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When it comes to celebrating love, there’s no better month to do it than June. There’s something about finally baring your arms on a summer evening, the unofficial kickoff to high wedding season, and of course, the fact that it’s Pride Month. Love is love, and if you’re an LGBTQ+ couple tying the knot this June, why not celebrate with some Pride-themed wedding ideas? You can pay homage to this special month even if your color palette is on the more minimal side — no need to make a dress from a rainbow flag. (Although, if you saw Lena Waithe at the Met Ball, you might want to consider it.)
Every wedding is a special occasion, but if you’re an LGBTQ+ couple getting married during Pride Month, your occasion might feel particularly special — the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is a constitutional right in June 2015. That’s something worth celebrating every day! So if you happen to be getting married in June, and want to add a dash of Pride to your festivities, here are some subtle and creative ways to do it.
1. Choose A Cake With Rainbow Insides
While Pride is obviously so much more than red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, there’s something incredibly satisfying about cutting into a layered cake to find multi-colored rainbow layers. Whether you indulge in the famous Rainbow Cake from Flour Shop in New York, or DIY, there’s something magical — and prideful — about a surprise rainbow inside the cake.
2. Organize Pride-Themed Photobooth Props
Having a photobooth? Include some rainbow-themed props and pro-marriage equality signs for guests to hold up. Grab those signs that say “his,” “hers,” or “theirs,” with arrows pointing toward a significant other so that other couples can celebrate their love as well. Want to take it a step further? Include a rainbow flag for photo-takers to wrap themselves in.
3. Give Each Table A Color Of The Rainbow
To do this subtly, simply choose different colors of the rainbow for flowers or place cards for each table — a yellow table, a purple table, and so on. There’s no need to have multi-colored tablecloths or hang a giant rainbow flag, but it’s nice to imbue any wedding with pops of color, and because it’s June, Pride is a nice low-key theme.
4. List An LGBTQ+ Foundation On Your Registry
Your June wedding can give a low-key nod to Pride month by setting up a link online to an LGBTQ+ organization of your choice for guests to donate to. (Yes, you can also link to a honeymoon fund as well.) From the ACLU to the Trevor Project, there are plenty to choose from, so do your research in advance.
5. Host An After-Party At A Pride Parade
If you’re having a sort-of-destination wedding in a city with a major Pride parade like New York or San Fransisco, why not join the festivities on Sunday after the wedding? Rather than throw your typical post-wedding brunch, invite your guests to join you at the parade. If you’re really keen on this idea, do some research about what it takes to join a float. (Or get your own!)
6. Hire Small Businesses Run By Members Of The Community
Another impactful way to celebrate pride at your June wedding? Work with local, LGBTQ+ owned small businesses for rentals, flowers, photography, and even music. Putting your money where your mouth is is always a great look.
Written by: Kimmy Foskett