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.