2017-logo2016 has brought us a divisive election season, an unthinkable massacre in a Florida nightclub, a crazy bathroom bill in N.C., an unfilled seat on the US Supreme Court, and countless other reasons to feel nervous with regard to LGBT equality in our nation.  There are hundreds of pieces of legislation in states all across America that are meant to infringe on the rights of LGBT employees, parents, families, spouses - people.

It's true:  we're feeling unsettled.  Baffled.  Angry.

Yet, as in all years past, 2016 also brought us many gifts.  For one thing, we had the opportunity to see a woman (who openly supports LGBT marriage rights) actually have a chance to become our next President.  We all heard from our attorney general as she spoke inspirational words to our community, time and again.  Even at the RNC, we heard speaker after speaker attempt to begin to utter words of support for the LGBT minority in our country.

And, perhaps most of all, we learned (once again) that with divisiveness comes the clearer sight of those opportunities before us in which we can choose to come together.  Clamoring to point out the differences between people is a sure way to also point out the similarities, and the markers on the path that will lead us further down the road toward a stronger sense of equality and justice.

As we stand on the horizon of a New Year, one that may bring rigorous challenges, it's good to remember that many opportunities are also presenting themselves.  Let's look for those, let's quest for them, let's explore them.  Together.  Always together.

 

Atlanta 2006Reach the LGBT Wedding Market with an affordable storefront on the nation’s leading LGBT Wedding Resource.  Launched in 2000, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com is the nation’s oldest LGBT Wedding Resource with over 16 years online and continues an active and ever evolving approach to reaching and serving LGBT couples.  As an lgbt-friendly wedding or home professional a storefront on our site allows you to place your brand directly in front of engaged LGBT couples in the planning stages of their wedding and new home life together.  Regardless of your budget, we offer an assortment of affordable online options to reach this market.  Rates start at just $69.99 per year.

Prefer an in person approach?  Exhibit at one of our many LGBT Wedding Expos throughout the nation and see what a multitude of businesses have already discovered about this dynamic, brand loyal market.  This isn’t your average bridal show… Our approach to events is different to the core.  Our events consist of around 25-30 professionals just like yourself who are actively seeking to work with gay couples.  Unlike other events that take time away from the afternoon with fashion shows and presentations, we put the focus on you.  Aside from a brief session of giveaways and announcements the entire afternoon is focused on your communication with potential clients.  We also cap each vendor category (i.e. photographer, dj, caterer) to an absolute maximum of 4, less in some categories.  This helps us to ensure a balanced and productive event for both you and couples.  Our events also average anywhere from 300 attendees at more intimate events to near 1,000 at some of our larger shows.  With national gay marriage recognition now in place there has never been a better time to brand your business as welcoming and gay-friendly. 

So what are you waiting for?  Use the following pages to select either an online or exhibitor marketing strategy to build your brand in this market or use a combination of both for a broader reach.  You can also give us a call at (828) 645-8750 to speak with one of our friendly representatives who can assist with the process.  We are available 9:30 am to 5:00pm Eastern, Monday thru Friday.

We’re excited to chat with you about LGBT wedding trends, ceremony planning tips, current events and other topics related to marriage and family equality.  You’ll hear from RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founders, Cindy Sproul & Marianne Puechl, along with RWN senior team member Ira Adams, as we discuss the issues of the day (as we see them!) in a fun, informative & personalized format.

Being involved with the LGBT wedding industry for the past 15 years, we’ve gathered a variety of insights and ideas for couples, wedding vendors and others who support LGBT equality.  Listen in!

 

Current Episodes

  


Episode 1: Pilot
Nov. 6, 2015
Intro to RWN, Proposal Ideas, LGBT Budget Trends, Thoughts on Kim Davis

 

Episode 2: Gay Wedding Themes & Colors, Vows and PDA
Nov. 13, 2015
This week we explore fun wedding themes & color trends, selecting meaningful ceremony vows and our current event topic is public displays of affection.

 

Episode 3: Gay Engagement Announcements, Wedding Rings and LGBT Person of the Year
Nov. 19, 2015
This week we discuss gay engagement announcements & etiquette, selecting your wedding rings and the LGBT Person of the Year.

 

Episode 4: Prioritizing your Wedding Vendors, Wedding Transportation and Dealing with Holiday Stressors
Dec. 11, 2015
In our 4th podcast, we're chatting about how newly engaged LGBT couples can jumpstart and prioritize their wedding planning ideas, and how to set  timetables for booking particular wedding vendors.  Also this week we dream big with fun & unique transportation options and share tips for dealing with holiday stressors.

 

Episode 5: 2016 Wedding Trends, DIY Tips & Gearing up for Election Year
Feb. 05, 2016
After a few weeks off the air the RWN team is back with our 5th podcast!  This week it's all about 2016 LGBT Wedding Trends, New Ceremony Color Palettes, DIY Wedding Tips and Kicking off the Election Year.

 

Episode 06: Summer Theme Weddings, Delectable Desserts & Taking on HB (The NC Bathroom Law)
Jun. 01, 2016
RainbowWeddingNetwork's May 31 2016 Podcast includes LGBT Planning Tips for Summer Theme Weddings as well as Diverse and Delicious Dessert Options for Your Reception!  The Current Event Topic includes an overview and insights about North Carolina's recent HB2 'Bathroom Law'.

 

Episode 07: Summer Menu Options, Cool and Comfortable Ceremony Attire and A History of Pride
Jul. 01, 2016
Join us as we dive into an assortment of fresh summer menu options.  We'll also explore attire to keep you cool and comfortable during your summer ceremony and take a journey back in time as we explore the origins of Pride.

 

Episode 08: The How's & Why's of Marketing to the Gay Wedding Niche, What Not to Do at a LGBT Wedding & Eco-friendly Ceremony & Reception Ideas
Aug. 17, 2016
This week we chat about the nuts & bolts of why the LGBT wedding market is so important and how wedding professionals can successfully reach it.  We also share lighthearted insights for guests & couples concerning gay wedding etiquette, and spotlight a variety of ideas for creating your own eco-friendly event.

 

Episode 09: Winter Wedding Themes, Quick Tips for Your Big Day and the 2016 Election
Oct. 18, 2016
How many interruptions can occur in a single podcast??  Listen in to find out!  Hear from the team at RainbowWeddingNetwork about Winter Themes for LGBT Weddings, Quick Tips for your Big Day, and Thoughts on the 2016 Election from the perspective of the LGBT voter.

 

Episode 10: 2017 LGBT Wedding Trends, Political Forecast for 2017 (Is Gay Marriage in Jeopardy??), Our Thoughts on LGBT Person of the Year
Dec. 19, 2016
The team from RainbowWeddingNetwork.com wraps up the year with a glance back to the high's and low's of 2016, and a look ahead to the upcoming LGBT wedding trends for 2017. We also offer our thoughts regarding LGBT marriage and family rights under the upcoming Trump administration. And we take a moment to offer our informal nominations for 2016 LGBT Person of the Year!

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Thanks for registering with us and congratulations on your upcoming engagement!  Below are some quick links you can follow to help guide you along as you begin the planning process for your upcoming event.  And if at anytime you have questions we're here to help you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at (828) 645-8750. 

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