Weddings with Pride – Tips for the Perfect LGBT Ceremony
What makes an LGBT wedding different from other weddings? They are all are joyous occasions that celebrate two people coming together and making a lifelong commitment. All are public declarations of love in front of family and friends. All are heart-warming occasions, filled with emotion and affection.
Maybe what makes LGBT weddings different – and special – is that they also celebrate the unique status of the happy couple. Whether you are walking down the aisle as bride and groom, bride and bride, groom and groom, or as a couple who identifies as neither, this is your chance to take pride in your partnership and show it off to the world. But how do you start planning the perfect LGBT wedding?
Pick the Perfect Destination
As everyone knows, there are some countries in the world where LGBT weddings simply are not possible. This is a real shame, but there are also plenty of places where rainbow flags fly high and where same-sex couples are welcomed with open arms. Thailand for example, has long been considered an LGBT-friendly country.
For couples seeking a fun pre-wedding party, the country's thriving LGBT community and colorful social scene makes it an amazing destination to host your buck's night, bachelorette party, or any combination of the two! Thailand also has the spectacular scenery to create a blissful backdrop to your wedding.
Couples can immerse in island bliss at W Koh Samui and Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, soak up cerulean seascapes at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, or unwind in a natural paradise at Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort. Whichever you choose, your wedding photos will look simply stunning!
Be As Traditional As You Want...
With an LGBT wedding, there is a temptation to cast aside the usual marital traditions and organize something out of the ordinary. That's fine of course, but make sure it's what both of you really want. Don't feel any pressure to "be different" for the sake of it.
Remember, just because your marriage doesn't conform to some traditions, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same bells and whistles as other couples. Whether you always dreamed of walking down the aisle dressed in white, surrounded by all your family and friends, or yearn for a barefoot ceremony on the soft sand with only a handful of witnesses, you can have whatever wedding you want.
... But Feel Free to Invent New Customs
LGBT weddings are also a wonderful opportunity to reinvent wedding day traditions. The usual labels of "Best Man," "Maid of Honor," and of course "Bride and Groom," could be replaced by non-binary terms, such as "Aisle Attendants," "Ring Minders" or even the "Big Day Kids" for younger guests-of-honor.
You could also switch up the speeches, which have always been a bit, well, sexist. Instead of giving the speaking rights to the Father of the Bride and Best Man, why not let the proud moms have their say instead? Or you could even try joint speeches by the best friends of the happy couple.
Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, but for LGBT couples it can also create unnecessary stress. The main thing to remember is: be true to yourselves. If you arrange everything as you want it, free from any outside pressures, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the occasion. Let your friends and family see you at your happiest!