Fresh, New: A *Really* Inclusive Queer Wedding Book

Today, we’re happy to introduce you to a brand-new queer wedding resource: Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding, by Kirsten Palladino of the Equally Wed website!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this beauty, which came out just yesterday from Seal Press.

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While some wedding books are sprawling encyclopedias, Equally Wed is a svelte paperback, organized into handy chapters that walk the reader through each step of the planning process—from announcing your engagement to picking out stationery and ordering food and drink. At each stage of the process, Kirsten includes Q & A sidebars with questions from real couples, wisdom from experienced LGBTQ+ wedding vendors, and “tasks to tackle” in order to ensure that every box is checked.

Each of these elements make Equally Wed a practical guidebook to wedding planning—but what really knocked our socks off here were the LGBTQ+-specific concerns that don’t usually make it into wedding books—and which Kirsten covers in great detail. The book begins with a glossary of terms that makes it clear that this is a book for everyone: here, Kirsten gives the reader clear, no-nonsense definitions of terms like “broom” and “gride,” as well as a nice explanation of “they” pronouns that seems like just the thing to photocopy for relatives in need of a little extra preparation.

The chapter on attire includes sections about gowns, suits, and more, including more than a page about binders and a great “Ask Kirsten” from a trans woman in need of practical dress-shopping advice. In discussing ceremony options, Kirsten includes a round-up of almost a dozen different traditions, including sand pouring and a chocolate ceremony—something that we had never heard of, but are now keen to explore!

Oh, and did we mention? The forward is by Lance Bass, of *NSYNC! What more could you ask for?

In a world with too few queer wedding books, Equally Wed is a wonderful addition to your planning library, particularly if you and/or your partner are tired of seeing the words “bride” and “groom” here, there, and everywhere. Learn more about the book here, and if you’re in the Atlanta area, head out to Kirsten’s launch party Thursday night, which will feature books, beer, snacks, and plenty of queer wedding goodness.

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Looking for more wedding-planning wisdom? Next week, we’ll have a post about Laura Leigh Abby’s new book 2Brides2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride, which turns two months old this weekend!

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