So you’re engaged… congratulations! Now comes the exciting (and sometimes stressful) task of planning your wedding. Although same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, there are still some ways in which planning your wedding might be different from a heterosexual wedding. We’ve listed them for you below so you can be fully prepared.
You have more options for fashion
As opposed to the traditional tux and wedding dress, you can do whatever your heart desires. Want two tuxedos? Go for it. Two wedding dresses? Let your imagination run wild. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your wedding outfits so it’s up to you to decide how you want to look on your special day. Whether you decide to go glamorous, grungy, rustic or modern – the choice is yours.
Choosing LGBT+ friendly vendors
When it comes to choosing your vendors (think: venue, flowers, outfits, cake, decorations), you will be spoilt for choice. We recommend looking online beforehand as many vendors will explicitly state if they are LGBTQ+ friendly or have experience working with same-sex couples. The best part is, many of these suppliers will have amazingly creative and fun ideas for what you can do as they have prior experience working with LGBTQ+ couples. Get ready to think outside the box and choose options that are daring to be different.
Mix and match your wedding parties
Yes, we’re talking both about your bridal parties and the celebrations themselves. Don’t feel restrained to only having friends and family of the same gender in your wedding party. If you want both men and women standing by your side – go for it! You can extend this thinking to your hen’s or buck’s nights as well. Whether you want to hold two events for each of you, or combine it all into one big celebration, there are so many options to choose from.
Redefine the roles
The best (and most fun) part about your wedding is that you can redefine all the roles to whatever suits the two of you best. After all, you’re about to embark on a new life as a team, so why not create your own traditions? A great opportunity for this is the bridal procession. You can walk down together, one after the other, or even from two different locations. Many couples are going with unusual and alternative options so simply choose what feels right for the two of you and what symbolises your relationship the best.