If you have looked at my home page recently, you will notice the addition of a new badge which indicates I am now a certified planner for same-sex weddings. To achieve this certification, I took a webinar organized by Bernadette Smith of 14 Stories and Gay Wedding Institute. The three session course covered topics such as:
- Gay marriage and anti-discrimination laws in the US
- The differences between traditional and same-sex weddings
- How to screen wedding vendors
- Marketing tips
The course was really interesting and I was surprised at how much I didn’t know! One result of the course is that I have created some elopement packages (or ‘destination wedding packages’ if you prefer) for couples coming to MA, CT, NH, or VT (and RI to be added to that list soon, hopefully) from states where same-sex marriage is not yet legal to make their intimate celebration hassle-free. Depending on which one is selected, the elopment package might include assistance with the marriage licence, JP/officiant, photographer, flowers, and airport transfers, and more.
I am now looking forward to planning my first same-sex wedding celebration so bring it on!