The world is becoming a better place for people to assert their individuality (read: sexuality). People with same-sex preferences can now think of tying the knot with their loved ones, more so with the support of their friends, family and equal rights activist groups. The number of happy couples getting hitched will only increase now with the historical Supreme Court ruling in the United States, declaring same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Until a decade ago, the word ‘wedding’ would paint a bright, cheerful picture in people's minds of a bride and groom at the center of it. This could either be due to the impact of centuries-long cultural perceptions on the institution of marriage or media stereotyping of the celebrations. Joining hands to break this stereotypical perception about weddings are all the popular social networking sites and creative wedding designers and planners out there.
Here is a look at the most creative ideas for announcing and celebrating your same-sex wedding with pride.
#1. Same-sex Marriage Icons on Facebook
In what was termed as one of the most radical moves to date, Facebook added two fresh icons to the timeline for its millions of users. The icons resembling wedding cake toppers have given a superb reason to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender communities to rejoice and celebrate their conjugal union. This is a creative and innocent way to share the news of your upcoming nuptials with your friends and family over social media.
You might think that things are picking up rather slowly in India when it comes to the progress of LGBT rights. But this mother's endeavor to publicly support her gay son in finding a suitable groom is a sign that things are headed in the right direction: Proud Mother Padma Iyer Posts First Ever Gay Matrimonial Ad For Her Son Harish.
Earlier, there was a single icon that resembled a bride-groom cake topper. Many LGBT communities and activist groups were unsatisfied with the social media’s lack of tools for them to express their exact relationship status. The new icons have gotten a thumbs up from supporters of gay and lesbian rights all over the world.
#2. Customized Wedding Bands
Married couples love to show off their wedding bands, and there is no logic that says same-sex couples would not want to do the same. That nice hand-in-hand, wedding-band-flashing picture from your pre-wedding shoot can come in quite handy to announce your wedding. All the same, it will inspire that feeling of “awww” that bubbles up while looking at wedding photographs.
#3. Pin Your Interest with 'Pride'
Pinterest is the new haven for couples planning their wedding, and it has adequate provisions for LGBT couples as well. Connect with people who are planning their same-sex wedding, and check out the trends. And while you pin away happy, inspirational pictures on your board, your followers (relatives and friends) will get a clear idea of your same-sex nuptials.
#4. The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Is Yours
Yes, in addition to Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, the rainbow has another universal meaning now: rainbow flags are a symbol of gay pride, used in freedom rings, pride necklaces, etc. So adding a dash of rainbow colors to your wedding invitations, announcements, cakes and decor can serve the intended purpose.
Let us know in the comments section below, if you can think of any more cute and fun ways to announce and celebrate your same-sex wedding!