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Gallery: You’re Invited!

It’s easy to think that the wedding fun begins with the guests’ arrival, but arguably, it starts weeks—probably, even months—before that, when the invitations arrive in the mail! In honor of National Letterwriting Month (one of my favorite occasions), we’re featuring a smattering of beautiful invitations from our archives and inviting you to share your favorite invitation-related tips! Are you drawn to black and white? Bright and colorful? Travel-themed invites for your destination wedding? Gorgeous letterpress paper goods by artisans like longtime Bicycle friend Ladyfingers Letterpress? Online-only RSVPs?

Check out the variety of invitations here and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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For more LBTQ wedding inspiration, check out our other galleries

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Popping the Question: Love Songs

Welcome to Popping the Question, our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two, where we tackle questions unique to wedding-planning as a queer couple. 

Today, we’re thinking about music—a tricky thing for every couple, but one that can be made even trickier if you (like me) tend to get hung up on things like heteronormativity or gender pronouns! So today, we’re asking for suggestions for the ultimate LBTQ wedding playlist: What songs were or will be must-plays for your wedding day? What about that all-important “first dance” song?

Take a quick break from calling your senators and writing to Congress (you’re doing that, right, U.S. readers?) to drop us a line or leave a comment.

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What was your “first dance” song? What will be the theme song of your wedding? What are your favorite not-too-heteronormative love songs?

Share your song suggestions in the comments and/or via email. Then, we’ll make a playlist for everyone to enjoy!

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In other news, we’re always accepting your submissions. Now more than ever, we are committed to celebrating our love and our community, and seeing photos from your weddings and engagements in our inbox warms the cockles of our queer hearts!

Photo courtesy of Nicole Barr.

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Popping the Question: Put a Ring On It

Welcome to our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two: Popping the Question! Based on the interests you expressed in our survey this summer, we’ll be tackling some questions that unique to wedding planning as a queer couple. 

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Today’s questions are all about engagement rings: How did you pick them out? Did one of you surprise the other? Was it important to you to have matching or complementary styles? Or did you skip the rings entirely, in favor of tattoos or an engagement puppy?

Whether you’re married, engaged, or simply dreaming of future rings, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this post or get in touch with us. We’ll be accepting responses through next Friday, November 25th, and then we’ll compile a post with some of our favorite stories, so get in touch!

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In other news, we’re always accepting your submissions. Now more than ever, we are committed to celebrating our love and our community, and seeing photos from your weddings and engagements in our inbox warms the cockles of our queer hearts!

Photos courtesy of Scott Martin Studio.

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Giveaway: The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss

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The first thing you need to know about Mindy Weiss is that she planned Ellen and Portia’s wedding, and if that doesn’t impress you, well then, you probably shouldn’t keep reading!

Seriously, Mindy Weiss knows her stuff, and if that weren’t clear from her celebrity wedding credits, it would be obvious from the 484-page opus that is the revised and updated Wedding Book.

After perusing our review copy, I can assure you that it contains pretty much anything you could ever need to know about planning a wedding: from the different kinds of tents you might rent to the different kinds of lace you might find on your wedding gown (should you choose to wear one!).

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There’s information galore here, but the thing that really seduced me was the organizational resources. If you’re the sort of person who loves three-ring binders, you will swoon over the charts, checklists, and calendars in The Wedding Book: from a full-page list of shots you might request from your photographer to a budget breakdown and guide for estimating tips for everyone from your hairstylist to the catering staff. The back of the book includes not one, but two wedding-planning calendars—one for a one-year planning process, and another for if you’re working with less time.

This isn’t a book that focuses particularly on LBTQ weddings (maybe one day we’ll write that one for you!), but a free book is a free book, and this one covers nearly every aspect of wedding planning—from old-school concerns like picking out china patterns to decidedly modern tips on wedding hashtags and elegant ways to ban cellphones from your ceremony. There are a few notes on same-sex ceremonies sprinkled throughout the book, but the real value here is in the breadth and depth of information that applies to all kinds of unions. And although some of us here at A Bicycle Built for Two may be setting out to break traditions rather than uphold them, this book provides useful information to help you navigate conversations with family members who bring certain expectations to the wedding planning process.  

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Today, we’re giving away a copy of Mindy Weiss’s new and improved The Wedding Book to one lovely reader. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us about the part of wedding planning you look forward to the most—or the least (or, if you’ve already tied the knot and plan on gifting the book to a friend, tell us what parts of your planning were the easiest and hardest). We’ll accept comments through this Friday at noon EST, then pick a winner.

Finally, if you want even more of The Wedding Book (or if you like looking at gorgeous photos of alpine venues!), stroll on over to Mountainside Bride, the next step on the book’s blog tour. We’ll be back on Wednesday with more LBTQ beauty here! 

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Popping the Question: What’s in a Name?

Welcome to our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two: Popping the Question! Based on the interests you expressed in our survey this summer, we’ll be tackling some questions that unique to wedding planning as a queer couple.

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Our first question is about last names: Did you (or do you plan to) keep yours? Take your partner’s? If so, how do you pick which name to keep?

We’re heard about (and featured!) a variety of creative solutions, but now, we want to hear your stories. Leave a comment on this post or get in touch with us to let us know what you think about this question—whether you’re married, planning a wedding, or just planning ahead. We’ll be accepting responses through this Friday, September 16th, and then we’ll compile a post with some of our favorite stories, so get in touch!

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In other news, we’re still enthusiastically accepting your submissions of wedding and engagement photos. If you went to, were in, or had a beautiful queer wedding (or engagement!) this summer, send those pictures our way!

Photo courtesy of Tara Beth Photography.

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Sponsored Post: Pridezillas

A Bicycle Built for Two is running a series of sponsored posts featuring some of our favorite vendors, who are ready to help you with all your planning needs!

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Pridezillas, a website designed especially for same-sex couples as we search for the very best photographers, planners, caterers, musicians, officiants, and the like! Rather than leaving us to wonder whether a particular vendor will be supportive of our love, Pridezillas offers a searchable database of vendors who are as excited about same-sex weddings as we are. (Think of it as an even bigger version of A Bicycle Built for Two’s own vendor directory for all your wedding planning needs!)

Pridezillas’ founder, Maryann, is a great friend and ally to the LGBTQ community. Recently, we talked to her about the site’s many features– and the friendship that inspired her to start Pridezillas in the first place!

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How does Pridezillas work?

Pridezillas is a directory of gay-friendly wedding vendors in all 50 states– and a few other countries! We have over 1,000  wedding vendors listed with us, and on every listing page you can read the vendor’s statement of why they personally support same-sex weddings. With our gay-friendly wedding vendors, you know you are welcome, you are wanted, and you are celebrated! Plus, some of our vendors provide special offers exclusive to Pridezillas same-sex couples such as 10% off services, free engagement photo shoots, and more.  

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 7.25.36 PMHere’s a selection of vendors that pop up for Providence, Rhode Island, one of my personal favorite cities!

What other services does Pridezillas offer?

If you can’t find a vendor on our site, we provide free outreach to wedding photographers, wedding DJs, wedding planners, ministers, and others to help you find the right vendors for your wedding. We grow our list of gay-friendly wedding vendors daily, and our goal is to build the best LGBT wedding resource of welcoming experts eager to work with same-sex couples who are planning one of the most memorable days of their lives. We keep pricing low for vendors to sign up in order to create the best, largest list for same-sex couples– and 10% of our proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign!

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 8.20.32 PMThis is one of Pridezilla’s vendor pages for a Texas-based photographer who’s featuring a great promotional offer for new clients!

What inspired you to start Pridezillas?

I created Pridezillas in 2013 because my best friend of over fifteen years is a gay man. He stood up in my wedding, and I plan to stand up in his one day. Pridezillas was started because I never want him to face discrimination when he plans his wedding. No one should be afraid to come out to a wedding vendor for fear of being turned away. That is unacceptable to me. We have found hundreds of wedding vendors across the world that want to voice their support for the LGBT community and for same-sex couples to marry without prejudice.

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Tell us more about you and James!

James is my inspiration for Pridezillas.com. He’s always been able to make me laugh until I’m crying and peeing in my pants. He opened my eyes to the realities, struggles, ups and downs and sometimes heartbreak that comes with being gay… I still remember the night he came out to me and another one of our close friends. It was no secret to me but I still admire him for how much courage that must have taken. His nervousness was visible, but I think once we showed no surprise he was relieved. Nothing was going to change our friendship–if anything his strength to trust in us made it that much more special. I’m grateful for him and his impact on my life.

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Follow Pridezillas on Twitter and check out Pridezilla’s Facebook page for some of their recent vendor discounts from photographers, planners, and more.

We’d like to thank Maryann for sharing her story and her images– and for her sponsorship of A Bicycle Built for Two!

If you’re a photographer, planner, or other wedding vendor interested in being featured in a sponsored post, drop us a line! We’d love to talk to you.

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