Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law breathing life into the national gay rights movement that had stalled over a nearly identical bill two years earlier.
Bosco’s Wedding Expo has produced wedding expos in New York and Connecticut since 1997. Over the last couple of years many of the vendors who participate in our wedding shows have expressed an interest in providing products and services for same-sex weddings or civil unions. As more and more LGBT couples tie the knot, metro New York, New Jersey and Connecticut wedding professionals will have the opportunity to share in this joyous and life changing event.
We would like to embrace marriage equality for all couples and we strive to inspire others through our dedicated service and actions. I am happy to announce that we are changing our company name to show our support and commitment to the LGBT community and all couples who are planning to get married.
We have been very busy contacting our data base of over 10,000 wedding vendors to see which companies are moving forward to support those same-sex couples who seek to affirm their life-long commitments to each other through same-sex marriage, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, domestic partnerships, civil marriage and other alternative weddings.
To make it easier for all couples who are planning a same-sex marriage, we adopted the use of the image of two red hearts. This image is the wedding industry’s universal symbol to show support for same-sex unions. When you see this symbol, you know this wedding professional supports same-sex marriage. Our wedding vendors will also be wearing a button with the two red hearts at our wedding shows to show their support.
This is a new book, with new pages being added every day. There no standards or traditions for gay marriage at this point. Over the next few years we will be adding many new chapters to this book. During this period there will be a huge learning curve for both the LGBT community and the wedding industry. I ask that the LGBT community be patient while the wedding industry adapts their business for same-sex weddings. Contracts, websites and promotional material will have to be changed to reflect a more gender neutral tone. You must realize these wedding professionals have been using the term Bride and Groom for years. When approaching a wedding professional for services to be rendered, it may not always be obvious that you are a same-sex couple. As these are business people who are professionals, I don’t think anyone would intentionally use a word or term that would make you feel uncomfortable. Please be up front and proud of your sexual orientation so there isn’t a miss understanding.
Congratulations, these are truly exciting times. Go forth and plan a beautiful wedding!