Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wish Upon A Wedding Online Auction - 10 Hours Left!

Have you seen? Wish upon a weddings online auction ends in just a few hours!  Check out the photography packages, honeymoon auctions and much more!!!  They have a floral/lights package valued at $7,000 being auctions for just over $300.  If you're looking for a deal, and great quality services visit: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?grouping=ALL&auctionId=115386483

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nicole Miller Sample Sale - This Friday (Philadelphia)

Brides! Looking for a great dress at an incredible price? Check out the Nicole Miller Sample Sale going in Philadelphia this Friday. For details, check out their events page here: http://www.wix.com/nmphilly/nicole-miller-philadelphia.  Not familiar with Nicole Miller?  Here is some of her work, starting with my favorite!
Dress retails for just $595!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm On Examiner.com!

I am the new DC LGBT Weddings Examiner on examiner.com!  So far, I have one article up, but there are plenty more to come!  Check out and bookmark my page by clicking here. While this blog is more of my personal opinions, rants and raves on examiner.com I will providing great information and resources for any gay or lesbian couple planning to marry in or around our nations capital! 

My goal is to get one or two articles up per week, if you have any topic suggestions do let me know!

Oh, and here is the link to my first article: http://www.examiner.com/lgbt-weddings-in-washington-dc/gay-wedding-sanity-guide-part-1.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

INSPIRATION: Pink, Black and Platinum...oh my!

It's been a while since I've found images of our colors that wowed me.  Our colors are pink, black and platinum and while pink and black seems to be hot now, it's often paired with white.  I came across this picture and immediately fell in love! Check out how they use the platinum for a little (not not too much) bling effect...

Photo credit: http://www.weddingplanningadvice.net

Tossing The Garter...

We've all seen the traditional garter toss at weddings.  The groom removes the garter with his hands (or teeth) from the bride and tosses it into a crowd of single guys.  I've seen a few times where the groom goes up under the brides dress (use your imagination here) to retrieve the garter. Even though I've seen this done lots of times at straight weddings, I've never seen this does at a gay, let me be more specific, lesbian wedding. 

Personally, I am not interested in this at all.  After all, who would remove the garter? Would I wear a garter and my partner remove it? Or, would my partner wear one and I remove it? Or, do we both wear one and and remove it from each other? Yeah...either way, I'm just not interested in this for my wedding.

I read up on the history of this practice and it's kinda weird.  Looks like brides began to throw their garter to keep others from ripping their dress...strange, but true!

But for me...I'll pass on the garter toss.  How do you feel about this traditional practice?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Is Virginia for ALL Lovers?

While doing some research on wedding venues, I noticed that I was looking only at DC and MD as potential locations.  The thought of having a ceremony and reception in Virginia made me cringe.Why? Especially since I live in Virginia would I be so opposed to celebrating my union here?

While there are many things I love about this state, there are certainly a few things that give me cause to pause.  Let me explain, I live in Northern Virginia and I have found that the differences between those who reside in the North and our Southern counterparts are many.  But, with respect to this blog, let's get straight to the point...I'm talking about marriage equality; well, just equality, period.

In the DMV, it seems that DC and Maryland have made some progress on marriage equality. But in Virginia, the issue is still taboo.  In Virginia, one can be fired for being gay.  In Virginia gays or lesbians are not allowed to adopt.  In 2006, Virginia passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from marrying.  In Virginia, we have domestic violence laws that specifically EXCLUDE same-sex partners and hate crime laws that also EXCLUDE sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Could I be opposed to having my ceremony in Virginia because the laws have made it clear that Virginia is opposed to me?

I think so.  See, Virginia takes the same amount of taxes from me as they would any other person, but yet, I am not equally protected under the law.  And that's wrong.  And while I don't want my wedding to be a political statement, I may wind up spending my hard earned money in outside of Virginia simply because Virginia has proved that it is not for ALL lovers...just the straight ones.

I should however; and will, open myself up to VA venues simply because there are many businesses who support marriage equality who happen to be located in a state that doesn't.  While, I hope that Virginia wakes up soon and supports the rights of all...not just a select few, I won't hold my breath.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique & Challenge

So, I'm headed to the Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique & Challenge tomorrow with the family.  It is a wedding expo that focuses on weddings with a small budget (under 15K).  Which I think is great, because our wedding budget is not big at all.

The good thing is that representatives from one of the parks in MD (well, a few of them) that we are considering for our ceremony will be there.  Plus the event will be held at Rockville Manor, a facility that I like so it will be good to see it up close and personal, finally.

Here's my concern.  One of the reasons that I produce Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo is because most wedding shows assume a man-woman couple. That's the target audience and the assumption of a bride and groom is the norm. So as a non-traditional couple, you never know how you will be received.  So this will be interesting, to say the least.  It's always an interesting reaction with the person I am speaking to learns that I am marrying her not him...

Needless, to say I am hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.  But as I always say, if someone has a problem with me, it's entirely theirs!