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Same-Sex Wedding Decor

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Pride Month may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean acknowledging and celebrating same-sex weddings should end. Same-sex weddings are planned year-round, not just in the month of June! While many aspects of a wedding – from the vows to the cake cutting to the grand exit – stay the same regardless of who you’re marrying, there are many extra details that an LGBTQ couple has to consider when planning a wedding. One of those details is decor.

As a same-sex couple, you may want to walk down the aisle hand in hand, choose special readings at your ceremony, forego a bouquet/garter toss, or opt for gender-neutral wedding parties. Considering your decor is one more way to make your wedding day uniquely you.

Cake Toppers

When you think of cake toppers, your mind probably immediately goes to the porcelain figurines of a bride and groom. However, there are so many other cake topper options! You could do figurines of your favorite movie or book characters, a bouquet of flowers, a banner, or script words. Check out some of our favorite ideas in this blog!

Regardless of whether you decide to go the traditional route of having the figurines or a more modern approach, you’ll want it to be personalized to your relationship. Consider Mrs. & Mrs. in a golden script, two figures of dogs in tuxes, two peas in a pod, or even ambiguous silhouettes sitting on top of a rainbow!

Reception Seating

While the head table is usually distinguishable by being up front, in the center, or noticeably larger than the other tables, it’s important to distinguish which chairs are for the happy couple. Some may decide to sit at the head of a king’s table while others may have a sweetheart table just for them. Or, you may sit in a more traditional fashion with the couple in the middle and the wedding party on either side.

Drape signage over your chairs with a ribbon or twine saying Mr. & Mr., Reserved for the Brides, or The Happy Couple. You could also get letters saying Mrs. and Mrs. or simply put a different color chair cover or sash on your chairs!

Signage

Signage is the most fun part about choosing your wedding decor. You can make it funny and creative or functional and concise. Practice handwritten calligraphy or use your Cricut for custom fonts. Showcase your rustic theme with antique wood, modern theme with transparent acrylic, or industrial theme with natural slate!

Besides the signs shown above, you can have signs for your menu, bar options, directions, timelines, or instructions. For instance, have your hashtag sign near the photo booth or a welcome sign at the entrance with “Ceremony here, reception there, love everywhere.” Our favorite might just be a colorful neon light with the words “Love Wins” over the head table.


You may be hoping to save some money by relying on the decor your venue space already supplies. However, we think there’s something special and personal about choosing decor that represents your relationship. Not only can you spend quality time shopping to find the items you love most, but you can re-purpose them by using them in your home after the wedding!

UP NEXT: Find out how to word your invitations and get more advice for planning a same-sex wedding.

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