Everyone dreams of their wedding day. With almost 170,000 weddings in Florida in 2018, this is certainly a popular spot to get hitched and make your big day perfect.
Of course, as an LGBTQ couple, this brings up a whole new set of considerations. It adds an entire set of questions to ask and concerns during an already stressful time.
Don’t worry though. We’ve got your back here at OutCoast.com and have compiled a list of the best LGBT wedding vendors in the state.
What to Ask Before Booking a Vendor for Your LGBT Wedding
An LGBT wedding has a very similar story as any other couple’s wedding, but there are major points that need to be clarified before you decide on a vendor.
While most couples will need to ask the typical questions, you also need to be upfront about this being an LGBT event for an LGBT couple that will be getting married. No one should be blindsided by that information on the big day.
The world will one day be a place where no one will bat an eye at this endeavor but, for now, you want to make sure you’re not setting yourself, or anyone else, up for any kind of disappointment, anger, or embarrassment on what should be the best day of your life.
You want to make sure you’re using equality-minded wedding professionals.
Here are the most important questions you should ask any vendor before hiring them.
Do Your Research Before You Walk in The Door
Before you walk into an appointment with any vendor, do thorough research. If you’re looking for a photographer, look through their online portfolio. Are couples of all kinds represented there?
Most vendors that are allies will make a claim as such on their website or provide a section about how they are ok with LGBT couples. It’s best to work with people who are either LGBTQ themselves or are proud to be allies rather than it ending up an issue later on in the process.
By doing research beforehand you can avoid hurt feelings, disappointment, and wasted time down the line. Which, in the instance of a wedding, can mean big bucks saved by being able to do everything in a timely fashion.
Do You Have Any Experience With LGBT Weddings?
Listen carefully to the response. While most vendors want your business and will probably say yes you don’t want to hear any hesitation in this response.
If you’re going to spend money with them they should be super pumped about your upcoming nuptials.
This is not the time to pick someone on the fence about their feelings when it comes to gay marriage.
Do You Require a Deposit and What’s Your Cancellation Policy?
This is a good one for any vendor of any event. You’ll want to be aware not only of their deposit policy but also how far in advance you can cancel.
While everyone wants things to go well there’s always a chance you figure out down the road that it’s not a good fit. However, this decision doesn’t have to bankrupt you.
How Do You Feel About LGBT Weddings?
Let the vendor know that you chose to meet with them because they claimed to be gay-friendly. Grill them a little about it.
There’s a difference between some buzzwords on a website and them being all-in on making you feel special and honored on your wedding day.
Top LGBT Wedding Vendors in Florida
Since this can be a broad topic we have broken the vendors up into type. They are in various locations up and down the Gulf Coast and most are willing to travel anywhere along the corridor or around the state.
100 Hampton Rd. Suite 176
Chef Charlie offers spectacular 5-star level catering for affordable prices. They offer services all over the Tampa/St. Pete area
14720 Turtle Creek Circle
Contact Michael at Pasta Chef to treat yourself to high-quality dishes and wow your guests affordably. They serve the Greater Tampa Bay area.
20041 Highland Lakes Blvd
Eva Salazar is known all over Florida for her artistry in baked goods. On top of the beauty of her cakes, the taste cannot be beaten.
She has been named one of the Top Ten Cake Artists in North America 2015. She’s also been a Cake Master’s Finalist.
Since 2008, Eva has been dedicated to providing quality custom designed wedding cakes to every couple. Their cakes are big dreams come true with an extraordinary flavor.
340 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, Florida
The Birchwood is a gem on the beautiful stretch of Downtown St. Petersburg known as Beach Drive. Overlooking the beautiful Straub Park, The Birchwood offers a quaint sophistication with a Grand Ballroom.
It’s ceiling-high windows, spectacular balcony, and enchanting views set this venue apart for any couple.
Contact the special events team and let them show you how amazing your event can be.
601 N. Florida Avenue
Celebrate your vows and express the unique individuality of your relationship at Le Méridien Tampa.
This hotel offers a chic and timeless design. Couple that with their dedicated and passionate service and you have a winning combo that is sure to make your day magical.
Tampa’s artistic and creative side is filtered into all of their extraordinary event spaces. Original and one-of-a-kind art is displayed throughout the hotel providing your guests with an experience that is truly once in a lifetime.
Contact their events team to see how they can help your dreams come true.
Celebrate Your Wedding in Florida
There is no more beautiful place to start your new adventure than in Florida.
We hope this list of the best LGBT wedding vendors gives you a great jumping-off point as you book the wedding of your dreams.
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