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You're standing in front of your Family and Friends prepared to make your dreams of a lifetime come true. It's at that moment that you are grateful that you have a professional guiding your ceremony. The Supreme Court has finally ruled upon this issue. Now is the time to plan your perfect LGBT Wedding. I have been performing Commitment Ceremonies since the beginning, and I am so pleased this has opened up for everyone to marry the one they Love. Contact Reverend Jacqui Weiks, Your LGBT Wedding Officiant
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Six Tips for a Unique Gay Wedding
We’ve all been to plenty of weddings that seem like the couple picked their colors…and not much else. No one has much fun at a wedding where everything from the music to the food seems done to death. When it comes to planning a gay wedding, you have plenty of chances to reinvent some old traditions and make your special day unique.
Your wedding should be about what you and your partner love, so make it unique. #LoveWins Click To Tweet
Here are a few tips for planning a unique gay wedding that will leave you and your guests talking for days after the ceremony:
1 Think Outside of the Reception Hall
Just because your parents had their wedding at a banquet hall doesn’t mean you have to do the same. There are tons of unique options out there for a gay wedding ceremony and reception, from museums and botanical gardens to barns and parks. Your guests will thank you for the memorable location, and you may even be able to host your gay wedding at a location that has special significance to your relationship.
2 Ditch the Seating Chart
Trust us on this one: figuring out a seating chart can be one of the most stressful parts of planning your gay wedding, and you’re bound to seat some relatives with people they don’t get along with and get stuck dealing with complaints. Why not ditch the seating chart altogether and let people choose their own tables? This is a great way for guests to meet and mingle with people they might not know that well, and can lead to some really great conversations and connections.
3 Give the Ceremony Some Spirit
For most people, attending the ceremony isn’t the most exciting part of attending your gay wedding, but you can make the ceremony just as much fun as the reception. Try providing lighter drinks, like mimosas or cider, to your guests on their way to the ceremony to get an early start on the party. Just make sure to check with your venue before you pour the drinks!
4 Play the Music You Want to Hear
Do you ever need to hear the “Cha-Cha Slide” again in your life? We didn’t think so. Instead of playing the music you’ve heard at a million weddings, choose music that fits into your idea of what a gay wedding should sound like. Hire a jazz quartet, make a playlist, or find a real DJ to spin records all night–the possibilities for unique music at your wedding are endless.
5 Eat What You Like
Chicken, fish…or that food truck where you and your partner meet for lunch? You don’t to have boring food, especially if your gay wedding is at a venue that allows outside catering. With a lot of flexibility when it comes to food for you and your guests, a non-traditional caterer can give you more control over the menu and provide guests with more menu options, especially if they’re vegetarian or have other dietary needs.
6 Give Guests Favors They’ll Hold Onto
That mesh bag of jordan almonds isn’t cutting it. Give your guests favors that they’ll actually keep, like a custom glass embossed with your names and wedding date, and they’ll remember your gay wedding every time they use it. Or, you can ditch the favors altogether: make a contribution to a charity you both support and let your guests know that your wedding is helping someone out. Isn’t that better than a tchotchke?
Ditch wedding favors and make a contribution to a charity you both support. #MarriageEquality Click To Tweet
Your Unique Wedding
These are just a few ways you can make your gay wedding stand out, but there are plenty of other ways you can set your wedding apart, whether it’s through a signature cocktail or a twist on the popular photo booth. Remember, it’s your day, and it should be about what you and your partner love, so don’t be afraid to make it memorable for you and your guests!
Be sure to share your ideas for unique gay wedding ceremonies and receptions, and let us know what made your special day unforgettable!