The Ultimate Same-Sex Wedding Guide for LGBT Couples

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Love is love and within the LGBT community, there are many ways to celebrate your commitment. So, if you’re planning your same sex wedding, here’s the ultimate guide for couples looking to take the next big step.

Who proposes in a same-sex relationship?

While the man typically proposes to the woman in a heterosexual relationship, things aren’t set in stone among the LGBT community. Either partner can ‘pop the question’ and no-one will bat an eyelid, so why not gather your nerves and go for it?

Where can you tie the knot?

The world is progressing, but not every venue is suitable for a same-sex wedding so it’s important to find a location that’s LGBT-friendly. Same-sex couples can have a civil ceremony conducted by a registrar. This is legally binding, will follow a specific set of rules and won’t feature any religious material. Civil ceremonies can also be conducted at a licensed venue giving you more choice.

Another option for same-sex couples is to enjoy a celebrant-led ceremony. This is not legally binding, but celebrants can focus on your love as a couple and help you celebrate with family and friends in the location of your choice. If you want to make the occasion legal, you can ask a registrar to officially marry you before the celebrant takes over or get married at a registry office prior to hosting a larger, more relaxed ceremony.

What about the rings?

Gay couples often choose matching rings with stunning designs to mark their shared love. For an extra special touch, you can also get a message, or the date of your wedding engraved. If you don’t want identical rings, perhaps go shopping together and find rings that complement each other but have unique detailing.

Gay wedding cake ideas

When it comes to the finer details of your wedding, there are no specific rules. You can either opt for a grand, multi-tier wedding cake or something smaller and less elaborate. Whatever the case, think carefully about the decoration. While some couples choose to put groom and groom or bride and bride figures on top, others prefer the intricate icing to speak for itself. If you’re feeling elaborate and want to incorporate the multi-colour Pride theme, you could perhaps consider rainbow cupcakes or similar details.

Top tip: Try to find LGBT-friendly bakeries in advance so other peoples’ ignorance doesn’t ruin your cake shopping and tasting experience.

Invitation ideas

From save the date cards to official invitations, there’s so much to think about. The invitations you send can be simple and to the point or elaborately decorated depending on your tastes. You might also decide to pick a theme be it retro, rustic, bohemian or romantic. If you’ve a well-known shared passion for a movie, perhaps this could be the theme of your wedding stationary.

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