For Atlanta couples interested in pledging their love publicly, but not quite ready to plan a wedding, the Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 6 is the perfect setting. This non-denominational ceremony at the chic and modern W-Atlanta Midtown Hotel gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publicly before friends and family. Your registration fee includes a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
As for what to wear, business casual or business formal is encouraged. Want to rock a gown, suit, veil, top hat or a bow tie? Get wedding fashion ideas in our Style Watch section.
We had a fabulous first Love is Love Wedding Show on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the gorgeous digs of the Altitude Room at the W-Atlanta Midtown. Couples from as far as Chattanooga and as close as Midtown turned out for the event, mixing and mingling with other brides, brooms and grooms, as well as meeting wonderful gay-friendly wedding vendors (full list below the photos). All day, vendors commented to me how relaxed the day felt. I noticed it, too. Smiles were seen all around, wherever I looked. It honestly felt to me like a fabulous afternoon cocktail party where conversation flowed easily, which is exactly the vibe we were going for. We can't wait to do it again!
Our photographer of the day, Jessica Lewis of Weddings That Pop, captured a lot of the fun in her photos below. So did Project Q and GA Voice, so be sure to check out their photo galleries, too!
The Fabulous Vendors at Equally Wed's Love is Love Wedding Show Atlanta 2011
Alternative Life Photography & Design
Berkeley Hills Country Club
LT Travel Connection
McCall Wilder Design
Anna & Spencer Photography
Cathead Vodka (Liquor Sponsor)
GA Voice (Media Sponsor)
Adam I Travel
Adaptation Floral Design
Sun In My Belly
Cayce Callaway Photography
Veronica Oliver / Save the Date Weddings and Events
Got a coffee addict you're buying for—or are you a caffeine junkie yourself? Here's a stylish and sleekly designed coffee machine that'll keep a couple so happy in the morning, afternoon and evening, they might never have to head out to drop $5 or more on a frothy beverage again. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo from the makers of Krups can whip up 14 different hot and cold beverage varieties including lattes, espressos, iced teas and more in mere seconds. Whether you're in the mood for an iced cappuccino or a heavenly hot chocolate, there’s something for everyone. Flavors range from cafe lungo, a dark, strong coffee, to caramel macchiato, a creamy drink with just the right touch of sweetness, to chococino, a velvety hot chocolate perfect for evenings cuddling up to your new bride or groom.
Winner of the International 2010 Design Award, the Circolo, $149, stands above the competition as the only single-serve coffee machine with a 15-bar pressure system, LED backlight and a customized control lever to adjust the strength of your favorite beverage. This super easy-to-use product takes up such little space on the counter, making it ideal for small spaces. Because the capsules come with milk servings as well, there's no need to mess with sticky strange milk frothers that give so many of us trouble.
Personalizing your wedding to reflect your interests is easy when you've creative folks like this Etsy designer who makes save-the-date announcements out of old library book cards. $35 for 25 handwritten vintage cards.
Guest room in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton brand of hotels is recognizing the historic Marriage Equality Bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 24 and goes into effect Sunday, July 24, 2011, with a special wedding gift to its guests.
To honor marriage equality in the State of New York, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park invites to all couples looking to celebrate their vows with family and friends. Situated on the sparkling New York harbor in the up-and-coming Battery Park neighborhood, the luxury downtown hotel which recently completed a $10 million renovation offers a picturesque and luxurious destination for your wedding day. If you've never stayed at a Ritz, prepare to be lavished in luxury and the utmost in customer service.
For your big day, the hotel boasts several venues on property, including ballrooms and smaller spaces for more intimate celebrations, from sophisticated and elegant to contemporary and modern. They're individually outlined here. But planning your wedding at the Ritz doesn't have to be on your shoulders alone. You'll have a wedding planner from the hotel to help you decide on the best venue for your wedding, select catering options and the like. For a complete list of gay-friendly New York vendors, including officiants, florists and photographers, visit our Local Resources marketplace.
Through the summer, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is offering a new wedding package: Celebrate Equality – More Love For Everyone. The package includes generous tokens of love such as a complimentary suite upgrade, 25 percent off spa services, a complimentary welcome amenity for the couple’s parents, one complimentary room night for every 25 room nights, a dedicated expert to coordinate the event, and a complimentary wedding night stay in a luxurious Statue of Liberty View Executive Suite for couples spending $15,000 or more on their wedding at the AAA Five Diamond hotel. These are serious upgrades, my friends.
Of course they're for a limited-time only. The offer is valid for weddings taking place prior to Sept. 10, 2011, this package applies to group bookings of 10 or more rooms and is subject to availability. Summer rates begin at $279 per night.
For guests celebrating their new engagement, Rise, pictured above, on the hotel’s 14th floor, provides a chic, trendy and contemporary atmosphere, with an outdoor terrace and expansive views over New York Harbor, Ellis Island and the monumental Statue of Liberty. Couples will enjoy a free night in an Executive Statue of Liberty View Suite for midweek events spending $10,000 or more on catering.
Further, couples who spend a minimum of $40,000 on catering for their wedding can enjoy a complimentary five-night honeymoon, breakfast included, at participating Ritz-Carlton Hotels or Resorts around the world, valid for one year from the wedding date.
Harbor view from The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
With stunning views, stylish indoor and outdoor event space, gorgeous surroundings, and superlative service, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park promises the perfect setting and environment for any wedding. From the chic wedding décor to the epicurean dishes, the hotel will attend to every detail for the special day, setting a new standard in style and class. In addition, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park’s team of experts will complement the marrying couple’s wedding planners and providers to ensure that everything is done to their taste.
The 39-story, 298-room hotel overlooks historic New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Easily accessible and situated amid historic landmarks and monuments, this gorgeous hotel is within minutes of the trendy Soho, Tribeca and the Meatpacking District neighborhoods with hip nightclubs, chic restaurants and eclectic boutiques which breathe new life into centuries-old communities. Your guests will have plenty to entertain themselves with when they're not toasting to you and your beloved's happiness.
For more information or to reserve your wedding day at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, please call 917.790.2403 or visit the website at www.ritzcarlton.com/batterypark. Since you'll be getting a ton of rewards points for this trip, don't miss out on that opportunity, too. Get more information at www.ritzcarltonrewards.com.
For more information or reservations, call 800.241.3333 or 212.344.0800, visit the web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/batterypark, or consult a travel professional.