Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi-weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings. Today, we’ll look at some great resources for LGBT wedding stationary, vendors, and etiquette for brides, grooms, and their guests!

We love creative cards at Catalyst Ranch!  One of the many perks of working at the Ranch is the attention to detail when it comes to employee appreciation.  Our awesome administrative team creates personalized cards for every Ranch Hand on his/her birthday and on his/her work anniversary.  So, we were pretty excited to see that Papyrus has launched a line of fantastic wedding cards tailored for LGBT couples.  Here’s one of our favorites!  For more inspiration, click here.

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Planning your wedding?  No need to use a traditional template, get a cool one that expresses your style, like this one from Wedding Paper Divas – love the bow ties!

bow tie invite by wedding paper divas

Until all of the mainstream retailors get on board with same-sex wedding products and services, you can find gay-friendly professional vendors in your area through the Rainbow Wedding Network.   You can search by city to find florists, stationary, venues, photographers, and everything else you need to personalize your big day.

Another huge resource for wedding inspiration is theknot.com.  The Knot has plenty of great advice and ideas for all couples!  Find fabulous venues in your area including – oh, who’s that? – Catalyst Ranch!  Want to see for yourself what an LGBT wedding looks like in our fun, colorful space?  Check out some of the albums on our brand new Special Events site!

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If you have family members or friends who might need a few tips on LGBT wedding etiquette, there are plenty of resources for them too!  The general rules of manners and courtesy always apply, but if your guests need a little help, you can steer them in the right direction.

Steven Petrow published The Essential Book of Gay Manners and Etiquette in 1995 and recently launched a new advice column with The Washington Post called “Civilities.”  Petrow offers advice on everything from the appropriate terminology for same-sex spouses, how to answer question about your gay teen’s dating life, and more.  You can listen to Petrow’s full NPR interview with Audie Cornish on All Things Considered here.  In any situation where you aren’t sure of the proper protocol, remember Petrow’s advice, “Respect and kindness underlie everything.”

Have questions yourself about how to handle some of the unique wedding etiquette issues involved with planning a same-sex wedding? Check out these handy FAQs!

If you have more questions or advice to give about LGBT Wedding planning, please share in the comments!  Thanks and Happy #WeddingWednesday!