The world is slowly changing for the better. The love between any two people can be recognised formally and legally in more places than ever before. So what are you waiting for? If you’re hoping to declare publicly your love in a beautiful ceremony this year, there are a few essentials you can’t do without.
For better or for worse, here are the top five wedding must-haves to make your special day perfect.
Now you can marry in an official ceremony, it’s important to pick someone to officiate the proceedings. In some places, you may need to approach your local government office to find someone licenced to perform your ceremony. In other places, you can ask a friend or family member to apply for a licence online. Find someone who is comfortable with public speaking. Also, if you want some poetry readings, make sure they’re prepared to take that on too.
You may have been wearing each other’s rings for a long time already. But if you’re about to make your relationship official, why not celebrate it in style? The giving of rings is a traditional part of wedding ceremonies, and there’s nothing stopping the two of you enjoying it too. You can find gay or lesbian wedding rings that celebrate your union perfectly if you shop in the right places. Don’t forget to inscribe a personal message of love inside each ring.
DRESSES AND SUITS
Getting dressed up for the wedding is one of the best things about the whole day. Same-sex marriages call for a little more creativity, though. After all, you want the two dresses or the two suits to complement each other. You may choose matching outfits, or you might prefer something bespoke that better suits each of your personalities. The most important thing is that you both feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. The photos will capture the moment forever.
No celebration is complete without some upbeat and romantic music for the soundtrack to your wedding. You could have live musicians or just a playlist from your iPod. Traditionally, music is played as the bride walks down the aisle. However, you can choose to have a different track for each partner or something in the background as guests arrive. The First Dance is one of the most important tracks to choose. It needs to be a song that means something special to you both as a couple.
Are you planning a traditional wedding? Or is it something more suited to you both as a couple? Either way, the speeches are really important. They give you an opportunity to thank those who have influenced your lives. You can toast those who brought the two of you together. And they’re the perfect time to toast each other as you celebrate your union. They don’t need to be long, but they should be poignant.
CONSIDER WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WEDDING
For holistic planning, also think of what happens after the wedding – say, the honeymoon. To keep the fire burning in the bedroom, consider buying sex toys (since sex matters, yes!). Yes, you may also want to consider investing as a couple (say, in real estate, business, and so on), but that night together after the ceremony is a good start to enjoying time together as a couple.
Always remember that a wedding is such a beautiful event. Everyone should have the opportunity to share their love with their friends and family. A wedding is a great way to celebrate a relationship, whether it’s a legally formed union or something more private. Make your love known and celebrated at your wedding in 2016.