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Palm Springs Gay Wedding Guide

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Welcome to the Palm Springs gay wedding guide, where love knows no boundaries and celebrating equality is at the heart of every joyous occasion. Whether you’re a couple planning your dream wedding or a supportive friend or family member looking for inspiration, this guide is here to help you navigate through the journey of creating a memorable and inclusive celebration of love.

Love is love, and we believe that every couple deserves a wedding day that reflects their unique story and celebrates their commitment to one another. From intimate ceremonies to grand celebrations, we’ll explore various ideas, tips, and resources to ensure that your wedding truly reflects your love, individuality, and shared vision.

Highlighted are LGBTQ+-friendly vendors and wedding professionals who have dedicated themselves to creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all couples. You’ll find recommendations for photographers, florists, caterers, and more who understand the importance of honoring diverse love stories.

Selecting a Wedding Planner

Hire a local professional wedding planner specializing in Palm Springs weddings to ensure a seamless wedding planning process.

These well-connected wedding planners have a network of LGBTQ+ friendly vendors, including photographers, florists, caterers, and venues. They can recommend trusted professionals who will make your wedding day memorable.

Stacey Jones Event Design: Stacey Jones Event Design is recognized for their elegant and sophisticated event planning services. They have a reputation for curating exquisite events with a timeless and refined ambiance. Stacey Jones Event Design focuses on creating seamless client experiences, ensuring every detail is meticulously executed.

Parker Palm Springs Wedding
Parker Palm Springs Wedding. Credit: Stacy Jones

After The Engagement: After The Engagement is a boutique event planning company that offers personalized and intimate event experiences. They pride themselves on bringing their client’s dreams to life, providing a high level of customization and attention to detail. After The Engagement specializes in creating unique and meaningful events that reflect the individuality of their clients.

After The Engagement Gay Wedding
Casa Cody. Credit: After The Engagement

Fuego Events: Fuego can combine all the pieces of a same-sex wedding, including catering, music, photography, décor, floral designs, and theme planning. Their event space is a 1955 midcentury landmark located on South Palm Canyon.

Artisan Floral Event Décor: Artisan doesn’t just do flowers, they also do lighting, stage, music, décor, and more. They also work with preferred vendors for hair and makeup, photographers, caterers, and bakers. They offer end-to-end event planning and execution services for all aspects of a wedding.

Gay wedding at the Avalon
Avalon Palm Springs. Credit: Artisan Events

Choosing The Right Venue & Vibe

Selecting the perfect venue and vibe for a gay wedding is essential to creating a celebration that reflects your unique love story and individuality. Like any wedding, the venue sets the stage for the entire event, but it can hold even greater significance for a same-sex couple. Finding a welcoming and inclusive space that aligns with your vision, values, and desired atmosphere will ensure that your special day truly reflects who you are as a couple.

Whether you envision a grand ballroom, an intimate garden, a modern midcentury setting, or a more rustic desert scene, selecting the right venue and vibe for your gay wedding is an opportunity to create a truly memorable and joyous experience that celebrates love in all its forms.

Large Resort & Hotels

Some of the advantages to large resort weddings is they often offer comprehensive wedding packages that include everything from banquet rooms, catering, decorations, and entertainment. These packages can save you time and effort in planning and organizing various aspects of your wedding. Large resorts can also accommodate a significant number of guests.

Large resorts often feature many amenities, such as spas, pools, and salons. This means that both you and your guests can enjoy a variety of leisure options before the wedding, adding an extra dimension of relaxation and entertainment to the overall experience.

These recommended large resorts are experienced in hosting weddings and are well-trained in providing excellent service. They can assist you with event coordination, menu selection, and other crucial details, ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly and efficiently.

The Parker Palm Springs: The Parker Palm Springs is a chic and luxurious venue that provides a beautiful backdrop for same-sex weddings. Its lush gardens, stylish decor, and sophisticated ambiance offer a romantic atmosphere for couples to exchange vows. The venue also has experienced event coordinators who can cater to the unique needs of same-sex weddings.

Parker Palm Springs Gay Wedding

The Saguaro Palm Springs: Vibrant and colorful, the Saguaro Palm Springs is a trendy venue that appeals to couples looking for a fun and festive atmosphere. Its colorful exterior, modern interiors, and spacious outdoor areas make it a perfect choice for same-sex weddings. The Saguaro also offers flexible event spaces and a dedicated team of professionals to ensure a seamless wedding experience.

Saguaro Gay Wedding

Ace Hotel & Swim Club: With its retro-cool vibe and laid-back atmosphere, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a popular venue for same-sex weddings. This hip and trendy location offers a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, including a poolside area perfect for cocktail receptions. The venue’s unique aesthetic and relaxed vibe make it a favorite among couples who want a stylish and unconventional wedding experience.

Ace Hotel. Credit Ashley Laprade
Ace Hotel. Credit Ashley Laprade

Mid-Size Hotels

We consider mid-size properties having more than 5o rooms, but not convention size with large ballrooms. Planning a wedding in a mid-size hotel can be more manageable compared to larger venues. The size allows for smoother coordination with the hotel staff, event planners, and vendors. With fewer logistics to handle, you can have peace of mind knowing that everything will be well-organized. It can also feel more like a grand wedding without the need for the grand wedding spaces.

Avalon Palm Springs: Over the years, this 70-room Spanish-style hotel, with 13 private villas, has hosted all manner of nuptials: day and night, simple and extravagant ceremonies, eloping couples, and buyout destination weddings. They will handle your entire wedding, from planning to execution on your wedding day. Plus, they have an excellent on-site spa.

Avalon. Credit: Ashley Laprade
Avalon. Credit: Ashley Laprade

Small Hotels & Inns

Small hotels or inns offer a more intimate setting for weddings. With fewer rooms and event spaces, you can create a cozy atmosphere where you and your guests can truly connect and celebrate together. This allows for a more personal and meaningful experience, as you can interact closely with each attendee.

Booking a small hotel or inn for your wedding often grants you exclusive use of the entire property. This means you and your guests can enjoy privacy and seclusion, as there won’t be other unrelated events or guests on-site. Having a venue all to yourselves can enhance the sense of intimacy and create a unique sense of togetherness.

Small hotels or inns often provide more flexibility in terms of customization. Since they cater to smaller events, they can easily accommodate your specific preferences and requirements, bringing in your own vendors. From personalized decor and menu options to unique ceremony setups, you have more freedom to tailor the venue to reflect your individual style and vision rather than be required to select from the catering menu at a large resort.

Here are some small hotels that cater to same-sex weddings.

 Amin Casa: This charming gay-owned property was once the home of Gloria Swanson. They offer a glamorous air of romance that promises perfection in every detail. You also have the freedom to work with your own vendors.

Amin Casa wedding

Alcazar Palm Springs: This centrally located 34-room resort offers a full buyout. They can accommodate up to 125 guests. Cantering is provided by F10 catering, which can be anything from passed hors d’oeuvres to elaborate sit-down dinners.

Alkazar Wedding
Credit: Justin Critz

Casa Cody Palm Springs: This is Palm Springs oldest boutique inn.  Casa Cody resides on almost two acres of endless event possibilities. Tucked away on a quiet street yet in the heart of Palm Springs, the property’s private homes, rolling lawns, and dual pools set the stage for beautiful weddings of up to 220 guests.

Casa Cody Wedding

Velvet Rope Hotel: This gay-owned boutique property warmly welcomes wedding parties and offers beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Each room is unique and they have a lovely on-site lounge with room a DJ. It also includes a baby grand piano. This boutique luxury property is perfect for a buy-out boutique gay wedding.

The velvet rope

Other Wedding Venues

One of the main advantages of choosing an inexpensive small chapel is the cost savings. Small chapels typically have lower rental fees than larger venues, making it a budget-friendly option for couples who want to minimize their wedding expenses.

Small chapels often offer all-inclusive wedding packages. These packages typically include essential services such as the ceremony space, officiant, basic decor, and executing all the necessary paperwork. They are a good choice for elopement weddings or small weddings with just a few friends or family.

Palm Springs Wedding Chapel: This wedding chapel takes pride in embracing and supporting couples from all walks of life, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their Rainbow weddings are designed to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, creating a safe and inclusive space for couples to exchange vows and celebrate their love. Standard Chapel Ceremony for up to 20 guests is $675. Elopement for two is $475.

Rainbow Wedding Chapel

Palm Springs Wedding Caterers

 When it comes to dining options in Palm Springs, you’ll find a diverse range of restaurants and catering services to satisfy any palate. Many are locally owned and gay-owned. Hiring a locally-owned caterer contributes directly to the local economy. It helps in sustaining and supporting small businesses in your community, which, in turn, creates job opportunities and stimulates economic growth.

Locally owned caterers often deeply understand the local culinary scene, including regional specialties and seasonal ingredients. They can incorporate local flavors and dishes into your menu, providing your guests a unique and authentic dining experience.

Some local favorites known for their exceptional cuisine and LGBTQ+ inclusivity include:

Trio Catering: Offering contemporary American fare focusing on fresh ingredients and creative flavors, Trio is locally owned and gay-owned and popular for rehearsal dinners or intimate wedding receptions.

Trio Catering

Lulu Catering & Events: Lulu Catering will guide you through all their collections of fanciful and unique décor, exquisite place settings, elegant dishware, colorful linens, and more.

LuLu Catering

Eight4Nine Catering: This locally owned and gay-owned restaurant offers full-service catering for your preferred event space. The restaurant also has lovely event spaces, both indoors and outdoors, with views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

849 Wedding Catering
Onsite wedding on the 849 outdoor patio.

Wedding Cakes & Desserts

Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts: This is a small bakery, and everything is made from scratch. They are popular and very busy, so you’ll need to make arrangements for a custom wedding cake way in advance. If you need something quick, they have lovely, tasty, and beautiful cupcakes often used for weddings.

Over The Rainbow Desserts - Retro cake

 Music & DJs

 If you’re having a dinner party, you might want to consider offering dancing. Having a DJ at your wedding party can significantly enhance the overall experience for you and your guests. A skilled DJ knows how to create an energetic and fun atmosphere that keeps everyone engaged throughout the night. They have the experience to read the crowd and play the right songs at the right time, ensuring that the dance floor stays packed and the party keeps going.

Hiring a professional DJ allows you to relax and enjoy your wedding without worrying about managing the music yourself.

DJ Mod Girl: This girl is fun and does many LGBTQ+ events throughout the year. Voted best DJ of the desert, and you’ll discover why she’s the life of the party.

DJ Mod Girl

 Palm Springs Gay Wedding Officiant

 Joyful Weddings & Events: Specialize in same-sex weddings.

Palm Springs Wedding Photographers

Ashley Laprade Photography: Experience photographer in Palm Springs who specializes in same-sex weddings, capturing unique moments with contemporary style.

Ace Hotel. Credit Ashley Laprade
Ace Hotel. Credit Ashley Laprade

Brady Bates Photography: With years of experience and an eye for detail, Brady captures the joy and emotion of any celebration with his beautiful imagery. He offers a wide range of services, including photography, Super 8, printing, and album design, to provide a complete wedding photography experience.

Ryan Horban: Ryan understands weddings can be emotional and sometimes stressful. He will work closely with you to beautifully document your wedding.

Kevin & Steven's elopment. Credit: Ryan Horban
Kevin & Steven’s elopement. Credit: Ryan Horban

Danforth Neal Photography: As a gay-owned business, Todd combines his technical training, art history education, and photojournalistic style to capture the raw authenticity of love beautifully.

Ordering Flowers

During the initial consultation, communicate your ideas, theme, color palette, and any specific floral requirements you have in mind. Provide as many details as possible to help the florist understand your vision. They may also offer suggestions based on experience, seasonal availability, and design expertise.

My Little Flower Shop: This is a locally-owned, gay-owned, renowned wedding florist.  Past clients include the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Presidential Inaugurations.

My little flower shop florist

Hermano Flower Shop: This boutique flower shop is locally owned and gay-owned by Adrian Romero. It is centrally located in the Mojave Flea Market. Please get in touch with him to create custom floral arrangements for your boutique wedding.

Hermano Flower Bouquet

Cheers to a beautiful LGBTQ+ wedding in this desert paradise!

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