Planning an LGBTQ Wedding

Planning the picture perfect wedding doesn’t have to turn your special day into a Pridezilla. These simple, common-sense tips will help you – and your guests – enjoy this once in a lifetime day of love, happiness and pride.

1. Setting that £ mark

Before you jump into planning your gay/lesbian wedding, sit down with your partner and establish what’s important to each of you in terms of goals for the wedding as well as what limits you have. Setting a budget will help keep things in perspective as costs begin to mount and you have to start prioritizing where you should spend your money. Make a list of the things you need to have and a list of what you want, so you end up with two different lists. If either of you have family members who haven’t been supportive, traditional rules regarding inviting them may not apply. This isn’t a day for you to be polite or a day for you to respect your family's thoughts, after all did they respect you when you ‘came out’. So setting your mark on how much you want to spend is def. A crucial part of planning a wedding. I have put together an awesome inclusive wedding planner

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2. Savvy Spending

You don’t want to cut corners on the big things, but you also don’t want to spend more than you need. In a previous blog ‘Savvy Spending for your wedding I will tell you how to save and collect rewards for your wedding

3. Not Every Couple needs to wear a dress or a suit

Some people dream of walking down the aisle in a beautiful gown while others prefer the look of a well-tailored suit. You don’t need to match each other at your wedding and you also don’t need to have one of you in a dress and the other in a suit. Each couple has their own fashion, their own representation of their personality, so you can wear whatever you want. All I would say is wear something that represents you, after all it's wearing it not anyone else.

4. Support and Love

Your wedding party should be there to support you, not lead you astray or think of themselves, your wedding party needs to be there for you so let yourself rely on those people. If you are not having a wedding party, then the best step would be to reach out to close friends and family members for help when you need a hand making decor or favours for guests and when you need to blow off some steam from the stress of planning a wedding.

5. If your hearts not in it or time is not on your side, get a Wedding Planner

You need to have time to plan a wedding, it takes approx 300 hours to plan a wedding and you definitely need to have your heart into planning your wedding.

Planning your wedding can be so overwhelming especially if you have busy schedules, you just don't have the time to plan a wedding. Hiring a wedding planner can remove all the stress, wedding planners will plan your day virtually and in person, help you eliminate all those little wedmins that you will need to do, plan all the schedules and even help with getting discounts.

6. Don't be a DIVA but do have a lot of Personality

What really sets one wedding off from another are the personal touches couples bring to the decorations, the food and the ceremony itself. Incorporate your own love story into the reception by decorating with photos from your relationship, including accessories from a shared hobby or passion with table settings or choosing foods from memorable dates in your shared past. These small touches go a long way in making guests feel as though they’re a part of this new chapter of your story, but don’t overdo it.

7. Addressing that ‘GAYNESS’

There will be no doubt that you will have a guest that has not been to a gay wedding or a family member that you had to invite, so instead of pussy footing around them, break the ice, address that Gayness straight away. Put some signage up around your venue which states your love. So for example

Love Wins

Here comes the happy Couple

Here comes the Brides

Here comes the Grooms

Choose a seat, there's plenty of room…. Either way you will get a groom

Some Dudes marry dudes get over it

Mx & Mx Welcome you

8. Make It Legal

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July 2013 and took effect on 13 March 2014. The first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March 2014.

Civil Partnership - If you signed the civil partnership agreements, you are able to convert your civil partnership into marriage and transsexual people to change their legal gender without necessarily having to end their existing marriage.

For transgender couples, you will need to have a new gender recognition certificate certificate supplied to you with your identified gender on it.

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