Wedding??? What, can same-sex couples marry?
With marriage equality (finally – read a note in the bottom of this article) achieved in Australia, thousands of same-sex couples can now turn their attention to getting a ‘YES’ vote for their amazing wedding planning skills! Equality means that a gay wedding can be as traditional or alternative as the happy couple chooses – after all, there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate love – but today we’re throwing common practice into the air like it’s a new bride’s bouquet. Let’s plan a same-sex wedding that’s delightfully different…
Reinvent the wedding
Firstly, there is absolutely no pressure to succumb to the traditions of straight wedding ceremonies. There are no ‘must-haves’ or ‘must-dos’. It’s your day, so turn it into the event your two heart’s desire. Make it cool, crazy, dashing, daring, funny, fabulous, bold, beautiful, or a combination of them all. Seriously, why hold back?
Wear whatever you want
Since all eyes will be on you gorgeous lovebirds, you’ll probably want to dress to impress. Of course, that doesn’t always mean suits for men and gowns for women. In fact, your fashion options are wide open. No matter what you both decide to wear, our tip is to stretch the budget just enough for tailored outfits that will fit perfectly on the big day. When it comes to fabrics, colours, accessories and all that jazz, remember this is your time to shine. Now there’s an idea, fancy something shiny?
Mix up the wedding experience
Okay, so maybe you just want joint groomsmen or maids of honour standing at the altar. Then again, maybe you want to mix things up with groomsmaids and bridesmen, the best woman or a man of honour. Perhaps you’d rather have one excited group of each other’s friends and family called the “Bridal Bunch”. You can even opt for no wedding party at all (let’s face it, you and your partner are definitely the stars of the show).
Walk your own walk
It’s customary for the groom to wait at the altar while his bride walks down the aisle. Well, customary shmustomary at your awesome same-sex wedding. With two grooms or two brides, why not try something different? You could walk each other down the aisle, walk one after the other, walk simultaneously down adjacent aisles, or walk backwards waving at your loved ones and see who arrives first!
Get creative with catering
There’s one thing every wedding needs (apart from two people in love obviously) – and that’s great food! Everybody loves a gourmet three-course sit-down meal, but you might consider getting a little creative with your catering in the form of a buffet, banquet or shared plate extravaganza. What about food in your favourite theme? Here are a few quirky ideas to get you thinking: ‘loud and proud’, ‘pure gold’, ‘ tropical island’, ‘outer space’, or ‘dance party’. You name it, talented professional chefs can probably create it.
Planning a same-sex wedding? Talk to CHEFIN about your creative catering.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 9 December 2017. The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages. The first same-sex wedding under Australian law was held on 15 December 2017. The passage of the law followed a voluntary postal survey of all Australians, in which 61.6% of respondents supported same-sex marriage.
Footnote source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Australia