I am proud to live in a country which acknowledges the right of LGBTQ couples to be lawfully married. While it is an honour to perform ceremonies of all types, there is for me, a sense of heightened importance in performing same-sex unions.
Knowing that same-sex marriages were only legally recognized in Canada in 2001 (the fourth country in the world to do so at the time), and in 2003 in Ontario, lends an element of triumph to these ceremonies. I also feel a sense of gratitude to those who have worked and struggled to advance gay rights, making LGBTQ union ceremonies a reality.
The creative process for developing a same-sex ceremony is no different from any other ceremony. Both individuals are publicly declaring their love and commitment to each other. They are pledging to continue that love, care and support for the rest of their lives. That said, as a ceremony expert, I recognize that same-sex unions require special awareness of their many unique elements. For example:
- What do you want to call the ceremony?
- What do you want to call each other?
- What pronouns do you want to use?
Whatever your preference for language and logistics, I will work with you to create a ceremony that is inclusive, respectful and most importantly, joyous.
Let’s begin the conversation.