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Wedding planning is a marathon! Unless you absolutely love planning events, chances are the planning process might have you feeling a bit of stress....
Thanks to the landmark (and long overdue) Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, LGBTQ+ weddings are now legal in all 50 states. Planning an inclusive wedding is exactly the same as a traditional wedding–unless you want it to be different! Wedding planning is full of exciting, meaningful moments like trying on your wedding outfit for the first time or our personal favorite: cake tasting! Our ultimate guide to planning an LGBTQ wedding has everything you need to take the next steps to ‘I do.’
Say 'I do' to a lifetime of happiness at one of our many gay-friendly wedding venues
You may be wondering if there are any special requirements or forms to make your marriage legal. Same-sex and LGBTQ couples are eligible to get a marriage license in all 50 states to make their union legally recognized. Requirements tend to vary by county, so visit your local county clerk’s website to see a list of forms and fees you will need for filing. Generally, a marriage license requires a nominal filing fee and proof of identification (a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport). A marriage license is usually valid for 60-90 days, so you should file for this a few weeks ahead of your wedding date.
Two handsome grooms sport matching navy suits and boutonnieres at Sierra La Verne
Selecting your venue and vendors is pivotal to planning your LGBTQ wedding. From the backdrop of where you will exchange your vows to the person who will be capturing every magic moment, your wedding vendors will be with you every step of the planning process. Rainbow Wedding Network hosts national LGBTQ wedding expos where newly engaged couples can meet with potential vendors. Online resources like Equally Wed and LGBT Weddings both offer a searchable database of fully vetted vendors who will help make your special event spectacular.
Of course, all of our marvelous wedding venues welcome same-sex couples from all walks of life, and our preferred vendors are carefully selected to ensure you'll have a joyful and easy planning experience.
Two brides at BLACK FOREST opted for muted colors & traditional attire
Before you say, 'I do,' there are a few details worth reviewing with your partner ahead of your wedding. From post-party planning to wedding traditions, here are seven considerations that we advise every couple to discuss as they begin wedding planning.
You're welcome at all our venues—but we'd be remiss to not share a few of our favorites. Check out these beautiful gay-friendly wedding venues:
Wedgewood Weddings is home to 50+ all-inclusive wedding venues across the United States. By all-inclusive, we don’t just mean costs: we recruit the best local vendors to ensure that every couple we work with is treated with the kindness and equality they deserve. Weddings are about celebrating the love between you and your significant other – so leave the planning and the stress to us.
One of the best parts about planning a gay wedding is that you have the freedom and flexibility to create new traditions that are all your own! The most important thing to remember is that getting married is all about having fun and celebrating the love that you and your partner share. From selecting an inclusive wedding venue you love to nailing the walk-out dance, your special day will be a joy. It’s time to get excited about planning your nuptials and taking a trip down the aisle.
custom rainbow wedding cake at Tapestry House in Fort Collins, CO