Earlier last week I received a rather interesting text from my friend at Bombay Dost to write an article about a wedding planner’s perspective of planning a gay wedding.

I have been asked to plan many weddings that I would term “offbeat”. From a wedding planners perspective a gay wedding would definitely top the charts for an offbeat wedding and a dream one to plan too.
At Pratha Weddings & Events, our perspective  of planning a gay wedding would be as equally detailed as the usual ones. There are micro and the macro aspects to each wedding. Finding a venue, catering etc are a few macro aspects of gay weddings that would be similar to other weddings but with a twist.
Micro aspects are more detail specific keeping in mind the tastes and preferences of the couple. It’s absolutely important to understand the tastes and preferences of both the partners and bring out themes that are artistically creative and pleasing at the same time. Some of the micro aspects of wedding planning can be as small as printing of invitation cards, deciding the theme of the decor, designing of clothes, etc. The most important aspects however would be to plan rituals, which I would be highlighting shortly.
These are the few of many things I would do to plan a gay wedding:
Venue: There are plenty of wedding venues dotted along the city landscape, some of them are indoor and few outdoor. The key is to find a venue that is LGBT friendly, liked by both the partners keeping in mind the amenities and the capacity of the venue.
Draw up a guest list. Every wedding is incomplete without a guest list. Having said that, always remember the wedding is all about you and you must invite only those people who are supportive of your life’s choices. Unsupportive guests, be it family or friends may mar the wedding celebrations.
Rituals: More often than not, the partners belong to a different caste, creed of religion. It’s always wise to keep both their sensibilities in mind and design the wedding rituals that they are comfortable with. Remember, both are equal partners and that’s how it has to be.
Every individual in this world dreams of getting married and it should not be any different for a gay or lesbian looking to get married. It’s completely an individuals prerogative of his choices and preferences and as a society we should respect their sensibilities. We at Pratha Weddings firmly believe in this form of expression and support their causes to the fullest.