“It’s really about celebrating Love”, states Joella Hopkins, Publisher of LGBTWed. What is LGBTWed? It is a same-sex Luxury Wedding Magazine, a first of its kind. LGBTWed is making history by showcasing that same-sex marriages are on the rise and times have changed with being open about love. This inspiring magazine not only showcases beautiful weddings but ,also represents a full range of topics surrounding same-sex marriage and married life.
When we first started working on this blog, our planning company did not reside in a state that recognized legal same-sex marriage. We are happy to say that Pennsylvania is one of several states that now legally recognizes same-sex marriage and we understand that many couples are already heading to their local PA court houses to register for marriage licenses. This is very exciting news and Perfectly Planned is looking forward to planning same-sex weddings in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
For couples who reside in one of the many states that still does not recognize same-sex marriages, they will often go to another state that does legally recognize the marriage and then return to their home state to celebrate with a lavish party for friends and family in their area.
Many same-sex couples choose to have luxury weddings whether they include the ceremony or not as part of the event. We love the wedding of Nate Berkus to his partner Jeremiah Brent that was held in New York City at the New York Public Library in grand style. They are the first same sex couple to hold a wedding at the landmark venue. The couple had their ceremony officiated by OWN President Sheri Salata. Berkus being the designer that he is, incorporated his design touches into the celebration. The ceremony wall and long wooden farm tables at the reception were decorated with fabrics from his design collections. The “sexy but masculine feel” wedding, as described by Brent, adhered to a palette of black, white, cream with gold accents and natural elements.
Same-sex couples also want their own event to be custom, personalized and special. To customize a ceremony for a same-sex wedding, consider a venue that is able to have two aisles. This allows the couple to walk in at the same time and meet at the altar. If having two aisles is not feasible, walk down the aisle together holding hands to show guests that two are becoming one.
Another great way to personalize the wedding ceremony is to form a circle around the altar, with the couple situated in the center. This arrangement may present a more intimate setting for a ceremony, thus making the guests feel more a part of the nuptials.
Most couples have a first dance at their celebration. This is their moment together after the ceremony to share their love with their guests. Consider adding more flair or a touch of something different by hiring a chorus or soul group to sing that song.
Perfectly Planned is a same-sex friendly company and we love the idea of giving all couples the event of their dreams. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.