I've spent a lot of time speaking to people in the wedding industry about same-sex weddings, and I've noticed that a lot of people have misconceptions about what really goes on at these fabulous celebrations.
By and large, same-sex couples are quite nontraditional in their wedding planning. Of course, this should not surprise anyone. The LGBT community does not come from a tradition of marriage, which allows us to write our own rules for celebrations.
Luckily, we haven't run into any outright bigotry with any of our wedding vendors, so we feel very fortunate. But every time I see a form or am asked for the name of my soon-to-be wife, it's another conversation to have.
Same-sex marriage is here to stay, so I sat down with Ms. Chris Weber, who has 25 years of experience as a wedding planner, to talk about the biggest mistakes that people make in planning their weddings.
Whenever I plan an event, the first step is to sit with the host and start a dialogue about goals, personal tastes, concerns, etc. The following are a few classic wedding-planning anxieties that present new complexities for same-sex couples.