Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: 10 Gay Wedding Ideas and Party Favors From Pinterest

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We all love Pinterest, and there’s quite a few fantastic ideas, pictures, and concepts that can provide some awesome inspiration when planning a gay wedding. We picked our top ten favorite pins that will give our soon-to-be wed gay couples some fabulous ideas that they can incorporate into their own celebrations!



Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Steve Seminelli + Joe Parisi

Steve Seminelli & Joe Parisi

Steve Seminelli & Joe Parisi

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: Steve Seminelli and Joe Parisi  from Philadelphia. The pair had their wedding in late October, but were one of the first gay couples to get a marriage certificate from City Hall in May, when the landmark marriage equality ruling was handed down.

Names: Steve Sminelli and Joe Parisi

How long have you been together? 6 years

When did you get married? October 25, 2014

Tell us about it: With the surprise law change back in May, Joe and I were one of the first gay male couples to get a marriage license in the city of Brotherly Love. We made it official in October with a religious ceremony at one of the most historic churches in the country: Christ Church. With our family and friends in the same pews where Benjamin Franklin and George Washington once sat, we took our vows before God and each other.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Lianne and Carmina

Lianne and Carimina swimming in the Philippines.

Lianne and Carmina swimming in the Philippines.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: Lianne and Carmina from Collingdale, Pennsylvania. The couple were married in Washington, and they have quite a story about a party crasher at their wedding ceremony.

Names: Lianne and Carmina

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 4 years

When did you get married?: July 2010

Lianne and Carmina.

Lianne and Carmina.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married in Washington, DC. Our closest friends and family members attended our courthouse ceremony and reception at the Beacon Hotel. We had about 20 people total. The most memorable part was saying our vows in front of the people in our lives that matter most. And the random guy who walked in …

While at the courthouse, there was a private room where the ceremony was performed. All of our friends and family gathered in the room as we waited for the official to start. Suddenly, a stranger wondered in and sat down in the room with us. Everyone started to look at each other, wondering who this man was. Eventually, he realized he didn’t know anyone else and excused himself. It is something we all remember to this day.

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Sheri Donley + Meredith Swinney

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Philadelphia’s Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney. The couple planned their wedding for years but secretly hoped that Pennsylvania would change their marriage equality laws so they could tie the knot here; lucky for them, their dream came true.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Dana and Tracey Jones

Dana and Tracey Jones

Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Dana and Tracey Jones, a lesbian couple from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who incorporated their two lovely children in their marriage ceremony.

Names: Dana and Tracey Jones

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 2 years

When did you get married?: October 2, 2010, in Pennsylvania with a ceremony and reception. Then we did it in New York City to make it legally recognized on April 20, 2012.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott with Mayor Nutter.

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott with Mayor Michael Nutter.

Every Wednesday, we feature a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Anthony Lower and Nick Scott from Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

Names Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married? 18 years

When did you get married? May 24, 2014

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

We got our license on day two, missing the license office closing by two minutes on the first day. We walked out with the license not knowing what to do next. We wanted a big wedding, but hadnt saved for one. That Friday, City Hall called to ask if we wanted to be married on Saturday by Mayor Nutter. It turned out there were 20 couples being married. My brother and his wife came and cried the entire time. Our ceremony, vows provided by the judge who married us, was lovely. We both cried as well—though the video doesn’t show it. People on the streets were knew we were newly married. We got lots of “Congratulations” yelled out of cars and across the street as we walked to lunch from City Hall. Then there was the decrepit, sweet-looking little old man who asked me where my bride was and then called us “f*ggots”! Nick, my brother, his wife, Nick’s best friend, and I laughed our asses off.

Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?

  • The folks at Farrell’s Florist in Drexel Hill were awesome. As soon as they heard “gay wedding,” they were very excited that we’d be their first one and treated us so well.
  • The folks at Macy’s helped us find the perfect suits; like we were family members.
  • We did spend the honeymoon weekend in The Windsor Suites Hotel and even though they were booked due to some event in the city, they upgraded us to a really nice room on check-in when they realized we’d just been married. The entire front desk team was clapping.

Want to be featured in a future Wedding Wednesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

To Do: Workout for Brides (with Cocktails!) in Wissahickon Valley Park

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Wissahickon Valley Park | Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Getting hitched soon? Philly brides are invited to Cardio and Cocktails, a group run and cocktail tasting in Wissahickon Valley Park.

You’ll start the evening off with a run led by always-energetic personal trainer Holly Waters through the Wissahickon trails. Once you’re nice and sweaty, you’ll end your run at Valley Green Inn, where you’ll enjoy a cocktail tasting and a chat with wedding planner Kate Harron. So this event has cardio, cocktails, and weddings—can you think of a better combo?

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Colleen McDermott

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, ally Colleen McDermott, owner and officiant of Marry Me Philadelphia (MMP), a service that happily performs same-sex unions in Philly and beyond. 



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