Rainbows & gender unicorns: how LGBTQ couples are changing wedding ring rules

When it comes to buying rings for weddings, LGBTQ couples are throwing out the traditions that bind them to form their own paths in ringdom. Whether you propose to each other, have matching bands, eschew rings altogether in favor of another kind of jewelry, the options for rings that represent your identity are quite literally endless. I spoke with one of our favorite custom ring creators, Joseph Jewelry, to see what trends and ideas they've been seeing in wedding jewelry that allows for more expression of who you love, what your gender is, and how you want to communicate that to world.

Lakeside love at sunset at this Ithaca farmers market wedding

We had a specific color scheme of plum, turquoise, and burnt orange. We tried to have meaning and community in all of our choices. My shoes were hand-painted by my good friend who is a silk artist, the rings were made from diamonds from my grandmother's pin by a friend who is a jeweler, the ring pillow I made from the lace from my mother's wedding dress that my two aunts also wore, the cake was made by our two friends (and life lesbian mentors), our guest book my mother made, our engagement photography was done by our maid of honor, and all of our music was made by our friends as a gift…

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Can't stop the tears at this colorful non-binary California coast wedding

Heidi and Molly married in Mendocino, CA at Heritage House Resort as the picturesque backdrop for this beautiful non-binary gay wedding. It was so clearly joyful that I couldn't stop smiling while looking at it. Heidi died her hair a deep blue to match the wedding party outfits and Molly rocked signature cufflinks, a dapper AF suit, and happy tears that'll get you every time. Don't miss the glorious outdoor ceremony, rainbow brolly, and looks of love all night long…

Sci-fi meets romance at this Chicago artist loft wedding

Leah and Amanda planned their wedding in just a few short months, but you'd never know it by it's loveliness. They love sci-fi movies and have sci-fi posters all over their house which inspired the reception decor — from table numbers, guestbook, and florals in science beakers as bud vases. Leah likes crafting and designed all the personalized signage for the wedding. The food at reception was fall festive and included a s'mores bar!

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Our big gay pagan rainbow woodland festival wedding

We had guests from as far apart as Japan, California, and Germany. We tried to invoke all the things we loved in our wedding day — geeky nods to Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Jonathan Coulton, and the Lord of the Rings; the Obergefell v Hodges ruling for Jess's career and theatrical touches for mine. We asked our guests to wear 'whatever makes you feel pretty.' We then celebrated with ice cream, lawn games, and street food, and ended the evening with a ceilidh and session. Oh, and there was an owl, and llamas.