Tamara & Katrina

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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

At some point in everyone’s life, the thought of getting married has come across their mind. Within the LGBT community the thought of having a wedding presents unchartered challenges in this new age of acceptance. Some thought it would never be a possibility, but there were those who have fought long and hard for marriage equality. I myself have always believed that this right should be afforded to everyone. As the mother of two gay children myself I have witnessed the strides that we have been taking towards true equality where marriage is in question, and we’ve certainly come a long way. I’m impatiently looking forward to planning my own children’s weddings in what I hope to be the near future. (Grandkids soon to follow).

Weddings are a great opportunity to bring families together and to express the love and joy of a committed couple. Gay, straight, bisexual or transgender a wedding is a lot of work from day one of planning to the moment vows are exchanged. Taking on the challenge of planning your own wedding is not an easy task. Therefore, hiring a wedding planner will save you from a lot headaches and heartbreaks.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a planner.

  • Wedding Planners are trained professionals who are available to help you with all of your planning needs from beginning to end.  They are experienced and have the knowledge to make your day come together so that you and your guest can sit back and enjoy.
  • Planners do all the legwork for you, from finding your venues to choosing the vendors that best fit your needs and budget.
  • Planners help you score the best rates available therefore saving you money.
  • Planners schedule all of your appointments and act as the liaison between you, your vendors and venue, all you have to do is show up for the appointments.
  • Planners are there to provide a wealth of ideas, designs and information which in turn will save you time.
  • Planners help create and design your day, deal with all of the back end details on the day of to make sure your day is flawless.

When hiring a Planner –

Make sure your planner is involved with a professional organization and has professional credentials. Here are a few organizations you may want to research when choosing a planner:

  • National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) There are various chapters nationwide, so search the chapter in your city or city you will be getting married in.
  • Association of Bridal Consultants also a national organization where you can find reputable consultants.

Having good chemistry with your planner and feeling comfortable is key, since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, and they will basically become your best friend for the length of your planning, so feeling at ease is definitely a must.

I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner for your special day, whether it’s full, partial or day of planning. A planner will save you money, time, and reduce stress so that you are able to truly enjoy your day. “We bring your visions to life!

Bobbie Outerino
Fortuna Event Management & Promotions

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POP IT OR DROP IT? That is the question!

Five Considerations Before You Propose

Marriage equality is fast becoming a reality for all Americans across the country. Before you “pop the question” or answer it, engage with your partner and explore these five areas that can contribute to the start of a long, healthy and happy relationship.


Life Priority Issues

Are you willing to fully welcome your partner into your life and make them a priority? What are your current life priorities in addition to your relationship? We all juggle many different priorities including work, family, friends and social life, volunteering, etc. How does committing to and nurturing your relationship with your partner rank in your priorities? This is a critical consideration, especially for couples who may have existing children and/or other family responsibilities. Write down your top 5 priorities in your life and make time to have a serious discussion to explore and examine how the dynamics of your priorities will impact your decision making as a couple.


Health and Wellness Issues

What are you and your partner’s current health concerns – physical, psychological and emotional? Full disclosure of what is going on for you and your partner is an essential step in starting off on a successful relationship. How might health and wellness concerns impact your relationship in terms of work, family, friends, social interaction and intimacy? Have a full, open discussion so there are no surprises.


Intimacy and Sex Issues

While you think you might already have this covered, we’ve all known couples who say “the magic is gone” far too soon for one or both of the partners. What is the distinction between intimacy and sex for you?

How important is sex and intimacy to both of you? Does one partner have a higher sex drive? Examine and discuss how will you keep your passion alive on a daily basis including date nights, sexual roles and preferences and when it’s ok to say not tonight.


Living and Lifestyle Issues

How will you define your current living situations? Will you keep separate residences or combine? Can both of your style preferences be honored in the combined space? Does someone snore? There could be life changes down the road that you should both be aware of (having a child or a surviving parent move in). Keep track of areas of concern from who really puts the control in the remote to who hogs the blanket.


Financial and Economic Issues

Money may not be able to buy happiness but it can destroy it in a heartbeat. How will you define your economic and financial well-being as a couple? What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours? Split everything 50/50? This doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all” policy.  In fact, it’s healthy to decide how you will balance, barter, and bargain your way to a better budget!

While there are many other considerations that need to be explored and examined, these five areas are a good starting point to establish a solid foundation of understanding and mutual respect in core relationship areas. So grab your pad and pencil and start engaging before the engagement!

Doug Cureton is the Founder and Lead Consultant for CreativiTEAM, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He designs and presents interactive workshops and seminars in many areas including this new workshop  ‘POP IT OR DROP IT?’ Visit his website at

10 Bits of Gay Marriage Advice from 25 Couples

Gay Marriage Advice

By: Gay Pop Buzz

Are you a gay man who is about to get married? Are you thinking about proposing to someone special in the near future? Are you wondering about things that you will need to have in place before saying “I Do” to the man that you love?

If so, you are not alone. Many people who identify as gay or lesbian seek out advice before obtaining their marriage certificate.

Here at the blog, we were thrilled when news came out in late June of 2015 that same sex marriage had become a reality for everyone across the 50 states.
More and more, LGBT individuals are publically sharing their relational bonds through various kinds of ceremonies – be it a traditional wedding or something with a fun theme.

Perhaps you are wondering what things you will need to have in place in order to make your special day extra meaningful?

Click here to read the full article.