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Website Review: Indiebride.com

In a world smitten with darling wedding showers, fantasy weddings, and a slew of bridal magazines hitched to the train of every bride real or imaginary, it is hard to imagine room for one more. But this source for everything wedding has a new and needed twist for the rational, independent, and even feminist bride or groom to be. Meet Indiebride.com.

Review by Melissa Hostetler


Ahh, April. Spring birds, fresh cut grass, tank tops, sandals and yes, weddings. Or at least the anticipation of weddings to come in those balmy summer months. To many this brings a cheery pastel-like feeling to the hearts of women and mothers everywhere -- finally, my little girl has grown up an got herself a man. But to others the sickingly sweet wedding march and matching floral arrangements and place cards reeks of eternal commitments and gender roles.

Not taking these sentiments lightly, Lori Leibovich started Indiebride.com. She states: "Our goal is to explore the whole marriage process, the highs, the lows and the complexities. My hope is that Indiebride will fill a much-needed niche in the bridal media, that it will be a place for would-be brides who have more on their minds than planning a reception, women who never for a second believed in Prince Charming and who have not, despite all of the cultural cues, been breathlessly awaiting their wedding day for their whole life." Well put and right on sister!

It's clear there is an audience for such a thing. For example, the Kvetch section of the website -- serving as a forum for discussion on topics from cold feet to monogamy and cutting costs to name
changes -- has more than a hundred entries.

Skip to the other sections and you'll find essays written in a brutally yet refreshingly honest fashion about the joys and heartache of matrimony. These essays by brides-to-be and brides-already are less about "the happiest day" but more about relationships, expectations, traditions, and reality. My favorite has to be "O Brother Wed Art Thou?" which follows an older sibling as her younger and slacker brother plans to get married in shotgun style.

On top of the essays you will find interviews, a healthy dose of criticism for the bridal mags, and a place to hawk your now-useless bridal wares.

All this wrapped up into one cleanly designed, pastel blue (something new, something borrowed ...) package that simply asks you to live your own life and do what makes you happy -- be it marriage, bachelorhood, eloping, or a kitschy Vegas wedding. Check it out and I am sure you will agree that Indiebride.com is a source for fun and reflection on what it really means to be married in these times minus the glossy mags and drunk in-laws.

Visit Indiebride.com and see for yourself.

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