Wedding Planning

10 TIPS TO PLAN A PERFECT GAY WEDDING

TEN TIPS TO PLAN A PERFECT GAY WEDDING

As shocking as it may sound planning a Gay Wedding requires the same important steps as planning a heterosexual wedding. The only big difference is the be planning will be for a same-sex couple. The couple will decide on what key moments they would like to include for their wedding. Some gay couples choose to maintain the traditional key moments as others create new ones. Whichever route the couple decides, the planning process will be one of the most memorable milestones. The goal is to make it a fabulous experience from the planning to the wedding day. Even though there is no right or wrong way to planning a gay wedding, there are tips those of us in the wedding industry utilize over and over. Below is some simple yet useful advice to help you plan your perfect gay wedding. Use it in conjunction with other steps we wrote to help you have a fabulous wedding experience! These are all tips we have learned after making many mistakes. Feel free to ask us questions, tell us about your wedding experience and how our suggestions have worked for you. Now go out there and plan your perfect gay wedding! “Cheers to your happily ever after!” Alex Diaz + Josh Ponder

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STEP 1: Make a Wish List

Your wish list should include the services and items you need like, Florist, Photographer, Venue, DJ, Make-up Artist, etc. As well as things you would like for example, Ghost Wedding Chairs, Photo Booth, Karaoke, Candy Bar, Live band, Engraved Champagne Flutes, etc. Make sure to include the prices on your wish list. This will give you a realistic idea of what the overall cost of your wedding may be. Keep your wish list, continue adding and crossing out as your dream wedding unravels.

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STEP 2: Set a Realistic Budget

Unless you’re an Heiress or Heir of some fabulous fortune, you’ll need to come up with a budget and plan accordingly. This is where your wish list will come in handy to give you a realistic idea of how much your wedding will cost you. Unfortunetly, your budget will force you to cross out services and items from your wish list. You will need to decide what you want and what you really need. Keep in mind that there are services you don’t want to skimp out on.

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STEP 3: Choose 3 Possible Dates

Selecting a wedding date sounds easier than it can be. We suggest for you to pick three dates instead of one. This way you’ll be able to select one out of the three dates to hopefully end up with your favorite venue and that fabulous photographer you must have!

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STEP 4: Book Your Venue

It’s important to book your venue at least one year in advance. Especially if you’re planning your wedding on the most desiriable months or what is known as the Wedding Season. Find a wedding venue you like, check if they have any of your possible dates available and then check the availability of other important vendors like your wedding photographer. Then book, book, book!

 

(10 Tips How to Book a Perfect Venue)

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STEP 5: Meet & Greet Your Vendors and Make Sure They Are Gay Friendly

Make sure that your vendors are all gay friendly. I know it’s 2017 and the odds are on your side but there’s still a lot of ignorant people out there and you do not want to have a bad experience on a day that should be all about LOVE. Meeting your wedding vendors is a total must.   Ask if they provided their services to a gay couple before and how their experience was at the wedding. All your vendors should possess the three P’s, Presentable, Personable and Professional. Lastly, do not be pressured to book any vendor on the spot. Give yourself a deadline and let them know they will hear from you by then.

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STEP 6: Book All Your Vendors

We hope you are following our tips and you had the chance to meet all your wedding vendors. It is time to make a selection. Remember all your wedding vendors should possess the three P’s and most importantly be gay friendly. Now go book them all!

 

Don’t forget to be courteous and send an email to inform all candidates what your decision was. Even if you did not choose them. Every wedding professional will appreciate this rather than the awkward ghosting.

 

(Ten Tips How to find the Best Wedding Photographer)

 

 

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STEP 7: Make a TO DO List

Your to-do list should not be done the week prior but hopefully a few months before the wedding. Your list should include all the important tasks, items to buy, vendor payments and everything in between. Make sure to include dates to pick up items and outstanding balances. Your to-do list will give you that extra assurance and allow you to catch anything you may be missing before your wedding day. It’s never to early to work on your to-do list. So let’s get this list started!

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STEP 8: Tie the Loose Ends

It’s last call, you’re a month away from walking down that aisle and saying, ‘I do.’ It’s time to tie those loose ends so that you can enjoy a perfect wedding!   Start by cross-referencing your wish list and to-do list. Cross out all that has been completed and begin knocking out those tasks that have not. Everything on your to-do list should be taken care of at least two weeks prior to your wedding day. Avoid leaving things for the last minute. Ask for help from your Wedding Planner or Bridesmaids and Groomsmen if necessary. Just tie those loose ends!

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STEP 9: Keep the Wedding Week Stress Free

Easier said than done but it can be accomplished. Planning your wedding can be exhausting and you don’t want to be that bride or groom putting together your centerpieces a night before. Create a deadline for all your meetings and must do’s two weeks before your wedding day. This way you wont have to worry about taking care of wedding planning tasks on this week.

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STEP 10: Have a Fabulous Wedding

It’s showtime! Don’t let anything bring you down. This is your big day and there is no need to worry about small things.   Give yourself some alone time to allow you to take it all in. Look around and take mental photos or this magical moment. Later, in between key moments, you and your partner should do the same as a couple. This moment will require a different type of selfie and even though it wont be seen on social media it will be felt in your hearts forever.   Cheers to your happily ever after!’ Alex Diaz & Josh Ponder

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Alex & Josh

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder are Los Angeles Wedding Photographers and Wedding Planners providing services all over Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara.