Gay and Lesbian Marriage Spotlight

Expert wedding planning advice at WeddingAces.com

We're back from vacation and thrilled to spotlight a few gay & lesbian wedding highlights to consider this week.

GayWeddings.com Featured Expert Ace on WeddingAces

We are thrilled to have been invited by WeddingWire to participate as an expert on its fabulous wedding planning blog, WeddingAces.com. The blog offers useful tips and identifies trends for brides, grooms and vendors — straight and gay alike. I've been incredibly impressed with the posts of my fellow experts and look forward to adding my own "outside the box" planning perspective, while simultaneously demystifying same sex unions for those who have not encountered them previously. If you haven't already added WeddingAces to your feeds, we encourage you to do so! Meanwhile, check out some of our recent articles:

Meet the Ace: Kathryn H.

It's Your Party! Make Your Reception & Ceremony Reflect Your Relationship, Interests & Values

Stunning New Line of Unique Diamond Wedding Rings Finds Sweet Spot Between Trendsetting & Traditional

Which Finger For My Gay Wedding Ring

14 Stories Seeks Your Participation in Survey

We are thrilled to support long-time colleague Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories in her attempt to build the "largest survey ever of LGBT brides & grooms."

Her survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and the

information will be held under strict confidence. The survey results will be used

by the 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute to educate wedding industry

vendors on the nuances of LGBT weddings and those who complete the survey can enter to win a $100 iTunes gift card.

For those of you who haven't met Bernadette, she is an outstanding same sex wedding planner whom we first met back in 2005 when she launched her Massachusetts-based wedding planning business with the express goal of specializing in legal ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. We have referred countless couples to her as a result of her professionalism, effectiveness and experience, and we take special pride in having been one of the first gay & lesbian wedding specialists and nationally-based companies to recognize & support her talents.

So, please take a few minutes to take her survey. Your contribution will help vendors better understand the needs of our community.

Prop 8 Stay Ruling Expected This Week

As many of you know, Judge Walker of California recently ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and thus paved the way for gays and lesbians to begin marrying in California again. A temporary stay had been issued but was then lifted several days later by Judge Walker; the decision to lift the stay is now pending appeal via the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If the Court does not step in, gay and lesbian couples may begin marrying in California as early as this week (San Francisco Chronicle).The Ninth Circuit Court has not given any indication of when it might weigh in and, notably, the state of California is not defending Prop 8. It remains likely that this case will eventually wind its way to the Supreme Court, but same sex couples in California (excepting those 18,000 whose 2008 marriages have remained legal and valid in spite of Prop 8 passing at the ballot box) remain on pins & needles, waiting to find out if their dreams of legal marriage will become a reality as early as this week.