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Love and Pride: 10 Ways to Celebrate Pride at your Wedding!

Happy Pride! As we dive into our annual festival filled with glitter, sequins, unicorns, and rainbows, I want to take a moment to celebrate the love stories of all the queer couples I’ve had the pleasure to work with. As an LGBTQ+ wedding planner, Pride Month is a time for me to honor freedom and authenticity in every form. I especially cherish the opportunity to tell the love stories of my queer couples.

Whether you’re planning your wedding or just gathering ideas, here are 10 fabulous ways to infuse Pride into your special day. From vibrant decor to inclusive vendors, these ideas will help you celebrate your love with pride and joy.

1. Rainbow-Inspired Stationery: Chris and Ines

Chris and Ines knew they wanted a wedding that celebrated their love for each other and their favorite things—Beyoncé and Steven Universe. Their rainbow-themed stationery set the perfect tone with a stunning galaxy design, black paper, and a beloved quote from Steven Universe. This vibrant invitation suite was just the beginning of their colorful celebration.

2. Pride Cocktails: David and Jerrell

During Black Gay Weddings' first styled shoot in June 2021, Glamorous Drinks showcased a colorful cocktail named "Taste the Rainbow." This refreshing drink, featuring vodka, pineapple juice, grenadine, and blue curaçao, is a fantastic nod to Pride. It’s an ideal signature cocktail for any queer wedding or celebration.

3. Rainbow-Inspired Flowers: Kathleen and Gabrielle

Kathleen and Gabrielle desired a modern, chic wedding with a rainbow theme. They opted for sophisticated, colorful blooms that beautifully represented the Pride flag. Their vibrant floral arrangements by A Pretty Flower added just the right amount of color and elegance to their special day.

4. Rainbow Cake Delight: Kathleen and Gabrielle

Another highlight of Kathleen and Gabrielle’s wedding was their gorgeous two-tiered buttercream cake. Created by Alliance Bakery and Amazing Edibles Catering, this rainbow-inspired cake was a sweet addition to their reception at 63rd Street Beach. It perfectly complemented their rainbow-themed celebration.

5. Pride-Themed Details: Mike and Adam

For Mike and Adam, the magic of their wedding was in the details, each one telling a part of their unique love story. As avid collectors with over 75 Funko Pops, they knew they wanted to weave their beloved hobby into their wedding decor. Every Funko Pop on display held special significance, representing moments and memories from their journey together. From their favorite girl group, TLC to iconic queer characters from The Golden Girls, these whimsical figures brought their celebration to life. The personalized touch of these collectibles added a joyful and nostalgic flair, creating a wedding day that Mike and Adam will cherish forever.

6. Book a Drag Performance: Mike and Adam

Incorporating drag performances is a fantastic way to elevate the fun at queer weddings. Whether as MCs or performers, drag queens (or kings!) add excitement and entertainment. At Bill and Jermell’s reception, a drag performance was the highlight, leading into an unforgettable final act of the night. Mike and Adam had Bella Deballe MC their "Game Night" portion of their reception. She got the crowd excited about the prizes and even performed a number before handing it over to the DJ to continue the party!.

Photo Credit: Dee Jeff Media

7. Pride-Themed Photography: Chris and Ines

Choosing meaningful locations for wedding photos can create lasting memories. Chris and Ines chose to have their photos taken in Chicago’s Northalsted (formerly Boystown), the heart of the city’s queer community. The murals, art installations, and rainbow crosswalks provided a vibrant backdrop that beautifully captured their celebration of love.

Photo Credit: Big-TSU Media

8. LGBTQ-Owned Venues: Bill and Jermell

Supporting LGBTQ-owned businesses is a wonderful way to celebrate your love. Bill and Jermell held their wedding at The Glenwood, a beloved LGBTQ-owned dive bar near their home. My team transformed this special place into the perfect venue, creating an intimate setting that reflected their unique love story.

9. LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors: Mike and John

When planning your wedding, it's crucial to find vendors who are truly supportive of your love and identity. Mike and John spent considerable time vetting inclusive vendors through sites like LGBTQBizList. Their careful selection ensured that their wedding day was filled with professionals who celebrated and respected their love.

10. Hiring an LGBTQ Wedding Planner: That’s Me!

When planning your wedding, especially as a queer couple, you need someone who truly understands your journey, shares in your joy, and stands by you every step of the way to saying “I do.” It’s crucial to find safe spaces where you can be your authentic selves, and this is especially true when planning one of the most significant days of your life.

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I’ve experienced the highs and lows of self-acceptance, love, and living authentically. I know firsthand the challenges and triumphs that come with being queer. No one can empathize with your story quite like a fellow member of the community.

As a queer wedding planner, I’m dedicated to understanding and celebrating your love story. I’ve navigated countless weddings and am here to support you through every moment—holding your hands, wiping your tears, and sharing in your joy. My goal is to ensure that you and your partner have the most amazing day possible, filled with love, pride, and authenticity.

Your love story is a beautiful addition to the chorus of voices declaring, “Love is Love!”—no matter who you love. I can’t wait to help you tell your story with grace, joy, and, most of all, pride.

Happy Pride Month to all the wonderful queer couples out there! I can’t wait to meet you and help tell your love story with grace, joy, and most of all...PRIDE!

To schedule your consultation, fill out the contact form on my website or book a free 30-minute chat with me here. Cheers to love!


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