Queer Card Guide: So You’re Engayged!

Sure, you can double-tap on the Instagram or press “love” for that Facebook relationship status update—but if you ask us, there’s  still nothing like a good old-fashioned card to mark a truly special occasion! Celebrate the engagements of all your lady and non-binary friends with these queer engagement cards.

If you’re looking for save-the-dates, invitations, and more, don’t forget to check out the stationery section of our vendor directory.

(Looking for queer wedding cards? That was last week’s topic!)

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(From left to right: Only Like Us & Quirky Paper Co.)

Engaygement Excitement

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(Clockwise from top left: Little Mushroom Cards, Smudge InkBrandy Mars Designs, Wynwood Letterpress)

Cute Animals Galore!

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(Clockwise from left: The Printable Card Shop, Tiffbitsktcrawford)

Bling-a-ling-ling

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(Left to right: Wanderlust 25 Paper Company & Loray Co.)

Very Funny

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(From left to right: Brandy Mars Designs & Peas and Cukes)

For the Feminine-of-Center

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(Clockwise from top left: Halifax Paper Hearts, Smudge InkMsSpanner, Nicole Marie Paperie)

And a little something for everyone!

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(Clockwise from top left: Hammerpress Studio, Steel Petal Press, Shop 803, Design with Heart)

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Flashback Friday: Katie & Sheila

While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team (and friends!) are revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!

Today’s wedding is from another one of our friends, Michelle, whose wedding & anniversary story appeared on the blog last year. When we asked for her flashback favorite, she picked Katie & Sheila’s South Carolina wedding from the fall of 2016.

From Michelle:

Everything about this wedding speaks to my heart—the colors, the setting, the tight budget. I deeply empathize with the struggle that comes from a long-distance relationship while one half is in another country—my own wife & began our courtship while she spent eight months away, most of that on the other side of the world. The photos of these ladies on their wedding day are evidence enough that their love is strong & beautiful, enough so that they can weather adversity and gather their loved ones together in celebration of who & what they are.

Favorite points: Guh, the dresses! Talk about “simplistically beautiful”! There’s nothing I don’t love about this wedding attire. (My wife & I also discussed wearing colored gowns while our bridemaids wore white, so my envy is showing a bit here.) The soft, dreamy pastels, the long clean lines of lace, the flower coronets: everything here works to showcase the image (my particular fave is the second-to-last one!) of a marriage built on love, trust, & the joy that comes from being together.

Photos courtesy of Cheye Hammond.

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Queer Card Guide: Wedding Delights!

I don’t know about all of you, but Ashley and I are delighted to have quite a few queer weddings on our calendar for 2017 and 2018—and that means plenty of opportunities for LGBTQ+ greeting card purchasing! While we were doing our research, we thought we’d share the wealth with this collection of lesbian and queer wedding cards.

Did we miss any? Link us to your favorites in the comments!

(Oh, and if you’re looking for engaygement cards… We’ll be back with another feature next week!)

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(From top to bottom: Paradise Papercraft & Proyecto Alegria)

For the Mrs. and Mrs.

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(Clockwise from the top left: Pretty by Her, Hennel Paper Company, Holly Collage, Honest AF Cards)

Two-Dress Fun

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(From left to right: Rosy Design Online & ARIllustration)

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(From left to right: This is Biscuit Studio & MsSpanner)

A Little Something for Everyone

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(Clockwise from top left: Emily McDowell, Paradise Papercraft, La Familia Green, Queer Pabuku)

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(Clockwise from top left: Hello Lucky, Red Cap Cards, Ladyfingers Letterpress, La Familia Green)

P.S. Maybe you’ve been reading about Hallmark’s new line of trans encouragement cards? Ladyfingers Letterpress, a long-time member of our vendor directory, also has some great designs for folks who are transitioning!

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Road Trip: Chicago

After two stops on the east coast, our road trip’s heading west to the Windy City, home to stylish brides and brooms, the famous “Bean,” and some gorgeous rooftop venues!

Nicole & Marla took advantage of the bright lights of the Chicago Theater to take this gorgeous engagement shot…

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And Lauren & Jessie‘s wedding party posed in front of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture!

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Navy Pier provides the perfect backdrop for Crissy & Erin‘s two dress gorgeousness…

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…while the Chicago skyline perfectly complements Amy & Amanda‘s, Nicole & Marla‘s, and Belinda & Phyllis’s photos.

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Julie & Laura & Crissy & Erin rock the rooftop wedding…

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And Lupe & LoriSusan & Julie, and Sarah & Jesse found the ideal graffiti-ed settings for these beautiful shots:

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We’ve got bridges, featuring Andrea & Kim and Sarah & Jesse

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…and streetscapes with Jen & Carien and Andrea & Julie.

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Plus, two awesome images from Jamie & Jesse‘s and Anna & Hannah‘s shoots at the Boardwalk Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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The biggest Chicago fans of all? That might just be Susan & Julie, whose Illinois wedding cake makes the perfect conclusion to this stop on our road trip!

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Flashback Friday: Emily & Elizabeth

While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team (and friends!) are revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!

Today’s wedding is one of those from the “and friends” referred to above—after an evening spent scrolling through the archives and enjoying miniature Kit Kats (the best!), Ashley’s roommate Audrey picked Emily & Elizabeth’s Seattle wedding as this week’s flashback, proclaiming them “really f***ing cute.”

When asked to elaborate, Audrey said that she loves:

-the way Emily and Elizabeth’s photographer incorporated the architecture of Four Points into their first look

-the gorgeous floral tattoo situation pictured below

-Emily and Elizabeth’s hair styles, which are “coordinated, but not too similar” 

-and of course, their adorable goose cake—for the full story behind that one, check out the original post

Audrey is currently looking for her “goose,” and though I offered to turn this post into a personal ad, for some reason, she thought that might not be the best way to find her soulmate…

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Fresh, New: A Sweet & Sassy Book for Brides

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ll agree with us when we say that the world could always use more LGBTQ+ wedding-planning resources, so today, we’re delighted to introduce you to another new wedding book: Laura Lee Abby’s 2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride, which came out at the beginning of April.

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2Brides 2Be is organized chronologically—Laura Leigh devotes the first three parts to pre-wedding goodness like engagement parties, registries, showers, and bachelorette parties, while parts four and five cover all aspects of the wedding itself, from the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon. Throughout, the book combines practical advice with stories from Laura Lee’s own experience planning her wedding to her wife Sam, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read that’s accentuated by Laura Lee’s sassy sense of humor.

As the title suggests, this book centers on the experience of couples planning two-bride weddings—and though that doesn’t necessarily mean two dresses (or any dresses), it does mean “she” pronouns, and, of course, the word “bride.” If that is you and your partner, Laura Lee has plenty of wisdom to impart, from sections on coming out in advance of the wedding and dealing with less-than-supportive family members to seeking out vendors and navigating both micro- and more-than-micro aggressions you may encounter as part of the planning process.

There’s another whole section on what Laura Lee says is one of the “most-asked” questions on her site: who walks down the aisle first—and another couple of pages devoted to last names, where Laura Lee explains her and Sam’s decision to take Sam’s middle name as their surname. Indeed, if you’re a bride marrying another bride and you have wedding-planning questions, chances are that Laura Lee has at least begun to answer them here, in a no-nonsense and upbeat manner that will buoy you along as your big day approaches.

And that’s not even to mention the gorgeous book design— 2Brides 2Be is a pretty little thing, with peach text boxes and simple, stylish illustrations that add variety to each page. If you’re looking for a beautiful, bride-centric wedding planning book, this one should be a welcome addition to your library!

You can learn more about the book here—and if you’re not already a regular reader of Laura Lee’s website 2Brides2Be, head on over for more real wedding inspiration!

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Still looking for more wedding-planning guidance? Last week, we featured Kirsten Palladino’s Equally Wed, a wonderful new book for LGBTQ+ folks.

Lesbian couples may also want to check out 2013’s The Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning, by Bernadette Smith of 14 Stories, a longtime member of our vendor directory and the planners responsible for quite a few lovely real wedding posts!

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Road Trip: New York City

For the second stop on our wedding season road trip, we’re taking you to New York City, the birthplace of this blog—and the site of so many beautiful queer love affairs. Scroll down for lots of Big Apple LBTQ+ wedding inspiration, and explore our archives for even more queer New York City wedding and engagement shoots.

We love these quintessential yellow cab shots with Benette & KatherineJulie & Rebecca, and Jill & Susanne:

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And these Grand Central photos, with Wilkins & Monica and Tiffany & Karmen:

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We’ve got love in the subway, with Amalia & Melissa and Ria & Robyn

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…and plenty of City Hall weddings, like Jordan & Meredith‘s and Jill & Susanne‘s:

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The Brooklyn Bridge makes a gorgeous backdrop for engagements, weddings, and *double* weddings, like these from Rheanna & MarthaLara & NicoleJulie, Kim, Jami, and Nivana, and Kristin & Diana:

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And Central Park’s the site of elopements galore, including Laura & Louise‘s, Latrice & Maurita‘s, and Kelley & Michelle‘s:

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Brooklyn offers brownstone beauty for Ria & RobynLauren & Emily, and Amalia & Melissa:

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Plus, colorful graffiti for Emily & Robin and Ericka & Emily:

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Finally, we have plenty of beautiful streetscapes—like these from Ria & Robyn and Marissa & Casi:

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New York, New York! It’s a wonderful town for all things wedding!

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