How To Plan Bay Area LGBTQ Weddings That Will Suit Any Budget Or Style

By Scott Hamilton

If you are living in the Bay area and you want to get married you have many amazing options to choose from. Bay area LGBTQ weddings can be meaningful and romantic. Part of what makes them so stunning is the beautiful surroundings that can be easy to find in this part of the country. Whether you want to marry your partner in a laid back, relaxed setting or you want a more formal event, here are some things to think about when you are planning your wedding.

You really need to decide what your budget is going to be before you do any planning. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a beautiful location or reception space only to find out that it will end up costing more than you can spend. Prioritize what you will be spending your budget on. Is your location most important or do you want to allocate funds to pay for what you will be wearing that day as well.

While many people love the idea of a formal celebration, you shouldn't be stressed out if you would rather plan a more casual ceremony. Only you know which options will best reflect you and your partner as a couple. Once you have an idea about the kind of celebration you want you can then start looking at venues that support your vision.

Once you have a few ideas about your celebration you can set your date. Waiting until you know where you want to marry before setting your date may seem odd but if you love the idea of being outdoors or if you want to use a seasonal location you may have specific times of the year that would be a better choice. Some venues also change their pricing based on the time of year which can affect your budget.

If you want your celebration to last longer than one day you'll be happy to learn that it is becoming increasingly common for people to plan multi-day celebrations. You may want to consider doing the same thing especially if you want to help your out of town guests enjoy the Bay area. You may want to choose outings and activities that tie in with the theme of your wedding as a way of tying the entire experience together.

While your family may be pushing you to have a large celebration where all of your family is present, this is not always what a couple may want. If you would like a smaller, more intimate celebration you should feel free to plan that kind of wedding. If you want to come up with a compromise, you may want to explore the idea of planning a larger party after.

Working with a wedding planner can be a great idea regardless of whether you want a large celebration or a smaller event. It may not be a bad idea to work with someone whose business has an LGBTQ positive designation. If you have friends who recently tied the knot and they used a planner, it may be a good idea to find out who they used.

While you may want to rush out and make as many of the decisions as you can as quickly as possible this may only end up making you feel stressed. By starting early, breaking down the planning into manageable steps and taking your time before making decisions you may be amazed at how relaxed and enjoyable the planning process can be.

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