Now that gay marriage is legal in Texas, there are weddings to plan.
Hundreds of same-sex couples had a chance to choose the cakes, caterers and clergy of their dreams Sunday at the Wedding Party and Expo at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
The free event was organized by Dallas Voice, an LGBT newspaper, as a celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming the right to same-sex marriage.
As a harpist strummed and aerial dancers swung from a trapeze, the betrothed wandered the ballroom and adjoining atrium sampling hors d’oeuvres and studying an array of wedding gowns and tuxedos.
Dallas Voice publisher Leo Cusimano said planning a wedding always comes down to the details, but a gay wedding can involve special considerations: same-sex cake toppers, tuxedos tailored to women’s bodies, gay-friendly honeymoon spots.
Vendors, including fertility experts and lawyers, also focused on life after the honeymoon.
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Adam Seidel, a family lawyer at the expo, explained that some same-sex couples face problems over property law.
Because many of them have been together for years, they often assume their property is communal. They may not find out otherwise until they divorce or one of them dies, said Seidel, who recommends prenuptial agreements.
He said he also can help couples with “happy stuff,” too, such as adoptions.
Gilbert Castillo and Jon Chester began planning their wedding for 2016 before the Supreme Court’s decision. The couple, who came to Sunday’s expo to look for an officiant and more, have been together for 24 years.
“Our hope was that it would be made legal by our 25th year together,” Castillo said.
They plan to tie the knot May 15, the anniversary of the day they met.
In the end, a wedding is a wedding, Castillo said.
But he and his fiancé had to be careful to choose a venue that allows same-sex ceremonies — the kind of challenge straight couples don’t face.
“That’s not something they think about,” Castillo said. “We do.”
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