When it came to planning their August wedding, Jess and Hanna wanted to celebrate both Jess’ English background and Hanna’s Austrian one. They chose Colosseum XXI in Austria, the city where they first met, as their venue.
“We didn’t really have a theme so to speak”, they told us. “However, we chose the colour dark green and white roses and used that throughout. The bridesmaid dresses, invites, flowers and table decorations were all green and/or white.”
Fiona and Allana wanted their summer 2019 wedding to reflect their personalities and their love story. They met at primary school (although were in different years so they didn’t really know each other) and reconnected when they both started working at the same place. Although neither of them were out at the time, they instantly clicked, knowing what they were feeling for each other was more than just friendship.
Married at The Three Kings in Falkirk, Scotland, their day was all about sharing their personalities with their closest friends and family. “We tried to incorporate little bits of our personalities all throughout the day”, Fiona told us. “Our table plan was made up of our favourite bands, some of which we had went to see live together. My favourite colour is blue, there are sapphires in both my engagement and wedding rings and that’s also Allana’s birthstone. Royal blue was our primary school colour too! Everything just fit. The day after, all our family and friends just kept saying what a great, happy, colourful day it was. I know all weddings are supposed to be, but everything just felt so right, you know?”
This couple spared no expense to have the wedding of their wildest dreams! Harout and Rosario’s love story is like something out of a movie. They met in an LA art gallery, becoming best friends and within a few months of knowing each other, fell in love. For their winter wedding they wanted to reflect their love story and planned an opulent and glamorous day with a rich, luxurious feel. Their colour scheme was white with accents of gold.
“Our wedding theme was The Gay Royals!”, they laughed. “We dressed as modern-day gay kings, or in our head what they would look like! We really wanted a winter wonderland look but more luxurious.”
Yay! You’re engaged! No doubt you’ve already started pinning inspo to your Pinterest board, started discussing who would make a great ‘I Do’ crew and thinking about venues. You may have both already faced some ‘opinions’ from family and friends on what they feel you should do for your wedding day. As an LGBTQ couple planning your wedding, you may notice as you go along that things are a little different for you both. Now, of course, it definitely shouldn’t be like this, but in a day and age when we still need Pride and LGBTQ awareness, things may be challenging sometimes. The great news is that you can definitely overcome any challenges with some prior contingency planning!
My wife and I got married last year and even though I’ve worked in the wedding industry for 13 years, I was still a little taken back, to put it mildly, at some of the challenges we faced… And I’m not even talking about the reaction to the relaxed ‘dress code’ we had either! We found ourselves regularly educating our family, guests and wedding suppliers on what we wanted and how to be fully inclusive. This took us back as you can imagine – who would have thought that in 2019, the wedding industry could still be so LGBTQ exclusive?
One of our bridesmaids bought us a pile of wedding magazines when we got engaged (not Rock n Roll Bride I must add!) As we sat down to go through them, I noticed a similar theme; none of them had any LGBTQ content whatsoever. How could I relate and plan my wedding using these magazines that were outdated in their view of modern day weddings? Blogs were a saving grace for us and showed us ‘real world’ weddings that were full of originality, inclusivity and diversity, rather than the well staged photo shoots featuring the same ‘Mr and Mrs’ narrative.
Americans Sean and John chose to travel to Ireland with a gang of family and friends to get married at Lisnavagh House in County Carlow. With the wedding being in February the weather was pretty insane – they even got a surprise snowstorm! They had a dress code of black and green which worked really well as it made for some really dramatic photos.
The theme was very much influenced by the season and location of the day. They wanted it to feel intimate, casual and fun with an edge of rock ‘n’ roll. “We were inspired by who we are as people for the wedding theme”, they told us. “We are from Los Angeles and flew across the world to get married. We are gay and we also didn’t have a traditional wedding party.”
Sebastian and Ramesh were married at Wilton Music Hall, a music hall with original cast iron pillars, balcony and decor in Whitechapel, London. Their choice of venue is what really set the theme for the day.
“Our theme was ‘Victorian cabaret with a bisexual colour scheme!’” the couple explained. “A lot of it started with the venue, Wilton Music Hall. Since we had a genuine Victorian music hall to work with, it seemed like it would be a shame not to take that and run with it.”