April 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Here comes the pride
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Gay officiant Travis Crytzer officiating at a recent local wedding. He’s one of many local officiants happy to unite LGBT couples. (Photo courtesy Crytzer)

With same-sex marriage here to stay in the U.S., there’s a booming industry available in the D.C. area and beyond to meet your wedding needs.

The Intrepid Wendell, gay-owned and operated by Daniel Boettcher, is here to “help you fashion your joy and your love into a set of rings that represent who you are and what your love means.” It’s located “just steps from the White House.” Schedule an appointment by visiting theintrepidwendell.com.

This year’s D.C. LGBT Wedding Expo already happened. “Same Love, Same Rights” was held in February at Maggiano’s, but rainbowweddingnetwork.com is still a great site for same-sex wedding resources in the region. If you’re willing to travel and don’t want to wait til next year’s D.C. event, upcoming expos are slated for Atlanta (April 10), Milwaukee (May 15), Seattle (May 15) and a host of other cities.

Need help finding an officiant? The Knot (theknot.com) has a D.C. page with 148 affirming ministers, rabbis, pre-marriage counselors and more.

Proposition Love is another gay-owned jewelry outlet that offers bracelets, necklaces and, of course, wedding bands. Find it online at propositionlove.com.

A sure sign the movement is maturing is when you start seeing same-sex wedding products on the shelves at mainstream outlets. Nothing yet in Michael’s or — big surprise — Hobby Lobby, but the Paper Source now sells “Mr & Mr.” and “Mrs. & Mrs.” rubber stamps along the more traditional “Mr. & Mrs.” version. They’re available for $8.95 each at Paper Source outlets in Old Town Alexandria, Bethesda and Georgetown though oddly only the “Mr. & Mrs.” version is for sale online. Location details are online at shop.papersource.com.

Two members of Bet Mishpachah offer officiating services. Just Right Ceremonies (justrightceremonies.com) by Ruth Potts and Alex Carter promise “your ceremony, your way” and specialize in LGBT and interfaith weddings.

Travis Crytzer has a “true passion for meeting new people and developing relationships,” which he’s been using to marry LGBT couples — he’s gay too — since 2010 at Tie the Knot D.C. Find him online at tietheknotdc.com.

Want to give a lavish gift and help a good cause at the same time? For the second time, Harry Winston is working with amfar, the Foundation for AIDS Research, on a new set of luxury watches designed exclusively for the “Countdown to a Cure” campaign. Available in 20 different styles for both men and women, 20 percent of the sales go to the cause. The men’s watches, made with 18-karat white gold, retail for $21,200; the women’s, which feature rubies, sapphires and garnets, for $16,200.

And finally, two new books chronicle the marriage wars in interesting ways and could make lovely mementos for the next gay couple whose wedding you attend. “Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America” is edited by Kevin Cathcart and Leslie Gabel-Brett and features firsthand accounts from the attorneys and advocates who brought the Obergefell v. Hodges case to the Supreme Court. And Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision in the case is now available in gift book form as “The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality.”

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Paper Source offers these rubber stamps for same-sex couples. They’re great for invitations or congratulations cards. (Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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