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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Weehawken, New Jersey

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Smooth Sailing Celebrations

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

We are nautical event planners who help our clients plan their special day aboard our fleet of private luxury yachts. There are 45 boats that sail year-round from NJ, NY, & CT, holding 12 to 1200 guests. Our service is complimentary & we love what we do! Guests dine, dance, celebrate and sightsee while sailing down the Hudson Harbor under the beautiful Manhattan skyline with all the historical landmarks dramatically lit up: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, etc.

See the Smooth Sailing Celebrations Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Logistics of Planning a Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony – Sandy Malone’s Blog in BRIDES

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Mr. and Mr. David and Garrett Egland-Rock's recessional. Love this pic - it made "Best Real Wedding" pics in The Huffington Post!

Mr. and Mr. David and Garrett Egland-Rock’s recessional. Love this pic – it made “Best Real Wedding” pics in The Huffington Post!

Are you planning your own same-sex wedding? There’s no absolute rule book so your best bet is to trust your gut or look for advice like you’ll find in my blog today in BRIDES about how to actually set up and execute a gay or lesbian wedding ceremony. Where does everybody sit and how do you enter? Don’t struggle until you’ve read all my suggestions and ideas!

Click here to check out my blog!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!


Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional home and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms. Sandy is the star of TLC’s reality show “Wedding Island,” about her destination wedding planning company Weddings in Vieques. She is an internationally syndicated wedding blogger for The Huffington Post and BRIDES, as well as a reality-TV blogger for Monsters and Critics.

Sandy’s book “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional,” will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.

Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 500 weddings in the United States and the Caribbean. Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events. She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004.  Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas. She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada. She is considered the “Queen of Gay Wediquette” and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reverend Larry Steckling, San Diego, California

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Reverend Larry is ordained for life with Universal Life Church and World Christianship Ministries, he’s married hundreds of couples in California. He enjoys meeting the couples and truly desires to make their wedding ceremony reflect their two personalities. Simple but thoughtful poems are sometimes used and rituals, such as the sand unity ritual, can be easily included, as well as an opening and closing prayer, if desired. Ceremonies from the heart, performed with loving care.

See Reverend Larry’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Create Your Own “Love Contract”

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Hopefully, every state will embrace marriage equality and every couple who wants to wed will soon have access to a legal document to mark the day they say “I do.” I like the idea of also creating a spiritual or personal love contract as part of your marriage ceremony. Your wedding day is a long-awaited, sacred occasion and a personalized love contract is a beautiful way to clarify what you both would like to promise, experience and create in your marriage. Here are some ideas:

1. Create a Mission Statement for Your Marriage. Brainstorm and bat around ideas until you come up with a marriage mission statement. This is your mutual intention for marriage; it is what you want to be and build together. It can be one sentence or reflect a number of ideas. For example:

Our union gives us strength, power, and fortitude to deal with all of life’s ups and downs, and it empowers us to contribute to others and to the world. We are best friends, confidantes, and partners, and we have many close relationships with people we consider extended family. We are a couple who inspire others with our live and who model what it is to be in a great relationship.

2. Craft a Wedding Scroll. Together, make a list of your intentions, aspirations, goals, hopes, and dreams for your wedded life. Write neatly or type it. It can be on pretty parchment-like paper, or any attractive paper. Consider having it written in calligraphy and framed, or simply roll it up and tie it with a gold ribbon. No one need see it but you two. Take it to your ceremony and keep it at the altar so it will be blessed by the expressions of love and commitment shared at your ceremony, and energized by the vows you exchange.

3. Write Love Letters to Each Other. Both of you can craft a beautiful letter to each other, stating what you love about each other and your promises for married life. You can place them in a sacred spot in your home, or even include a love letter exchange in the ceremony.

4. Make a Love Contact. Type up the wedding vows and declarations from your wedding ceremony and add as many more as you feel in your heart. On the bottom of the page write, “And this I promise to you.” Each of you can sign it. Then frame it and keep it next to your bed. Read over at them every day, with gratitude.

5. Select a Favorite Poem or Reading. You can also select something written by another to represent your thoughts, feelings and intentions for your relationship– a poem, wedding reading, prayer, song or passage from a favorite book. Even a unique sentiment on a greeting card may be lovely. Frame these favorite words and keep them near to inspire you every day.

Purple Unions guest blogger, Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, is a leading NYC wedding officiant who creates unique interfaith, intercultural and non-denominational ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds. She is author of  Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding and  Your Perfect Wedding Vows: Finding the Right Words to Express Your Love. Visit Rev. Laurie Sue at