Same-Sex Wedding Planning

Kathryn Hamm

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Where do we begin?

We hear this question all the time so you are not alone!

In this section you’ll find basic articles by Kathryn Hamm and the team about gay & lesbian wedding planning, find links to same-sex wedding planning guides, gift registries and resources, and learn more about the legal landscape and how it might affect your same-sex marriage plans. You can also find some targeted tips to help you when finding and contracting with the wedding professionals who will support you on your Big Day; and, your friends and family can find resources to help them support you.

About Our Guest Author

Bernadette Coveney SmithWe want to offer nothing less than the best to our readers and engaged couples, and that’s why we’ve invited Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories to co-author this section with us. Bernadette founded her gay wedding planning company in Massachusetts and is the first planner in the U.S. to specialize in planning in legal weddings for same-sex couples. We developed a gay and lesbian wedding planning seminar together in 2006, and supported Bernadette in developing the first legal elopement packages, which we offered in our groundbreaking gay and lesbian wedding boutique. She’s the author of two same-sex wedding planning guidesGay Wedding Confidential and The Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning — and is the first planner we turn to when our couples ask for a referral in Massachusetts or New York.

You’ll see her byline below the articles she has authored, most of which have been adapted (and edited by from her first book, Gay Wedding Confidential, and her 14 Stories blog.


If you are looking for tips from wedding experts and information on the latest trends, we offer a steady stream of articles with ideas and solutions. If you are looking for inspiration from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) couples, you’ll enjoy our Real Weddings and Real Engagements.

┬áSo If You Are Ready…

Let’s get started with gay and lesbian wedding planning 101!