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Exclusive Invitation For Same-Sex Couples (5-21-06)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 21, 2006

GAYWEDDINGS.COM, OUTVITE.COM PARTNERSHIP YIELDS EXCLUSIVE WEDDING INVITATION FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2006) – GayWeddings.com, the leading online boutique for same-sex weddings, today announced a partnership to exclusively sell a new same-sex wedding invitation designed by OutVite.com, the first company of its kind to offer same-sex wedding stationery products. The invitation will make its national debut at the 60th Annual National Stationery Show in New York City, May 21-24, 2006.

“In the face of a wedding market which has traditionally ignored the same-sex couples to whom GayWeddings.com is dedicated, we relish the opportunity to work with another pioneer who shares our vision,” said Kathryn Hamm, president of GayWeddings.com, the gay wedding planning resource of OutVite.com. “GayWeddings.com is proud to recommend OutVite.com, as the preferred resource for same-sex friendly wedding invitations.”

“While so many couples await legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States OutVite.com and GayWeddings.com remain committed to embracing the many gay and lesbian couples who plan to celebrate their own special unions,” said Joanne Laipson, Director, Alliance and Business Development of OutVite.com.

Forbes.com estimates that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized in the United States today, it would add $16.8 billion into the wedding industry.

The new invitation, Contemporary Commitment, available exclusively on GayWeddings.com on May 15, features a shimmering bronze paper as the foundation layer for this elegant invitation. Invitation wording is printed in raised ink, in one’s choice of ink colors and font styles, on a rich second layer of cream paper. The ensemble, which can be ordered online or via the GayWeddings.com showroom, includes accessories such as reception cards, response sets, thank you cards and table cards.

About OutVite.com

OutVite.com is the nation's only full-featured website with wedding invitations and announcements designed specifically for the gay and lesbian consumer. OutVite.com.com features fine stationery items for life's most important events, including weddings and commitment ceremonies, combining households and moving, having a baby, adopting a new pet, birthday parties and more. OutVite.com.com takes advantage of a patented online preview technology, which returns the text the customer has submitted within seconds as an actual "preview" of the card. With a simple click of the mouse, customers can then make changes or revisions to their preview immediately. OutVite.com.com is proudly located in Massachusetts, where the Supreme Judicial Court has issued an opinion requiring an end to the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Visit www.OutVite.com.

About GayWeddings.com

While planning a wedding for daughter Kathryn in 1999, Gretchen was frustrated by the lack of resources available to same-sex couples and thus founded TwoBrides.com and TwoGrooms.com – the first such online boutiques to cater to the GLBT community – that same year. Based in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C., GayWeddings.com serves the under-served GLBT community with its community forum, national gay-friendly vendor directory, wedding planning seminars, consultation services, personalized customer service and its online boutiques, which feature hard-to-find gay wedding items including certificates, invitations, cake tops, albums, guest books, personalized accessories and more. Through advocacy, relationship building and education, GayWeddings.com strives to affect change in the wedding marketplace. Visit us at www.GayWeddings.com.

 

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