Same Sex Weddings: Tips for Great Décor

same sex wedding decor
When it comes to decorating a same sex wedding, they can be anything but traditional. Ranging from subtle to loud-and-proud, there are lots of ways you can decorate a ceremony and reception.
Take a Seat
There are many cutesy options for this that you can find on sites like Pinterest, but you may wish to make it more personalized. Instead of saying “Pick a seat, not a side” here are some great twists:


  • “Pick a Seat, Not a Side: Either Way it’s For a Bride”
  • “<–Grooms Side …… Grooms Side –>”
  • Use the names to indicate sides
  • Use pictures of the future newlyweds

Escort Cards and Wedding Favors
One idea that could double as escort cards and wedding favors is a little planted succulent plant. These little favors are great for lasting longer than bubbles or other small trinkets. These even have great symbolism behind them.
Another great idea is to send them home with a candle that is rainbow colored in order to show off your pride!
same sex weddingMaking it a Little More Subtle
Who says your decorations need to include rainbows? It should be all about the two brides or two grooms. Use your favorite colors as the scheme, or possibly even colors that symbolize where you first met. This could mean school colors, company colors, or even sports teams.
Wedding Toppers
Usually you see a man and a woman standing on top of the wedding cake. However now you can put your own toppers with your corresponding gender.
If you’re a cat or dog lover then consider putting breeds that you feel represent yourself and your significant other. Or, to go the extra mile, you can have one custom made for you to look like you and reflect your personality!
There are a number of ways you could approach decorating your wedding. Whether it’s done to reflect the couple or to show off Gay Pride, it should be all about you and your loved ones!

Top 10 Outdoor Wedding Venues In Chicago Near Water

Elopement Ceremony alongside the Chicago River at River Esplanade Park

Elopement Ceremony alongside the Chicago River at River Esplanade Park

Warmer months aren’t too far off in the future for the Chicago area; and before you know it, outdoor weddings will be on many engaged couple’s event planning lists, if not already. If you’re looking for a lovely backdrop for a wedding ceremony, vow renewal, commitment or elopement ceremony, which includes a small, medium or large body of water or fountains, then consider any of these top ten locations in Chicago.

The Adler Planetarium, Foster Beach, Milton Lee Olive Park, Navy Pier and Promontory Point sit right on Lake Michigan. The beauty of the water’s color when the sun hits it just right can give off a tropical hue, making you believe for an instant that you’re on an island in the Pacific. If you’d like to have yachts and sailboats captured in the background of your wedding photos, these would be prime locations for this.

If smaller bodies of water or locations that feature a water fountain or two away from the high winds of Lake Michigan is more appealing, then consider the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Buckingham Fountain, Lake Shore East Park, Peoples Gas Education Pavilion or River Esplanade Park. River Esplanade Park is an especially unique site due to it not only being situated on the flowing waters of the Chicago River, but it boasts a water fountain alongside the river, as well as a colossal water spray that is turned on periodically spanning across the river.

Keep in mind, if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony to have ready an indoor backup location due to inclement weather. Unfortunately, this is one of the drawbacks of planning an outdoor wedding. It’s all in the hands of Mother Nature and her mood that day.

Milton Lee Olive Park – A Popular Outdoor Wedding Venue in Chicago

Milton Lee Olive Park - Chicago, Illinois

Milton Lee Olive Park – Chicago, Illinois

One of the most popular wedding venues in Chicago would be Milton Lee Olive Park, which is just north of Navy Pier in walking distance. This location is popular anytime of the year due to its excellent backdrop of the water, as well as the famous, breathtaking Chicago skyline. There are sections along the main path lined on both sides with trees and smaller, serene paths throughout the park. As you look to the north, there’s a ‘school’ of yachts and sailboats parked, when they aren’t cruising out on the water of Lake Michigan–but only during the boating season, of course.

Not only does Olive Park include a woodsy environment, but directly to the west of the park…just steps away…is a sliver of a beach. So you have the best of both worlds when it comes to photographing your wedding day…having some shots taken in a forest of trees, some over the water on the convenient platform cutout, and others with you frolicking on the beach…maybe even slipping off your shoes dipping your toes into the water for a spell. You just may want to pack your swimsuits, if you’re having your wedding ceremony on one of Chicago’s notoriously hot, humid days of the summer.

Fall Wedding Venue in Oak Brook, Illinois

Halloween Elopement Ceremony at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

Halloween Elopement Ceremony at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

Fall is a lovely time of year, but with it can come some cooler than expected temps on some days. Fortunately, this venue location at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Illinois, has a fireplace built into an outside wall of the visitor center, where you can stoke a fire to help keep you warm during the ceremony and make for a lovely backdrop. The surrounding woods has plenty of photo opportunities with which to fill your wedding album. Don’t forget to put firewood on your list of things to buy for your wedding! Oh…and matches, too!!!

Why I Became A Wedding Officiant

Why did I become a wedding officiant? This is a popular question that I get asked by many couples that I marry. And even though the story behind why I did begins with sad events, I’m always happy to tell it, because it paved the way to where I am today. Of course at that time, I had no idea it would lead me to becoming a wedding officiant.
It began with my father-in-law Francis’ passing in 2005, which was a tough loss to handle–not just for me, but especially for my husband. Francis and my husband, Bryan, who was his oldest son, were best friends; one of the nicest people in this world that you’d ever come across. Very humble, respectful and a sweet sense of humor. The evening before his funeral, we were at his wake and I was asked by the family, if I would like to write his eulogy. Of course, I said yes; but little did I know it would have me planted in front of the computer into the wee hours of the morning. I could have written a book about this man, but after finalizing the eulogy with writing a short poem at the ending, I finally had to stop and get to bed. While lying in bed as I drifted to sleep, my mind was racing with other thoughts that needed to be put to paper about this wonderful man. It wasn’t too many hours later that I had awoken and immediately sat myself back down in front of the computer only to find there was so much more that needed to be written. Knowing that I didn’t have too much time, I decided to only add a bit here and there. It was four full pages, single spaced, barely any margins and the font size was pretty small…the need for reading glasses wasn’t an issue for me.
At the church, I was eventually asked to come up and read the eulogy. When I stood up, I felt confident I’ll be able to get through it without totally falling apart; but that thought quickly passed, as I began to walk my legs wobbled so much I thought they would fall off any second. Once up at the pulpit, I regained my strength…just a bit…but it didn’t last long. As soon as I started to read, I lost it. Now, wondering after all that time I spent writing the beautiful memories of such a memorable man, and I’m not even going to be able to share it with everyone. Finally, I dug deep down within myself and found all the strength I could muster and began reading…and reading I did. When I finished, it felt good to honor my father-in-law in this way.
After the funeral, the priest had mentioned to one of the family members that in his 40+ years as a priest, he had never heard a eulogy as riveting as this one and it even brought tears to his eyes, which never happens. I had also received a lot of compliments from many family members that day.
Fast forward to 2012, the year my mother-in-law Judy passed away. Once again, I was asked to write a eulogy. Several pages later and writing a personalized poem for her as well, after the funeral the compliments ensued. When Bryan and I arrived home that evening, he asked me if I’d like to do something positive with my writing and speaking talents. I said sure would, but where could I use my talents and have fun at the same time? He responded, “Well, I’ve got a co-worker whose wife is a wedding officiant and has a few people working with her as well.” She had been in business about three years at that point. Bryan suggested I get in touch with her to find out what it entails being an officiant. And so I did just that, had lunch with her and ran with it. Here I am, two plus years later with 207 ceremonies under my belt. I must say, I am so blessed with having a successful, rewarding profession that I love at this stage in my life…something I can take into my retirement years. One thing I usually mention when I have my first meeting with a couple is that I dare not call what I do work, because it’s way too much fun being an officiant. Even the preparation and emailing and coordinating and traveling is completely enjoyable. And the best part of it all is after every ceremony I officiate, I come away floating on a cloud; not only because it uplifts me, but also because I’ve helped make two people’s special day a joyful memory.

Welcome To the Wedding Officiant & Wedding Ceremony Resource Blog

Rev. Éva LaRoche Ordained Minister/Wedding Officiant Owner of A Perfect Fit Rev

Rev. Éva LaRoche
Ordained Minister/Wedding Officiant
Owner of A Perfect Fit Rev

Hello and welcome to my new blog! I’d like to introduce myself right quick. I’m Reverend Éva LaRoche, and I’m an ordained minister and wedding officiant; as well as the wife of a wonderful man for the past 27 years, a mother of two lovely children and have been many different things in between. The ‘in between’ things have contributed to my vast experience in writing and speaking in front of large groups of people on and off camera, as well as many years of customer contact relations and are the reasons why I am highly capable of performing all types of ceremonies.
Nothing makes me happier than making other people happy…and what better way by officiating ceremonies, playing a huge part in two people’s lives that will make for one of the most joyfully dreamy, poignant days they will ever experience, as people gather in the name of love witnessing their leap of faith into a lifelong commitment by marrying the love of their life!

So, please take some time out of your day to follow my blog, chime in whenever drawn to, and most of all enjoy what I have to share! Have a fantastically fun-filled day! (: