Are you looking for gay wedding ideas? In case you were out of the country on June 26, 2015, you might have missed the US Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. If you are part of the LGBTQ community or associated with it in any way, you already know that gay weddings are some of the best weddings because just about anything can happen. Outdoors, indoors, traditional, non-traditional, elaborate, quaint – you know, like straight weddings, only no one’s aunt sings Ave Maria out of tune (or maybe she does, depending on your family?).
A lot of gay weddings pop up that are incredibly unique and a bit out of the box, as compared to traditional marriage ceremonies. Why? The very nature of a gay wedding ceremony is about expressing love and values in a country where up until recently, the union wasn’t considered legal everywhere.
So as the floodgates open for more and more same-sex weddings, let’s look at the many wonderful, unique, and moving ways LGBTQ couples are making their nuptials special. Stefon might even whisper into his steepled hands, “These gay weddings have everything; hand-held chuppahs, carousels, Cirque du Soleil performers, the beach in the rain, Cyndi Lauper, drag queens, the best wedding photographers in the business, Converse, cowboy boots, chicken and waffles, fabulous wedding cakes, breathtaking locations, bites that foodies will love, cool DIY invitations, poolside receptions, and photos so stunning, you’ll cry like a unicorn who’s seen too much beauty.”
Some of these weddings are so elegant, you’re going to need Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings, but all of them demonstrate that a gay wedding ceremony’s foundation is love, support, and fun. No matter what kind of wedding ceremony you are planning, you can draw upon these weddings for inspiration. Don’t hate, appropriate… these gay wedding ideas.
Upvote the most creative and one-of-a-kind gay wedding below and let love win again.
Ravi + Todd: A Barn-Chic Indian Wedding
Daniel + Sauce: A Wedding Alice in Wonderland Would Love
The first gay wedding at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA allowed Daniel and Sauce to capture the whimsy and magic of their relationship. The invitations, the food, the cool cake with the mustache, the touch of pastel throughout the event, their bowties, their well-matched suits, to the carousel ride for guests… every aspect of the wedding was about love and fun. Daniel and Sauce knew just how to create a wonderful day for themselves and everyone who attended.
Scott + Tim: Modern Jewish Wedding
This airplane-themed wedding brought many elements together and made for a most charming event. Scott proposed to Tim with an airplane banner so they decided to fully embrace that as inspiration for the wedding and reception. There was a hand-held chuppah and Tim’s mom sang at the ceremony. Actual Cirque du Soleil performers were at their reception. Hard to top.
Tim + Michael: Love in the Desert
Jackie + Sarah: Sunsets & Cowboy Boots
Robyn + Michelle: Simple Elegance
Salvatore + Gerard: Posh Wedding with a Drag Queen and Taylor Dayne
Even though Salvatore and Gerard were married at the justice of the peace in Beverly Hills, CA, they wanted to create their vows for their friends and family. They chose Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills. Ingenue, a nightclub hostess and emcee, officiated. Taylor Dayne sang “Tell It to My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back.” The couple pampered their guests with a 360 view of LA, delicious food, and entertainment they will not soon forget.
Adam + Dave: Location, Location, Location
Adam and Dave chose the magnificent and film-worthy Crane Estate in Ipswitch, MA, for their nuptials – and not randomly. Adam vacationed there with his family and took Dave when they started dating, and it was there that the couple fell in love. Adam designed the invitations, printed, and assembled them. The flowers and food were perfection. The venue didn’t overpower the event. Nicely done, Adam and Dave.
Elaine + Annabeth: Celebrated 26 Years Together and Their Faith
This Atlanta couple was thrilled to be able to married in the Episcopal Church even before same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states. Their gay wedding at St. Luke’s focused on their love for their church, their community, and for each other. They tried to use as many colors as possible throughout the ceremony to represent rainbow colors.
Jennifer + Amy: No Roof, No Problem
Jennifer and Amy chose a wedding path that was completely unique to them. The brides chose an urban setting, The IceHouse, with traditional touches but certainly put a twist on them. How about a bouquet made out of metal and some punk bridesmaids? Jennifer’s advice: “Use your imagination – don’t do something because you think it’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do.”
Kirstie + Kayce: Embraced Nature and Cyndi Lauper
We all can’t have Cyndi Lauper at our wedding, but we can invite the people who love and support us. Kirstie and Kayce chose the great outdoors of Malibu, CA and simple lights from the trees with chairs for guests. As with any special day, it all came down to those special little touches such as the rings, vows, and the love in the air. It also doesn’t hurt to have Cyndi Lauper break into her own song at the reception.
Jeannine + Robin: Break Tradition, Create Their Own
Robert + Kyle: Island Love
La Zebra in Tulum, Mexico was the perfect wedding destination for this couple. Robert and Kyle got to take in the gorgeous scenery while getting ready, walking barefoot out to their awaiting friends and family for a Mayan ceremony.