You’d probably be hard pressed to find a bride who didn’t swear by resources like this one – the Wedding Window Blog – to plan her wedding. Weddings require a lot of planning and work, and most couples are happy to have whatever help they can get. Yes, it’s a wonderful and important day, but there are a lot of details to iron out before it arrives! And for gay couples who are only allowed to marry in a few states, and who may also be facing family complications, finding good advice for planning their big day can be even more important.
So where are two brides or two grooms to go when putting their big day together? And what are some of the special concerns they face as that day approaches? Well, I may not be an expert, but as a proud Massachusetts resident, here are some useful ideas and sites to help you get started.
Planning – Planning a gay wedding presents special considerations, so you may want to have a planner help with those items that are more complex or sensitive. 14 Stories by Bernadette Smith is a nationally recognized planning group that specializes in gay weddings. Check them out at www.14stories.com.
The Logistics – If you live in a state that supports gay marriage, great! But if you’re planning to travel to cement your union, make sure you’ve complied with all the requirements for that state. About.com has a great guide to getting married in Massachusetts, including everything from license requirements to travel tips. Find it here.
The Ceremony – Gay ceremonies can take many different forms, so look to these sites for inspiration and ideas. The Knot offers some some ideas here. And how about these ideas for interesting places to host your wedding?
The Honeymoon – Certain honeymoon locations are more welcoming for gay couples, so check in with a travel agent who can offer ideas on places you can relax after the big day is over. Here are some ideas on where to go in the US and abroad.