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.
The Bethesda/Washington D.C. LGBTQ Wedding Expo is Sunday, April 14 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.). “You and your partner will have the opportunity to meet face to face with a diversity of wedding vendors, all proud supporters of LGBTQ equality and eager to work with you on planning your special day,” its website states. For more information on exhibitor registration, free tickets for couples and more event details, visit rainbowweddingnetwork.com.
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.
Consider holding your reception and/or wedding at City Winery (1350 Okie St., N.W.). With 40,000 sq. ft. of event space, City Winery can customze an unforgettable experience for a seated dinner, wedding reception, corporate event, baby shower, team builder, wine tasting or more. Look for the “wedding brochure” bar under the events tab at citywinery.com.
Mia’s Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Vola’s Dockside Grill and many others are part of Alexandria Restaurant Partners and all host wedding events. Details at alexandriaresaurantpartners.com.
Georgetown Main Street has its wedding event I Do on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. and promises the “highest concentration of businesss catering to brides, couples and families planning weddings in the D.C. region.” Events and discounts are promised throughout the day along Wisconsin Ave. Check-in at Tudor Place (1670 31st St., N.W.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to get started with a map of all participating vendors, guide to events including makeovers, calligraphy lessons, tastings and more. It’s free but raffle tickets and prizes are available. Full details at georgetownmainstreet.com/i-do.