Quick Wedding Planning Guide

A Quick Planning Guide For Your Gay or Lesbian Wedding

You and your partner are engaged and now you begin the task of planning the wedding of your dreams. It may seem like an incredibly daunting task and it can take up a lot of your time; but it doesn't have to be all that difficult. Here are some simple tips to help you get the wedding of your dreams.

Create a Checklist

Like with any big event you will plan in your life, start long before the event is to occur. Once you have set your wedding date, create a checklist of all the details that need to be completed. It is a good idea to set up a timetable of when you want each part of the planning to be completed; this will keep you on time and once you complete a task, simply mark it as finished.

Hire a Wedding Planner or Find Vendors

If you are busy and don’t have the time to complete the planning process yourself, then hire a wedding planner who will sit down with you, discuss what you and your partner would like, and then make it happen. You may also search for gay-friendly vendors and planners who can help make the most of your day.

Legal Matters

Just like with straight couples, you will need to research the legal matters surrounding getting married. For example, if your state allows same-sex marriage, you must obtain a marriage licence. You should also consult a lawyer about protecting your legal rights, for example, health care, power of attorney and making each other beneficiaries of insurance or other claims, in case your state does not recognize your marriage or attempts to circumvent the law.

Find Your Venue

You might choose a church wedding (and yes, many churches will allow same-sex weddings), so look around. You may also prefer to marry on a beach, at a friend or family member’s home, or even a gorgeous hotel. Simply decide what’s best for your budget and for your vision of your wedding and do your research to find the perfect spot.

The Details

You may decide to hire a photographer to capture those memorable moments on that joyous day. Check out several photographers first -- check their portfolio and interview each one before choosing. Your wedding attire, wedding bands, and flowers all need to be taken into consideration as well, so just find the right styles and fashions to suit you and your budget. And remember to breathe! :)

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