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Let’s Get Married: Plan Your Gay Wedding in Sonoma County

Girls getting married in Sonoma County - Photo by Lisa Kimmell

Well it’s official. Proposition 8 has fallen and same-sex marriage is returning to California. Best of all, this time around it’s here to stay!  In honor of the good news, I’m joining my colleagues at Sonoma County Tourism in celebrating with a quick list of resources and tips that might be useful to newly engaged couples who want to contemplate some of the many options Sonoma County has to offer for their impending nuptials prior to that joyous day when the state begins issuing marriage licenses in the coming weeks.

Weddings are, after all, a big deal, and they require planning. I mean, I’ve never been married but I’ve been a part of my fair share of weddings and I’ve counted more than a few brides among my BFFS (it sort of comes with the territory). So with that said, here is what I might call a beginner’s guide.

First of all you may ask, ‘Why Sonoma County?’ To wit my response would be that Sonoma isn’t, according to the latest census numbers, home to the second highest percentage of same-sex couples in the U.S. for nothing. Sonoma has a long history of being a welcoming and inviting place for gay and lesbian couples and it will continue to be so. Add to that the fact that Sonoma County is one of the most resplendent and popular destinations in America for weddings of all stripes and the question becomes ‘Why not Sonoma?’ It’s always better to dance with the one that brought you rather than the devil you don’t know as the old saying goes.

Secondly, did you know that Sonoma County is one of the few destinations to offer free wedding assistance? Well they do and all you have to do is complete a simple free wedding assistance form  to begin planning your hassle-free happily ever after.

And then there’s the special deal you get when you sign up for complimentary wedding assistance by filling out the aforementioned form. If your nuptials are performed in Sonoma County by the end of 2013 and during the months of November – July, Sonoma County will give you up to $1,500 toward your Sonoma Wine Country wedding*(conditions apply)!

So that’s an inviting destination plus complimentary assistance to aid in the planning of your wedding AND a significant discount if you accept a free helping hand. What’s not to love about a place that celebrates love so freely?

Stay tuned for more detail, but for now be sure to check out SCT’s Weddings page.

Written by Sonoma Insider Duane Wells

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