Say a Big, Gay "I Do" to a Charleston Destination Wedding

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Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) is auctioning off a destination wedding package to be held in beautiful Charleston, SC with a value of $45,000. One lucky LGBT couple can bring awareness and support for gay marriage in the south.

Tourism is the #1 driver of the local economy, and we are constantly ranked as one of the friendliest, with the most mannerly residents.

Gay marriage may not be legal in South Carolina (yet), but there’s one thing practically guaranteed by state charter: Charleston, SC throws historic parties.

This summer, the city’s leading LGBT rights advocacy group is offering one lucky couple a wedding their guests won’t soon forget. The Alliance For Full Acceptance has pooled the city’s top wedding professionals to create an on-line auction for a complete destination-wedding package.

Charleston – one of the world’s top 5 wedding destinations – will roll out the rainbow carpet for an LGBT couple who offer the winning auction bid. Valued at over $45,000, the package includes wedding and event planning, hotel discounts, limo service, live entertainment, the cake and more. (Every one of the 20-plus providers has donated their services to the cause.)

Bidding will take place from July 10 to August 8, 2014 at All funds raised will help AFFA extend its reach, advocating for the rights of LGBT individuals in South Carolina.

Organizers note that while Charleston is evolving into an accepting community, marriage equality strides made elsewhere have not emerged in the South. “Tourism is the #1 driver of the local economy, and we are constantly ranked as one of the friendliest, with the most mannerly residents,” said AFFA Executive Director Warren Redman-Gress. “So we think it’s time for Charleston to show what we’re really made of: acceptance for all.”

The prize package is a wedding for 50 guests, to be held January 24, 2015. Same sex couples will need to arrive in Charleston with a marriage license in hand. Package partners include:

The American Theater
Berlins for Women
Croghan’s Jewel Box
Crosby’s Dock
D&M Productions
David’s Tuxedos
JMC Charleston
Rick Dean Photography
The Event Cooperative
Francis Marion Hotel
GoCo Events
Limos For Less
Lotus Flower
MIX Premier Bartending
Palmetto Carriage
Patrick Properties
The RSVP Shoppe
Salthouse Catering
Leah Suarez & Jazz Ensemble
Sugar Bakeshop
Uniquely Charleston Tours
Unitarian Church of Charleston

Interested parties can go to for more information on the Alliance For Full Acceptance and go to package details and bidding.

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