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Getting engaged is exciting but often followed by the overwhelming task of wedding planning. If you’re planning an LGBTQ+ wedding, there are a couple unique aspects to your special day you’ll want to consider. What wedding traditions do you want to include? Who will walk down the aisle? Who do you want to be in your wedding party? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, here are some tips for not missing any of the small details and planning your dream day.

Dealing with Expectations

While a wedding is about you and your partner, your family and friends might give their unsolicited input and opinions throughout the planning process. As hard as it is to silence the noise of people close to you, it’s important to focus on what matters most to you as a couple. Whether you’re faced with the disappointing judgment of people who are unsupportive of your marriage or you have family members that want to be overly involved in the planning process, try to remember that your wedding is about you and celebrating your love.

Choosing Your Wedding Party

There’s no need to stress over separating your besties by gender on either side of the aisle at your ceremony. Mixed-gender wedding parties are increasingly common, and if separating your wedding party into “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” doesn’t fit, you shouldn’t force it. The members of your wedding party should be people who you want standing by your side for one of the most significant events of your life. Focus on choosing friends who have supported you and  your relationship. And if wedding parties aren’t for you, don’t be afraid to ditch them entirely.

Incorporating Wedding Day Traditions

In addition to your wedding party, there are some other wedding traditions you may consider incorporating into your ceremony. You can pick and choose the traditions that feel best for you and your partner. Here are a few things to consider for your wedding planning:

  • Who will walk down the aisle? Traditionally, the groom waits at the altar and the bride is walked down the aisle by her father. You should consider which person should walk down the aisle or if you would rather both walk down the aisle together. You may also decide that you would each like to be walked down the aisle by someone special.
  • Do you want to do a first look? Couples usually choose between waiting until they arrive at the altar to see each other or having a first look. Doing a first look is a great way to have an intimate moment before you get carried away to the rest of your ceremony and reception.
  • What ceremony readings do you want? Some customary readings may not be suitable for your relationship and the ways you want to vocalize your love at the altar. Personalizing your wedding with readings and music that are significant to you and your relationship is a great way to make your day sentimental.

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At Windows on the Water, we recognize that your wedding venue will be the focal point for one of the most important days of your life. Through the planning process, we help couples plan a day they’ll remember forever. Our expert wedding planning staff has years of experience crafting memorable experiences.

Come visit Windows on the Water and see what makes it one of the most popular outdoor tent wedding venues in Central Jersey. As you tour the breathtaking grounds, you’ll see why so many couples choose us as the backdrop of their declaration of love.

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