Brian and Chris planned and supervised every single detail of their two-and-a-half-day-long wedding celebration at Camp Westwind. The two took their chances with the unpredictable coastal weather and lucked into a gorgeous sunny day that accented the cheery details, like bright pink and yellow floral centerpieces and the rainbow equality flags hung on a building. Their dog Callisto served double duty as ring bearer and sole wedding party member. The semi-religious ceremony included all of their parents and siblings. Mustachioed table numbers tucked inside wine glasses were in used in lieu of a seating chart, and there was plenty of local Oregon cheese to go around!
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of gay posts.
One of the arguments we hear a lot is that weddings aren't "gay" or "straight," they're just weddings. Of course, that's true… but our wedding was also very, very gay, and that was one of our favorite things about it!
In the fight for marriage equality, there's a risk that the thing that makes queer lives different will get lost in the shuffle. We wanted to celebrate the gayness of gay weddings and the importance of our broad family-of-choice to our lives. We ended up writing the following passage and printing it in our wedding program:
Retro video game photo booth props, a Mario cake, Plants Vs. Zombies cupcakes, and a chic gastropub in New York City… it's a GAYmer wedding gone sophisticated! After a big snafu just getting to the venue, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the night (even if a TON of tears were shed). Get your achievement by clicking on this wedding and finding all the adorable gamer details.
For their intimate wedding, Geoff and Michael wanted to bring together their families — one side hailing from New Zealand, the other from Toronto. The two opted to get hitched in San Francisco, a kind of halfway point for everyone. These two met in London, and have traveled around the world. It was important to them that they include their shared love for all things global in the wedding, …wait until you see how they integrated photos from all their travels!
This tiny, sweet wedding with two grooms, seaside decor, and a helluva biggest challenge turned biggest win has serious cute factor. Come for the awesome officiant story and tear-y ceremony, and stay to read all the little love captions in their Flickr photos!
These two met three years ago online, and quickly discovered a "mutual love for good food, cocktails, and laughs." Right before Thanksgiving 2011 they decided they were tired of waiting for America to get it together and they wanted to get married now. Luckily they live in Massachusetts, and were able to legally wed before heading to Aruba to celebrate with friends and family.
So here's the thing: my wife and I had our wedding already, as we never knew when, if ever, Prop 8 would be repealed. Thankfully it did! We can now legally get married. How can we have a "part two," without it being as big as the first and having everyone ask so many questions? Any ideas on how to pull that off? Is anyone else in the same position as we are in now?
Shopping for wedding invitations and getting frustrated by heteronormative overload? We've been contacted by a lot of readers who want to know about vendors that give LGBT couples as many invitation options as straight couples. That's why I'm excited about our newest sponsor Queer Getting Married — a wedding stationery company that provides invitations, save the dates, and more.
With the number of emotional photos at this wedding (happy ceremony tears, family hugging tears, dance floor cheers, and belly laughs), I'm secretly hoping to catch you at work and make you sniffle at your desk. Muhaha!
Marriage equality has arrived and it's not just for "the gays." Wedding customs are evolving for all. Wedding parties are progressing, as well, and the tradition of "boys on one side of the aisle, girls on the other" is being adapted so that each spouse-to-be gets to stand with his or her tightest pals — regardless of gender. But not everybody is ready for this party. Some guests see a bridesman or groomsgal and don't know what to do. Here are a few simple tips for managing OPA ("Other People's Anxiety") and performing at your very best.