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23 Wedding Ceremony Ideas for Same-Sex Couples

For same-sex couples, trying to model your wedding off of traditional ceremonies can be complicated and stressful. Here are 23 ways to make your own traditions and create a ceremony that embraces your uniqueness.

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Wedding Ideas for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Planning a wedding as a same-sex couple can come with unique challenges, from finding LGBT-friendly vendors to choosing a suitable cake topper to navigating wedding customs that may not feel like a good fit. Many same-sex couples are redefining wedding ceremonies and tailoring traditions to suit them. For example, you don't have to have traditional "bride" and "groom" sides at your wedding. Have guests circle around you or even make a heart, like grooms John Henry and John did here.

From walking each other down the aisle to planning outfits for bridesmaids and bridesmen or groomsmen and groomswomen, browse our gallery for more nontraditional wedding ceremony ideas for gay and lesbian couples. And remember: It's your day. There are no rules and expectations. Only love.

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Or Have a Crowd

Grooms Luke and George didn't have sides at their wedding. Guests stood, concert-style, watching them exchange vows up on a stage.

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Go Traditional

Husbands Brett and Mike had a traditional chapel ceremony in the Smoky Mountains at Chapel at the Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you're looking for an LGBT-friendly vendor, especially a religious venue, look for the Human Rights Campaign's blue and yellow equal sign logo on the vendor website. Some sites display a rainbow flag. That's a great way to know before you call when booking.

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Think Outside the Chapel

Brides Julia and Amber had their ceremony in a natural history museum. We're obsessed with the ornate molding and gorgeous tile floor.

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