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Weddings require a lot of preparation and sometimes same-sex weddings require a bit more. There are some things you will want to take into consideration that you hadn’t thought of before. At the end, all the hard work will pay off! But before you start all your planning, take a look at these great tips…
1. Forget Traditions
When planning your wedding, forget what you may think weddings “should” look like… When it comes to your big day, do it your way. You can both walk down the aisle together, or do it one by one. With the right venue set up, you can also walk down separate aisles simultaneously, joining one another at the altar. You can also choose whether you would like to have a bouquet and if so who throws it, or if you want to throw it together. When it comes to bridal parties, don’t think for a moment that there’s one right way! Whether you have an odd number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, a best woman or a man of honor, or keep your party gender-free, your bridal party should be made up of the people you most want standing there besides you when you say your “I do”s. Some couples choose to not have a bridal party at all and keep the ceremony just about the happy couple.
2. Have the Right People By Your Side
When you and your partner are planning your guest list, you want to be sure to invite only people you really want at your wedding. First and foremost, invite those who are most important to you. You may feel pressured to include distant family or friends of your parents but if you decide to keep your wedding relatively small, it is perfectly understandable to leave those groups out. When it comes to “plus one”, you may request no additional guest, in which case you should specifically address serious partners of your guests in the actual initiations. When creating your guest list, keep in mind your budget. The more guests attending, the pricier the celebration. If you want to keep your guest list small but budget is not an issue, you may also consider a destination wedding, however keep in mind that this may prohibit some of the guests you do want there from attending.
3. Find LGBTQ-Friendly Venues and Vendors
When searching for your perfect wedding venue, we recommend making it clear from the get-go that you are having a same-sex wedding. Disclosing this information right away will make it so that you don’t waste your time trying to coordinate with anyone who is not for marriage equality. If you have specific vendors you are interested in, approach them first. If you are starting with a blank slate, perhaps do research on some of the most loved LGBTQ-friendly vendors in your area. You want to be sure you are in good hands with your wedding vendors so finding professionals that you are comfortable with is key.
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