Many same-sex and LGBTQ couples are choosing to celebrate their nuptials with a more-traditional civil ceremony, but that’s not to say that a civil union has to be boring. Because A Frosted Affair is the best gay wedding planner in Colorado, we can make your event unforgettable. If you’re looking for a way to make your civil union stand out while still remaining meaningful, check out our top six gay wedding ideas.

Fun Event Idea: Play With Sand

Incorporating a sand ceremony into your wedding event is a great way to symbolize the joining of two individuals (and their families) as one. One partner chooses one color of sand and the other partner another color. The sand is poured into a vase in alternating layers, representing the couples new blended life together. You can also include important family members in the ceremony as well, designating them their own color of sand, and even include personalized vows if you wish. Read more about how a sand ceremony works here.

Event Planning 101: Incorporate Rainbow Floral Arrangements

Every wedding event planner knows the power of great flowers. If you’re looking for a colorful way to highlight your civil union, consider implementing a rainbow floral theme. You can create a beautiful palette of vivid rainbow hues that can be used to inspire floral centerpieces and bouquets or boutonnieres. If bright classic rainbow colors are too much for your taste, try using pastel shades or more subdued jewel tones.

Creative Event Idea: Create Custom Cake Toppers

Break away from the status quo of “Mr. and Mrs.” wedding cake and design your own. From silhouette cutouts to classic figurine models, cake toppers are a fun way to stand out while still following “traditional” wedding customs. You can even include your furry family members in the topper too, as featured in this topper design. 

Select a Meaningful Officiant for Your Special Event

We know planning weddings takes time. One of the details that is left for the last minute, taking the time to choose a meaningful officiant can add a special touch to your wedding. Sit down with your partner and talk about who has been instrumental in your relationship and who might be a good option for your wedding officiant. When you look back on photos and memories of your big day, you’ll be glad someone special helped make it happen.

Perfect Planning OR Wedding Day Plan: Plant a Tree

Instead of traditional vow recitals, consider implementing a tree planting ceremony into your wedding day plan. Much like the sand ceremony, planting a tree symbolizes the harmonization of two families becoming one. The physical roots of the tree represent the roots you’ve planted when establishing your relationship and you can continue to watch the tree grow while you and your partner grow together. You can plant the tree in the yard of your first home together, or (depending on the tree) keep it in a pot until you’re ready to establish permanent roots somewhere.

Make a Unique Bouquet

If you’re looking for a way to add a unique twist on your civil union, try making your bouquet or boutonniere out of something other than flowers. Making flowers out of maps, lace, or pretty paper is a great way to do something different without sacrificing tradition. If you have an old veil or lacey item of clothing that’s been in your family for a while that you want to incorporate into your wedding, consider intertwining small pieces of it in your bouquet. If you and your partner met somewhere other than where you’re getting married or kept up a long distance relationship, consider making flowers out of maps from locations that matter to you. You can keep your bouquet or boutonnière for years to come and be able to look back and remember your special day.

If you’re interested in having a civil ceremony that stands out from the rest, get in touch with us. We can help you and your partner plan the wedding of your dreams without all of the hassle.