You're Engaged - Now What? Part 2

Last week we discussed the first five steps of planning your fabulous gay wedding.  Here are my next five:

1.  Create a wedding website.  You can read about my wedding website tips here.

2.  Order and mail your Save the Date cards and include your wedding website URL on the cards.  Keep in mind that your save the dates are the first element that your guests see about your wedding and it's an opportunity to begin creating a design theme that can be seamless throughout your wedding event materials.

3.  Figure out what you want to wear.  Bridal gowns are ideally ordered 6+ months in advance.  Many lesbian brides wear custom-made suits.  Grooms, are you buying a tux or renting?  Are you having a custom suit made?  Custom work and major alterations take months.

4.  Begin comparing and hiring vendors.  Start with the officiant and other vendors that can only do one event per day, like photographer, DJ or band.  Make sure they have experience with or are at least comfortable with gay weddings.

5.  Think more about design.  You may have chosen colors when you had your Save the Date cards made.  But what about other design elements like lighting, flowers, etc?  You can find inspiration on some of the wedding blogs or wedding magazines but the best inspiration comes from your own culture, values and personality.  What do you love and what represents you?

What stage of the planning process are you in?  What part of your wedding are you most excited about?

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