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How to ensure your vendors are LGBTIQ friendly (before you enquire)

With marriage equality still hanging in limbo in Australia, it can be hard to determine which wedding suppliers embrace same-sex marriage.

Planning the perfect wedding can be stressful enough without having to navigate which suppliers are open to working with same-sex couples to celebrate their love and commitment.

There are some easy ways you can covertly scope out suppliers you would like to work with before you make contact to get a feel for whether they have the creative ability to think outside the square of tradition and bring your ceremony ideas to life.

Using these handy tricks means you can potentially avoid the awkward conversation that essentially involves you coming out again.

Check their gallery

Every supplier will have a gallery that shows off their past weddings. Have a scroll through and check it out to see if they have worked with same-sex couples in the past. This is a sure-fire way to know that they are equality-minded.

What language do they use?

You can tell a lot about a supplier by the way in which they address couples on their website and social media pages. Do they speak directly to brides and talk about grooms? Or are they using more gender-neutral language?

If there are online forms to fill out, have a quick read through to see if they have designated the details section to a bride and groom. All of this is not a reason to steer clear of a supplier, unfortunately it is still very much the norm, but if the supplier openly speaks in neutral terms that embrace all types of relationships, you know you can make contact with them without fear of awkwardness.

Have they featured in Real Weddings?

Check out the same-sex weddings we have features in Real Weddings. It’s an easy way to seek out suppliers who are supportive of marriage equality and also have experience with creating unique ceremonies that are all inclusive.

Check their social media

Because weddings are such a highly visual event, most suppliers have a heavy presence on social media, which is great news for couples who want to do some covert browsing before they reach out. As with their gallery, you can have a quick scroll through their images to check for any same-sex couples they may have worked with before.

Keep an eye out for little elements like Mr and Mr signage or Mrs and Mrs cake toppers. You can make a shortlist of suppliers who show they are willing to go above and beyond to source special elements for a same-sex wedding.

Research blogs

Check out blogs dedicated to same-sex marriage and you will be sure to see some name-dropping of suppliers that other couples have worked with before and can recommend. You will also find suppliers who may have expressed an unwillingness to work with same-sex couples on a ceremony and this will be an easy way for you to discount them from your list of potential suppliers without having to go through the awkward exchange yourselves.

Ask your friends

You are no doubt well connected in the LGBT community and there is no better form of advertising than word of mouth. Check in with them and see who they have either worked with themselves, or who they know is great to work from speaking to their acquaintances.

Start looking early

The absolute key to securing the best suppliers to help you bring your dream ceremony to life is to begin looking early.

Should you invite someone to your wedding

Whittling down your friends, extended family, colleagues, school, and university friends into a guest list that you can afford (or fit into your dream venue) is one of the toughest parts of planning a wedding.

You may have already been invited to several weddings and had a great time celebrating with the newlyweds, but now that it’s your turn to walk down the aisle, do you have to repay the favour and invite those couples to celebrate with you?

Let’s stop right there and think about the word favour for a moment. It sounds so… transactional! So why do so many couples feel like there is a tit-for-tat expectation that if they attended someone else’s wedding, they automatically should be invited to theirs?

It is hard enough to decide whether to go more family-heavy, focus on friends, or to go totally intimate with just a handful of guests, so remember this – you are only obligated to invite two people to your wedding as your witnesses.

It is something couples so easily forget in the rush to make sure they have invited everyone that they should.

When it comes to couples who have invited you to their wedding, the short answer is no, you don’t have to invite them to your wedding. Consider the following things to help you decide if you will include them in your wedding guest list.

How long have you known them?

There is always a place in a wedding guest list for friends or work colleagues that you have known for many years. There is a reason why you have kept them in your social circle and regardless of whether they have invited you to a past wedding or not, it will be special to have them celebrate with you.

Is there potential for a strong future?

You may not have known them for too long, but you have a strong connection to the couple. They must have seen the same in you to have invited you to their wedding already. But think about whether you see your friendship lasting for many years to come before you consider extending a wedding invitation.

How long ago was their wedding?

If you attended their wedding within the past 12 months and your relationship is still going strong, consider inviting them to your wedding. If it has been a couple of years and you have fallen out of touch, there is no need to use your wedding as a means to reconnect when their seats could go to people you hang out with regularly.

Were you surprised to be invited to their wedding?

You may not have been that close when you received an invitation to their wedding, but look at how you are now. If you have become tight-knit since, consider them in a good friend category. If it was a one-off and you attended their wedding to be polite, don’t invite them.

Was their wedding huge?

Different couples have hugely different wedding budgets, which can dictate the size of the wedding and number of guests you can invite. If the couple invited 250 guests and you were among those who may be on the outer of their social circle and were fortunate enough to get an invite, don’t feel like you have to squeeze out close friends from your guest list of 90 to be able to fit them in.

why one lucky Melbourne couple will receive free wedding photography

Andrew Harrison of Passion8 Photography has decided to pay it forward. He is offering one lucky Melbourne couple free wedding photography for their wedding day in 2018! The award winning photographer runs his own wildly successful wedding business but wants to help out a couple that may be going through a tough time.

“Everyone had their ups and downs in life”, Andrew said of his motivations for this competition. “Over my 18 years of photography I have come across many people with their own stories and as I have been very successful in my business, I thought I would help out someone who is going through a tough time.”

Andrew is celebrating 18 successful years in business and just thought he “would make someone happy” and pay it forward. What an amazing gesture!

Andrew and his team are offering his wedding photography services to one very lucky Melbourne (or South Gippsland) couple who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

To enter, simply email with the subject line as “Paying it forward submission and (your names)(wedding date)”. The wedding date must be held on a date that Andrew isn’t already booked and take place in Melbourne/South Gippsland.

The Perth beach wedding venues you should visit this weekend

Located in Perth and on the hunt for a waterfront venue to bring your beach wedding dreams to life? If you have time this weekend, here are 10 Perth beach wedding venues we recommend you take a look at! Why not grab your partner and make a day of it!

Bathers Beach House

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Fremantle, Western Australia

Providing 180-degree panoramic views of Bathers Beach and the ocean, Bathers Beach House could be the perfect place to host the wedding of your dreams! Dazzle your guests with a spectacular sunset, amazing food and wine served by professional staff, and a wedding location they won’t forget in a hurry! Visit Bathers Beach House this weekend!

Tradewinds Hotel

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East Fremantle, Western Australia

With sweeping views of the Swan River, Tradewinds Hotel is the perfect venue for your waterfront wedding. Offering two reception spaces to choose from, this venue can accommodate intimate weddings of 40 people, up to lavish soirees of 200 guests. Check out their spectacular rooftop this weekend – you won’t be disappointed with Tradewinds Hotel!

COAST Port Beach

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North Fremantle, Western Australia

Featuring unrivalled ocean views and modern cuisine in their brand new beach house style venue, COAST Port Beach is the perfect place to host your beachfront wedding! Offering barefoot ceremonies on the beach, brilliant sunsets, spotlights on the ocean at night, and an exclusive reception area, COAST Port Beach has everything you need to bring your beach wedding dreams to life! Check out their storefront and give COAST Port Beach a visit this weekend!

Sea View Golf Club

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Cottesloe, Western Australia

Located just 15 minutes from the city in the iconic beachside suburb of Cottesloe, Sea View Golf Club offers a sophisticated backdrop to your special day. Catering to both intimate weddings and lavish soirees of up to 250 cocktail style, there’s something for ever wedding at Sea View Golf Club. Check out their gallery and visit the functions team at Sea View Gold Club this weekend!

Indiana, Cottesloe Beach

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Cottesloe, Western Australia

Rising effortlessly from the sands of iconic Cottesloe Beach, Indiana offers uninterrupted views of the sparkling Indian Ocean and spectacular seaside sunsets as backdrop to your wedding. Best suited to contemporary-style weddings with its high ceilings, vast windows with several stained glass panes, crisp white walls and timber floors, this venue exudes character with its modern interior and heritage listed exterior. Check out Indiana and its gorgeous function spaces this weekend!

Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club

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Peppermint Grove, Western Australia

Located in one of Australia’s most prestigious suburbs, Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club could be the place to host the wedding of your dreams! Featuring manicured gardens, timeless surrounds, a five-star dining experience, and breathtaking surrounds, Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests! Visit them this weekend!

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

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Cottesloe, Western Australia

Located on one of Australia’s most famous beaches, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel is the ideal venue for the quintessential beachfront wedding. With packages combining award-winning cuisines and premium beverages in a breathtaking location, the team at Cottesloe Beach Hotel are willing to go that extra mile to make your wedding day truly memorable. Put Cottesloe Beach Hotel on your list and visit them this weekend!

The Breakwater

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Hillarys, Western Australia

Award-winning The Breakwater is the perfect location to host the beachfront wedding of your dreams. Featuring Swarovski crystal chandeliers, stunning decor, and incredible views of the harbour and the Indian Ocean, your guests are unlikely to forget your wedding at The Breakwater anytime soon! Check out their gallery and visit them in Hillarys this weekend!

Hillarys Yacht Club

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Hillarys, Western Australia

Overlooking the pristine water of the Indian Ocean, Hillarys Yacht Club is the ideal venue for a harbour side wedding! Offering the ability to have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location, Hillarys Yacht Club can cater to both intimate weddings and more lavish soirees of up to 300 guests. Check out their storefront and visit Hillarys Yacht Club this weekend!

The Marina Mindarie

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Mindarie, Western Australia

Perth’s newest water-front wedding venue, The Marina Mindarie is the perfect location for your special day. Designed using neutral colours, this venue will work with any colour scheme or theme you envision for your wedding. And, with the ability to house a formal banquet of 250 guests, there’s something for weddings of every size, shape, and style at The Marina Mindarie! Check out their storefront and visit them this weekend!