In a way, same-sex weddings are pretty similar to "traditional" ones. There is the beautiful couple, their loved ones, and all the magic and excitement of the wedding day. But when it comes to planning a same-sex wedding, there might be some decisions couples struggle with a bit more: traditions, attire, guest lists, vendors... At Timeless Rose Events we prepped this blog post with tips on planning a same-sex wedding as unique as your love is. Let’s dive in!
"Traditional" weddings have a lot of traditions that you might not feel comfortable with (or don't want to do), so deciding which ones to include and which ones to cast aside might be problematic. Start by talking about which traditions each of you have always wanted to have on your big day. No matter what that list looks like, keep in mind that anything you'd like to include is completely valid and should definitely happen. Also, don’t forget that your wedding is yours to personalize and you can get very creative with it. Want to walk down the aisle together? We say go for it! How about having a shared wedding party instead of separate bridesmaids and groomsmen? Sounds great to us! Maybe you’d like to mix up ceremony seating, or have everyone standing? Yes, please! Forget about the exclusivity connected to dads walking brides down the aisle, grooms waiting at the altar, brides throwing the bouquet - there are no rules. Mix and match until you've found your perfect setting and let everybody in your wedding party know what their duties will be.
Defining the guest list can definitely be tricky for all couples, but same-sex couples unfortunately face a greater difficulty. Some guests might not say yes to your invitation, as society has a wide spectrum of opinions when it comes to same-sex weddings. Whatever happens, you will know for a fact that those people who will attend your wedding are the ones who truly support your union, and wish you nothing but the very best. Just think about how amazing that is: on your wedding day you will be surrounded only by those who love you and you will get to share an unforgettable experience.
Should you both wear tuxedos? Or wedding gowns? Or maybe you’d like two slightly different designer suits? The answer to these questions is plain and simple: just do your own thing! If both of you want to wear wedding dresses - go for it. If both of you want to wear suits - go for it. If something entirely different is on your mind - you guessed it, go for it! Wedding attire is all about what makes you feel beautiful and comfortable while expressing your individuality and uniqueness. Let your imagination and sense of fashion run wild as much as you’d like.
You don’t necessarily have to come out to your vendors, but it’s a good idea especially if you’d like to have your orientation acknowledged. Hiring a wedding planner experienced in same-sex wedding planning is definitely something you should consider as such planners will save you a lot of time and stress during the planning process. They'll be able to help you figure out all the details as they've already planned same-sex weddings before. They'll also be able to provide a list of top-notch vendors, photographers, stylists, and venues that create a real sense of welcome and inclusion. As you work together, your wedding planner will definitely understand if you have any requests that might be unusual, and be there for you if you need extra support.
If you're looking for a planner to help with your wedding, our team at Timeless Rose Events is just a click-away! Simply contact us and share your vision. We'll put our expertise and enthusiasm to work and create a dream wedding as beautiful and unique as you are.
Now that you’re engaged and the excitement has subsided a little bit, you may be wondering what you should do next. You’re suddenly faced with a dilemma most couples face: Should you plan your wedding all by yourself or should you hire a wedding planner?
When the time to actually start planning the big day comes, many wonder what the big deal is. How challenging can planning a wedding really be? Well, the truth is, it can get pretty challenging pretty fast. You've probably already heard that hiring a wedding planner is much better than trying to do all the planning on your own, but why exactly is that? There are three main reasons to hire a wedding planner, and the second one might surprise you!
Reason 1: Enjoy The Planning Process and Decisions
Picture this: You and your partner spend your free time over the next 12-18 months going venue hunting, looking for wedding vendors, thinking of all the little details and putting everything together, so that you plan the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. That’s countless hours of work. Because yes, planning a wedding is a lot of work. Sounds overwhelming, right?
All of this stress can be completely avoided the moment you decide to book a wedding planner. Instead of doing everything yourselves, you can just talk to your planner and let them know what your vision for the big day is. Based on your ideas and your wedding budget, your planner will come up with proposals for you and your partner to look over. You'll have a ready-made list of top-notch wedding vendors your planner has most likely already worked with, and has a clear idea of how good they actually are at what they do! Do more blind guessing on vendor quality!
Furthermore, your planner will be able to assist you with every other part of your wedding too - from making a floor plan, to choosing the cake. Decision-making is actually the most stressful part of wedding planning, so having someone to make sure you're making the right decisions will leave you with a lot of quality time to enjoy being engaged, and relish in that sweet anticipation of your special day.
Reason 2: Saving on Budget
You might think you will save money if you plan your wedding on your own, but you can actually end up spending way more than you originally planned. How so? Let us explain. Remember those top-notch wedding vendors we wrote about? Well, they're not easy to find, and even if you do find them, their quotes might not match your budget. Since your wedding planner will know your planned wedding budget, they'll be able to get you the very best of the best within your preferred price range. What's more, they'll be able to help you track your budget, let you know which items are absolute essentials and which can be left out, advise you on the latest wedding trends, and so on.
Hiring a wedding planner means there'll always be someone there to guide you through the process and make sure you stick to your budget.
Reason 3: Coordinating the Wedding Day
If you read through the first two reasons, then you definitely have an idea of just how challenging planning a wedding can get. But once everything has been booked and taken care of and the big day finally arrives, the chances of things going askew are still real.
Luckily, your wedding planner is here to help you! Many planners offer day-of-coordination services, too. Instead of you having to stress about whether the hors-d'oeuvres have arrived, or if the flowers are placed where they should be, your planner will be the one keeping up with everything. They will make sure things are exactly as you imagined, leaving you with all the time in the world to get ready, walk down that aisle, say your big yes, and celebrate the beginning of your married life. With a good wedding planner nothing will go amiss, but even if something does - you won't even know it. A good wedding planner will be on top of it before you get a chance to notice at all!
All Signs Point to The Wedding Planner
Considering everything, the dilemma is settled. By hiring a planner you're getting someone to be there for you, support and guide you through the planning process, and on the wedding day itself. When searching for one, look for an experienced planner, read lots of reviews and make sure to find a wedding planner that truly cares about your needs. This way you’ll be able to enjoy wedding planning and walk down the aisle knowing everything is as perfect as can be. If you’re looking for a wedding planner that fits this profile, our team at Timeless Rose Events would love to hear from you.