Planning & Inspiration
LGBTQ+ Weddings: What Love Means
Engagements and weddings are about celebrating the unique bond between two people. For LGBTQ+ couples, the idea of embracing existing wedding traditions may not feel right, like a true demonstration of their love and relationship. We believe your wedding should represent who you are, and you should in no way feel obligated to follow a certain set of rules. In fact, what makes these weddings so special is seeing couples put tradition aside to create a day full of genuine moments that are heartfelt expressions of their love and personality.
We spoke to Blue Nile, the world’s leading online retailer for diamond engagement rings, to share our best ideas for beautiful LGBTQ+ weddings. Read on below for the highlights.
Define Your Own Traditions
It’s no longer about just ticking off boxes on a list. LGBTQ+ couples are redefining engagement and wedding traditions for modern times in ways that feel authentic and personal. After the proposal, the recipient of the engagement ring often returns the gesture by getting their now fiancé a ring, or special piece of jewelry.
It’s wonderful to witness couples read aloud the vows they have written to each other, sharing their own story with friends and family while expressing their love and lifelong promise of commitment.
No longer structured as bridesmaids and groomsmen, mixed wedding parties are happening, which allows for couples to have a support group made up of their closest and truest friends. Traditionally, wedding flowers as accessories fall into two categories: bouquets and boutonnieres. LGBTQ+ weddings have opened up notions of who gets to carry a blooming arrangement and wear a rose on their lapel. We have made bouquets for men in the wedding party and boutonnieres for brides. As wedding florists, it’s exciting to see couples use their wedding flowers to make a modern, inspiring, and beautiful statement.
Create A Wedding That Aligns With Your Values
Think about what is most important to you. Do you want your engagement or wedding to be a big spectacular event, or is an intimate gathering more your style? Working with couples, we have found that whichever direction they take, the wedding turns out to be a sincere reflection of their personality and love for each other.
Once you have decided on the type of event you want, begin researching vendors whose services and work align with your vision. This is also an opportunity to use businesses and professionals who are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.
All You Need Is Love
Your wedding day is bound to be one of the most memorable days of your life. For LGBTQ+ couples, it’s even sweeter that they can finally say ‘I Do’ to the person they love in front of all their friends and family. Whether you decide to embrace traditions, give them a modern twist, or do away with them altogether, your wedding should be a unique reflection of the love you share and the people you are.