After much speculation, Clay Aiken and Lindsay Lohan have confirmed their love for members of the same sex.
However, despite their openness and the campaign for equal marital rights by millions of Americans, the legality of same sex marriage still remains a question in California.
In California, an upcoming voter initiative, known as Proposition 8, could ultimately eliminate same-sex marriage. Now Stephen Spielberg and Brad Pitt have each donated $100,000 to keep same-sex marriage legal in the state.
Gay marriage is a booming business for California vendors. A study by UCLA’s Williams Institute, estimates that California state and local governments will receive more than $63 million in revenue over the next three years thanks to gay and lesbian weddings. And, “gay couples are willing to spend more than the average bride and groom,” according to The Wedding Report, an industry Web site.
But, that doesn’t mean a good wedding deal isn’t important. If Aiken and Lohan choose to follow in the footsteps of same sex power couple, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi, and tie the knot (http://www.popcrunch.com/dj-samantha-ronson-lindsay-lohan-married/) a wedding in California still remains an option.
It’s finding the deals that remain the hard part for those that don’t have the purchasing power that DeGeneres and Rossi (whose combined estate is estimated to be worth $35 million) have to create the perfect setting.
Here are a few ideas MainStreet found:
OutVite offers custom printed gay and lesbian invitations for couples in search of the right stationary. Whether you’re planning a commitment ceremony or a wedding, there’s a multitude of invites to fit the occasion.
Same sex couples looking for a cake for two (or more) can check out The Abbey’s menu. Fresh fruit-topped two tiered cakes, decorated with two lips or rings that are made from vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. Prices start at $24.
Until the end of the year, upscale lingerie store Coco de Mer has opened its garden to same sex couples free of charge. The garden, which fits up to 200 standing guests and 75 seated guests, offers couples the option to marry in an English-style Gazebo.
In celebration of the recent gay marriage law, Personality Hotels of San Francisco are offering a package called “Pride and Personality”. The deal provides accommodations, a bouquet of roses and a picture frame, at rates starting at $169, not including tax.
Also, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza has a GLAAD package that includes a two night hotel stay and a trial membership to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation.
The Hope-Merrill and Hope-Bosworth Bed and Breakfast (http://www.hope-inns.com/packages/packages.htm#GayElopement) offer a Gay Elopement package that includes, room accommodations for 2 nights, a non-denominational minister, flowers, a wedding cake, champagne, photos, dinner for 2, and four free breakfast vouchers at a midweek price of $2250.
Get an early start on planning to find the best same-sex marriage deals. Need a place to start? Check out Gay Weddings, Go Gay West Hollywood Weddings and Visit California for a list of places offering great deals to celebrate your union.