Kathy and Brit: On the Way to Their Big Gay Day!

Brit and Kathy on a stoop     Says our planning expert, David Toussaint: Beginning this week, I’ll be following two engaged women, Brit and Kathy, all the way to their Big Day in Manhattan on July 30, 2011. I’ll be covering their engagement from start to finish and will even be able to share stories from the ceremony itself since our fearless brides have graciously invited me to attend the ceremony.

Along the way, you’ll have the chance to listen in and learn first-hand about the joys and challenges of planning a lesbian wedding and enjoy their latest news, excitement, and planning developments. But, best of all, you’ll have the chance to hear some of the many Plan It, Toussaint tips and ideas I have to share with them as the year unfolds.

So buckle up because this is going to be a fun ride!

Meet The Brides

Names: Brit, 25, and Kathy, 31

Occupation: Brit is in medicine and Kathy works in finance.

Date of Wedding: July 30, 2011

Where: Chelsea Piers Pier 61, Sunset Terrace

Guest Count: 140

When Engaged: August 29, 2010

How They Met: Dating site

Biggest Planning Obstacles:

Brit and Kathy have budget and family issues. They are working with a budget of under $30,000, which is difficult anywhere, especially in Manhattan. They are using friends and family to help out. They also have family issues: though Brit’s relatives are onboard, Kathy’s parents have declared that they are boycotting the wedding.

The Checklist:

The couple have done much of their planning already. They have the site, the caterer, and they’ve picked their wedding party. There will be bridesmaids and groomsmen. They do not have their photographer yet, and they’re looking for some fancy desserts (I think I can be a lot of help with the sampling!).

Having just spoken to Kathy, who has picked out her dress, I’ve discovered that Brit is still in need of a suit. Says Kathy, “She wants something sexy, white, girly, with a nice pair of heels.” Their budget for the suit is $600, and Plan, It Toussaint is here to help. I’ll let you know how it goes, and keep you updated.

Incidentally, Brit hasn’t seen Kathy’s dress yet.

Ahh, romantics…

A big thanks to these women for allowing me to take part in their nuptials. I hope that you will join me in this venture, and offer up any advice you might have.

I’m also looking for two men who are going through the same process, so if that’s you, send me an email!

Best Wishes, and let’s get started!

David Toussaint is the author of the Gay Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning, Gay and Lesbian Weddings: Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony, and TOUSSAINT!.