Gay Wedding Guide - Rings, Cakes, Wedding Planning

The Wedding Guide

Ideas and resources for when you're ready to choose your cake, flowers, rings and more.

July 25 2011 10:23 AM

Everyone seems to want to get in on the action and celebrate the 'age of modern marriage' -- or at least grab a piece of that same-sex wedding pie. New York alone is expecting around $311 million in revenue from weddings over the next few years. But for thrifty brides-and-grooms-to-be (and who isn't?), good deals are coming in aplenty.

July 22 2011 8:00 PM

That's why we invited Bess Wyrick and Ivie Joy to share the fruits of their experience as partners in Celadon & Celery, which specializes in event planning and flower arrangements. Wyrick, whose background is in fashion design, and Joy, who was Creative Director for Charles florals in Queens, N.Y., have identified ten key pointers on how to choose the right flowers for the big day. They also created four arrangements, shown here, that demonstrate their ethos and approach.

July 22 2011 8:00 PM

The best locations for your legal same-sex ceremony.

July 22 2011 8:00 PM

July 25th begins a new chapter. Not only on gay couples enjoying equal marriage rights in New York, but a new chapter in the etiquette books on the ins and outs of gay wedding ceremonies. Whether straight or gay, etiquette is one of those curious, elusive codes for social behavior that were developed to provide one with a rule book on good manners.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Don't do a "Star Jones." Keep it simple. Keep it small -- dinky is better. Taking our cue from my parents -- who, after meeting in a soup kitchen at the end of the Second World War, became Betty and Terry Doonan only a few weeks later, repaired to an adjacent pub with their two witnesses afterwards -- we enlisted the support of my mother-in-law Cynthia Adler and my sister-in-law, Amy Adler.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. A good start is choosing your cake flavors based on the season in which your wedding will take place.

2. Order 25-30 servings less of your cake then what you need if you plan on having a "Venetian Hour" (which involves offering a large selection of pastries, fruit, cakes and coffees in addition to the main cake).

3. Integrate your wedding colors into the cake design.

4. Monogrammed toppers are IN; Couples figurines are OUT.

5. If you're planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to keep cakes cool.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Barneys
This uptown institution may be known for its passion for fashion, but don't forget it has a divine home selection, too. That being said, there's nothing wrong with demanding that your guests buy you those Prada wingtips you've both been lusting after.
Barneys.com

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Do we need to get matching rings?
The most common question I get asked is 'Should a couple wear matching rings?' I have seen many answers to this question over the years, but my personal opinion is NO, the rings do not need to match. My feeling is if a couple is comprised of two individuals, it is perfectly okay to maintain that individuality by each getting a ring that suits their personal tastes. Having said that, I offer options that allow couples to choose similar designs that can be customized for each partner's taste: same rings, different looks.

July 21 2011 8:00 PM

1. Your Story
Not everyone at your wedding will know the story behind your relationship; How did you meet? Where? Who pursued whom? That story is the basis for which your wedding day is formed and it will make everyone feel more "in-the-know" and close to you if they understand it, and the true love between you. You can incorporate this in many ways, from an inclusion in the invitation, to the program, to a speech by you or anyone in your bridal party. Framed images of your past together is a great option and can make for budget-friendly cocktail table d'cor!

July 20 2011 8:00 PM
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