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Weddings in a Changing World

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Wedding Planning for LGBT Millennials

On March 9 I'll be speaking at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference in Las Vegas. This is a must-attend event of the year where the catering and events communities come together to learn new ideas and insights. Join me there as I unveil a new presentation for the first time: Wedding Planning with LGBT Millennials. I'm speaking on March 9 at 9:15 AM. Receive $50 off the price of the conference and tradeshow package using code 15EDU.  More

Ritz-Carlton in Naples Brings the Gay Wedding Institute in for Training

Shortly after marriage equality came to Florida, in January we had the honor of being invited down to Naples, Florida by the Ritz-Carlton for a private full-day certification course for their staff. What a beautiful property! We had an amazing, relaxing weekend enjoying the hotel, beach, spa and the restaurants on the property before we led the training on Monday.

The Ritz-Carlton staff is such an enthusiastic supporter of marriage equality and we're really thrilled they're going be even better advocates for their LGBT clients since they completed the training. Lydia Redmond who is Director of Weddings for the Ritz-Carlton sent us a message after the training, "I wanted to thank you for your time in Naples. The leads are starting to come in for same-sex weddings and our couples feedback are all so positive that we are ahead of the curve. We couldn't have done it without you!"

Thank you so much for inviting us to the Ritz-Carlton. We have now trained more Marriott and Ritz-Carlton employees than any other hotel chain. We love working with you and your properties!  More

ARIA Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Completes the Gay Wedding Institute Certification Course

In December, ARIA Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas brought us in for a full day certification course for their entire sales and wedding team. The beautiful hotel and gorgeous wedding chapel has been serving wedding couples for years, and now that marriage equality is legal in Nevada they wanted to improve their readiness for same-sex weddings.

Throughout the day, we talked about all kinds of things including LGBT language and terminology, data, trends, traditions, marketing and more. We did a bunch of activities and role-plays designed to replicate real-life scenarios they could face. They even planned some mock weddings for fictional same-sex couples.

Now as a Gay Wedding Institute certified company, they receive all sorts of benefits including rewriting all of their marketing materials (which I've already done), ongoing certification for new hires, a technical assistance helpline, and much more.

We are proud to welcome ARIA Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas into the Gay Wedding Institute certified family. I know this team is going to do a really great job supporting same-sex couples who choose to marry there.  More

NACE Chapters Support Marriage Equality

Lately I've been making a tour of the assorted NACE chapters (National Association of Catering and Events) throughout the country. In January, I visited Tampa Bay NACE, which held their beautiful event at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Tampa. What a great enthusiastic group who are shocked to believe that Florida is one of the states where same-sex couple can be legally discriminated against while planning their wedding.   More

Food for Thought Catering in Chicago Receives Certification

Last Tuesday I spent the day at a venue called 19 East in Chicago. This venue is owned by Food for Thought catering and I was providing the GWI certification course to this wonderful Chicago catering company. Food for Thought sent all of their sales and marketing team to the course and we spent the day reviewing language and terminology, data, LGBT wedding trends, marketing information and much more.   More

Congreso de Bodas y Eventos 2013

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Report from Gay Wedding Trainings in Mexico

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Gay Wedding Marketing Topic on the Wedding Market Chat

Today I participated in the Wedding Market Chat on Twitter and had some great questions!  You can follow along and check out the transcript here.  I shared some gay wedding data, some information on laws and policies and marketing tips.   More

New Gay Wedding Institute Graduates - Colorado

This past Tuesday I led the Gay Wedding Institute full day workshop in Denver, which was then followed by the launch party for Colorado Gay Weddings and A Vote and a Vow.    More