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Weddings for all: 4 tips for same-sex couples

Wedding planning is hard. Most advice you find on the internet or magazines is aimed towards the traditional bride and groom scenarios. Here are some tips to help your plan happen without a hitch.

Check the rules around the location of your wedding

After you have found the location you want for the wedding ceremony and reception. You will want to make sure that you have gone through all the proper channels needed to secure the area. Most wedding venues, parks, and beaches commonly have rules around what’s allowed and what activities you will need a permit. Make sure that it’s all squared away before guests show up.

Pick your vendors ahead of time – Check the quality of their work and experience

Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, but you might still encounter some people who still have an issue with marriage equality. To avoid any problems, in the long run, it might be best to be clear up front that you and your partner are the same sex. This way if they have a struggle they can tell you upfront and you can move forward without wasting too much time.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. What is their specialty? How many weddings have they done previously? Do they have a portfolio of past work? These are all questions that could help you get a better understanding of their experience. Asking for references will help you understand how the vendor and/or their staff handle events. Can they deal with a crowd or do they do better in an intimate setting? Also by asking previous clients, you will get a more honest opinion about the experience and what you should expect.

Get it in writing

Always, always, always get everything in writing. This will help to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings regarding services and payment. Make sure that you created a contract to protect yourself and the vendor you are going with.

The good news: Rocket Lawyer is here to help with your legal needs for your wedding.

Here are the most common contracts our brides and grooms use for their vendors:

Wedding Consultant contract

Catering contract

DJ Contract

Limousine Contract

Venue Rental Agreement

Photography Contract

Videography Contract

Don’t worry about what everyone else wants and just have fun!

The most important thing to remember that this day is about the two of you. Plan your wedding how you envisioned it and don’t worry what others are going to think. If you don’t want to have the traditional wedding – Don’t.

There is no right or wrong way to having a lineup. Choose the people you want to stand at the altar with you without the gender being an issue. Most traditional wedding will have the groom waiting at the altar and the bride walking down the aisle. Be creative with it, you both can walk down the aisle to your favorite song, or you can just opt out of it entirely, and both of you can stand at the altar, to begin with.

We hope that your wedding is everything you hoped for and we would love to hear more about it.

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