Attendees at Wedding Expo Express ‘Relief’ to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses

The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo, hosted on Sunday by Between The Lines at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, drew a crowd of more than 600 people who came out to visit with more than 100 LGBT-friendly vendors. In addition, the Expo featured three fashion shows, live entertainment, special guests, food and cake tastings, and plenty of giveaways. "There were a lot of goodies," said Christy Amon, who attended the Expo for the first time with her fiance Michelle Abraham. "It was a lot of fun. We've been to other expos and there were [...]

How to Find the Right Officiant for Your Wedding

It’s one of the hardest decisions couples planning to tie the knot have to make: Who should officiate the ceremony? Some attend church regularly and have faith leaders who for them are an obvious choice. But for many more couples, finding just the right person to join them as one is a challenge. Finding the right officiant - one who can tailor make a wedding service to remember - isn’t as difficult as one might imagine. It really comes down to comparison shopping and taking the time to meet with two or three potential officiants to find the [...]

Give Yourself the Wedding Gift of Premarital Counseling

There are so many things to consider as you prepare for that walk down the aisle. Flowers, rings, cake flavors - these are just the tip of the iceberg. But lurking beneath the surface may be something bigger that needs addressing. Should you add finding the right therapist for premarital counseling to that growing list of decisions to be made? "What we call 'premarital' counseling is really counseling for anyone who is considering stepping up commitment in a relationship, whether they plan on getting married or not," said Royal Oak-based psychotherapist Matt Sweet. "All relationships go through milestones [...]

Wedding Photography Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Photographers Steve Schwall and Kathy Mabbott guided Giselle and Teresa through what can be a stressful day for two brides without an experienced professional. Photo courtesy of Rawlinson Photography As a photographer, it is always important to be in touch with the latest trends in photography. Wedding photography, much like the entire business of weddings, is highly influenced by the ebb and flow of trends. Here are a few of the trends, according to local wedding photographers and videographers, the wedding industry will see dominating 2017. First Looks 1. "First Looks are still gaining in popularity. [...]

10 Practical Wedding Gifts For Your Gay Buddies

Wedding season unofficially kicks off this month, and with more and more states deeming same-sex marriages legal you're bound to receive an invitation to your friends' fabulous nuptials any minute. And that means you'll need to buy a gift. Instead of sticking to the registry, however - do they really need more stuff? - think outside the Crate and Barrel box and opt for a practical-but-still-thoughtful present that the happy couple can put to good use. Here are 10 ideas to get you started. 1. Date-Planning Subscription Date-planning services - like HowAboutWe Couples and Kahnoodle Concierge - are [...]

From US to Canada, Western Michigan Couple Celebrates Their Love

It was love at first sight for Max Brown and Doug Sipsma. They met in 1999 when they were both visiting Chicago. They struck up a conversation in a store, exchanged phone numbers and a couple of weeks later they had their first date. They've been together ever since. "People don't believe it, but Doug said, 'Don't I know you from somewhere?' when we met," Brown recalls. "We lived close to each other on the west side of Michigan, but we'd never met." The couple says it only took a few dates to know they wanted to be [...]

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