Planning your Same-Sex Wedding or Civil Partnership Ceremony

Have you considered hiring a dedicated Gay Wedding Planner to help relieve some of the stress when planning your big day? We're thrilled to welcome Andrew Jackson, from The UK Gay Wedding Planner, who's kindly submitted some tips and things to think about when planning your same-sex wedding or civil partnership ceremony. 


The UK Gay Wedding Planner

stylish – professional – meticulous 

“Invitations? They’re late from the printers. DJ? Can’t get hold of him. Venue? They’ve double-booked. Table-plan? Can’t seat Sarah next to Jayne, they hate each other…”

… and breathe! 

Alongside: moving house; having a baby; taking your driving test; and changing your job; wedding or civil partnership planning is considered to be one of the top most stressful ‘life events’ ever!

Did you know that, on average, 250 hours are spent planning and organising a Civil Partnership ceremony or wedding? The right planning (from at least 12-18 months before the big day) and organising is essential to make it a day to be remembered for all the right reasons.

It can be a wonderful and exciting time, but it can also be daunting, time-consuming and stressful. There are so many different stages to plan, items to buy and suppliers to source that it is often difficult to know where to begin. 

One of the most common mistakes couples make is that they can lose focus as to what their big day is all about. They can become side-tracked by the perceived need to entertain their guests throughout the whole day instead of concentrating on the key reason for their wedding or Civil Partnership – being in love and sharing that special day with their friends and family.

If you’re planning your own wedding or Civil Partnership, one of the best pieces of advice we can offer is keep a record of everything! Use checklists and spreadsheets. Things always take longer when you’re relying on suppliers to come back to you and it’s important to build this time into your plans. Also, enjoy the actual day! It all goes by so quickly and it’s easy to spend the day worrying that everyone else is having a good time. Before you know it, it’s all over!

Don’t try to fit lots of ‘features’ into your big day. You need to allow extra time for guests to be late and to dawdle! Also, you need to allow time to enjoy your day without worrying about a strict schedule. One other point – don’t leave your guests standing around for hours whilst you all have photographs taken (keep them well fed and watered!).

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when planning your wedding or Civil Partnership is the venue. It’s central to everything and determines how your day will flow. The top five points to consider when choosing the perfect venue are: size (will it be too small, too big or just right for the number of your guests?); cost (does it fit within your budget or are you willing to pay a little extra for the perfect place?); feel (does the venue fit with your desired look, style and/or theme?); location (is it a suitable distance from your home, from your guests’ homes, from the ceremony location if different?) and extras (can the venue offer other elements to enhance your day, such as venue dressing, a bar service, rooms for you and your guests, catering..?)

If you’ve just got engaged or are you in the middle of planning your big day and are feeling a bit stressed out by it all, you might want to consider the services of the UK Gay Wedding Planner - one of only a very few companies in the UK focusing exclusively on same-sex ceremony planning.

We’ll take all the stress and worry out of planning your big day as well as offering you a tailor made event that is 100% personal to you both. We listen to you. Whatever your budget, we can help with anything you require. Perhaps you’ve never actually attended a Civil Partnership ceremony or gay wedding or you don’t know what’s involved. What is the protocol for the big day? How does it differ from a ‘traditional’ wedding? Where can you hold your ceremony? Are there any restrictions? What are all your options? 

We can help with one element or every aspect of your big day, including: suggestions for the order of the day; budget management; venue sourcing; supplier searches; invitation/guest accommodation management; on-the-day coordination; and creative ideas about developing the perfect look, style and theme for your big day. You will be provided with regular updates and all the support you require in the lead up to your ceremony.

Crucially, we work with you to design, create and manage your perfect partnership ceremony – an amazing day you, your friends and your family will remember forever. 

So, you’ve decided to tie the knot. Now take the next step: get in touch with us for a free, friendly, no-obligation consultation today! More information can be found at: 

Whether you decide to use the services of a planner or not, the most important thing to remember is: enjoy your big day!

The team at Pink Wedding Venues would like to "thank" Andrew for this contribution. We hope you will contact him if you require a wedding planner who specialises in Gay and Lesbian weddings...Have fun with your planning! x

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