At long last, the gay marriage laws came into effect in the UK on March the 29th of this year. Gay weddings are now a reality! If you’re one of the many couples looking to make the most of the change in policy in time for nuptials this summer, you have a lot to organise. What do you need to consider in order to ensure that your gay wedding is a day to remember for all the right reasons? Hemingway Tailors have put together a short check-list to help you get organised.
Or should that be the venues? You’ll need to organise a venue for the ceremony and a venue for the reception, and depending on your taste and the taste of your partner, these can vary significantly. Do you want to tie the knot in a registry office or a gay-friendly church? If the latter is the case then www.gaychurch.org might be of service to you. Your reception should take place somewhere you love, but make sure it’s big enough to accommodate your guests comfortably!
The guest list
Writing up a wedding guest list is always difficult, and that’s the case for gay weddings too. Who should you invite and where do you draw the line? We find that the easiest thing to do is to limit the ceremony itself to close friends and family, and open up the reception to eager work colleagues and those aunties you see twice a year. That way, everyone is happy and you aren't forced to compromise!
What about the suits for your gay wedding? Decisions, decisions – will you be looking to match details of your suits, wear the same suits or go for different styles that fit together perfectly? No matter what you choose it’s important to ensure that your suits complement one another – there’s nothing worse than a couple whose outfits clash. Your gay wedding is a special experience and you deserve to look your best, so why not order a pair of bespoke or made-to-measure suits from Hemingway Tailors?
A top-quality suit is only one part of your wedding day outfit, however. Accessories are another, so you’ll need to think long and hard about your belt, shoes, neckwear and watch – you might even decide to wear a pocket square. Again, do what you can to avoid clashes – if your husband-to-be is wearing tan leather shoes and a tan leather belt, make sure your accessories aren’t black!
As much as we wish it could be, a wedding is never just about the happy couple. It’s important to keep your guests as sweet as possible too, and that means catering. Your gay wedding reception is a chance to book some truly exciting caterers to give all of your friends and family the opportunity to dine together and celebrate your love. No matter which caterers you choose, don’t forget to take any dietary requirements into consideration.
There are countless extras to consider when it comes to organising a wedding. From place cards to table flowers, boutonnières to the wedding band, it’s your job to organise everything ahead of time! Make sure that nothing is left to the last minute and that the day will run as smoothly as possible, without interruption. There’s bound to be something you’ll forget, but so long as you’re organised enough it shouldn't be too important!
Here at Hemingway Tailors we wish all of the UK’s same-sex couples love and happiness for the year ahead. If you’re looking to tie the knot this year, why not consider doing so in style with a bespoke or made-to-measure suit from our team of expert tailors?