Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
Despite the oftentimes volatile national dialogue regarding marriage rights for the gay & lesbian community, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com continues to find success in bridging couples with gay-friendly wedding, travel, home and family-related companies at targeted events in states all across the country. With recent events in Seattle and Baltimore, where LGBT couples eagerly anticipated the enactment of marriage rights, and in Austin TX, where attendees rigorously applauded the promising results of the November election, Rainbow Wedding Network continues to merge aspects of historic merit along with grassroots activism in creating events that are at the same time celebratory for couples and highly productive for exhibiting businesses.
“Our goal is to create a welcoming, elegant environment for couples who are planning their ceremonies; an environment that promotes equality for the LGBT minority,” says Rainbow Wedding Network co-founder Marianne Puechl. “At the same time, we offer gay-friendly business professionals the opportunity to directly meet new clients. It’s a win-win situation.”
Rainbow Wedding Network’s first Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo was held in Minneapolis in 2003; a second event then followed in Cambridge just 2 weeks prior to the enactment of same-gender marriage rights in the state of Massachusetts. “We’ve witnessed a great deal of history unfolding,” continues Puechl, “and the emergence of ‘Gay Weddings’ as a viable industry in our country. We’ve met so many amazing people as we’ve organized these events, and even today couples often attend with tears in their eyes.”
Each Rainbow Wedding Network ‘Same Love, Same Rights’® LGBT Wedding Expo features app. 30 exhibitors, such as wedding coordinators, florists, deejays, photographers, cake decorators, jewelers as well as travel agents, real estate professionals and adoption agencies. Fashion segments, live music and cake-cutting ceremonies have all been, at times, highlights of the various events. In Chicago, the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza which has hosted the Expo for the past three years, offers a signature martini (with or without alcohol) to attendees, in celebration of the festivities. 250-400 guests currently attend each expo, and targeted cities have included: Atlanta, Seattle, Portsmouth, Hartford, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, NYC, Baltimore, Denver and Philadelphia, to name a few. With each event Rainbow Wedding Network reaches out to local LGBT community centers and other gay & lesbian organizations to offer fundraising and speaking opportunities and to add cohesiveness on behalf of the community.
The lesbian-owned RainbowWeddingNetwork.com was initially launched in 2000 and to date has assisted countless couples with their ceremony plans, and nearly 10,000 LGBT-friendly businesses reach out to the gay & lesbian wedding demographic. In 2006 the company also began publication of the nation’s first wedding magazine dedicated to same-gender couples.
“Our ongoing vision is to promote a higher degree of legitimization for the LGBT minority,” says Puechl. “This is a civil rights issue whose time has come.”