: 6 Resources For Out-Of-The-Box Brides
  22. Boston Magazine: Where Do Our Wedding Rituals Come From? by Margaret Burdge

 

My Shotgun Wedding: A Beginner’s Guide

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Contributing Writer: Kathryn Marie Lavin

In a dimly lit theater, spending quality time with my big brother over a box of Sour Patch Kids and the soon-to-be-classic, The Wolverine, I felt what I assumed was gas. However, as the movie closed in on its predictable ending, I felt what I can only describe as the sensation of a koi fish trapped in my bowels. As my brother and I exited the movie, I thought about running my amphibious sensation by him. Normally tossing around topics like “abdominal distress” and “public farts” would be standard with my bro, but this feeling exceeded our bodily comfort zone. I felt like I had more in common with the hero of the film, a mutant.

Solange Knowles, Caped Crusader of Avant-Garde Wedding Fashion 

Contributing Writer: Sally Pillay

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Feminist Fashion Friday: With a modern twist of unique elegance, Solange Knowles and longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson married over the weekend. Pair that with a star-studded guest list including the one and only Queen B and husband, Jay-Z, and you’ve got my attention.

Counting at least six bridal outfits through the wedding weekend, Solange started at her rehearsal dinner with a v-neck, bell sleeved dress by Ellery with golden Loeffler Randall heels. This ensemble was just a mere taste of the fashion delicacies to follow!

Prior to their wedding ceremony, Solange and Alan arrived on two white bicycles. Solange donned a sexy low cut Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit with a cape. (LOVE!) The groom sported a white Lanvin suit. (Way to make an entrance!) Now the only thing that can get me more excited than a bride bucking traditional trends is a bride in a jumpsuit and a cape. Pair that with a bicycle, and I’m speechless.

Keep Calm and (Online) Date On

This story was originally published on Quarterlette.com, an online magazine for women who are navigating their quarter-lives. Quarterlette’s mission is to help support, guide and inspire women in their twenties and thirties who are navigating their careers, relationships, passions, hobbies, finances and everything in between.  To do this, Quarterlette publishes honest and relatable, first-person essays written by women who have inspiring experiences, funny anecdotes and powerful life lessons to share. Follow Quarterlette on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Guest Writer: Janah Valenzuela & Quarterlette.com 

In the era of natural and organic everything, why does it seem impossible to meet people that way concepts of online dating, with message on enter key of keyboard.anymore? I have joined the league of women who can no longer date from their pool of classmates or colleagues and have come to realize Channing Tatum is probably not going to turn up at my local watering hole anytime soon. Though I am the first of my friends to point out how important it is to put yourself out there, the toll that online dating can take on your ego and self esteem can be exhausting! After several on and off waves with online dating sites, I have learned that there should be a few emotional guidelines to help keep us sane during the process:

Easy Ways To Green Your Wedding

Guest Contributor: Kate Harrison

Most brides don’t realize how wasteful the average wedding can be, but the reality is that the average wedding produces 300-500 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. When added up, the annual impact of American weddings is like 8.3 million cars driving on the road for a year! The good news is that it has never been easier to go green, and with so many great options, you no longer need to sacrifice your style, theme or budget to it. The trick is keeping an eye on the environment as you move through the planning process and making simple substitutions when possible.

Call for Contributing Writers to The Feminist Bride

Calling All Writers! Got a lot to say about the world of relationships, woman-computer-vintagewedding or marriage? The Feminist Bride is looking for smart, witty and feminist writers who are willing to think outside the box of traditional wedding writing.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, relationships, dating, technology (for example, online dating websites and apps), traditions, cohabitation, current events, money, social justice, reproductive freedom, sex and sexual safety, LGBTQA, history, etc.

Writing should be a unique combination of formal intelligence and facts (cuz we’re all just proud nerds) paired with an informal, friendly, casual voice (cuz even nerds like to relax and have fun).

Submission Guidelines: Please send queries to TheFeministBride(at)gmail(dot)com. Include article idea and bio. All bios and fully submitted articles with word count must be pasted into the body of the email.

Please Note: At this time, we are not paying for new online content. Accepted writing contributors must sign Contributor’s Agreement before publication.

Copyright Summary: The author grants to The Feminist Bride exclusive, first-time publication rights to the work, as well as subsequent non-exclusive rights. Ownership of published articles reverts to the author three months from publication online. Authors with personal blogs are welcome and encouraged to post a direct link to their article on The Feminist Bride website during the first three months. After the three-month period, the author is free to post, sell or license the work elsewhere in full form or as an excerpt, with the credit line “Originally published at The Feminist Bride,” with “The Feminist Bride” as a live link to www.thefeministbride.com (if republished in electronic formats). Refer to your signed Freelance Contributor Agreement for complete copyright details.

Opinion: On Denying Birth Control Coverage and Not Inviting Women to the Table

By Guest Writer Wendy Allen

This news of a Republican panel of five men and NO women convening to discuss denying birth control coverage struck a sour chord. It saddens me because I don’t want men dictating how I treat my body, and we women are not second-class citizens who are unable to think for ourselves. (One woman did show up to testify, but was shown the door.) But it also saddens me because denying this coverage commits an entire sector of our population to an endless cycle of poverty. It’s amazing how making a little pill (or other more reliable options) available to all, regardless of income, can make a difference in the educational level and the standard of living of our entire country.