Let The Wedding Planning Begin! RBA Event To Give VA Same-sex Couples Wedding Advice
The Richmond Business Alliance (RBA), along with Equality Virginia and other Richmond area businesses, want to help you plan your wedding.
Now we know, LGBTQ people can’t get married here in Virginia quite yet, but after yesterday’s Federal Hearing, it’s only a matter of time before the tide shifts.
So what do we do until then? Why PLAN THE WEDDING of course! And that’s where the RBA’s Victory, Vino & Vows (V3): Celebrating Marriage Equality & Etiquette comes in handy.
“Weddings are not a small occasion,” said Justin Ayars, President of the RBA. “With the LGBT population entering the marriage market in the not too distant future, It’s important for people to start taking matters seriously, not just from a political and legal stand point, but from a social and logistical planning stand point.”
From start to finish, weddings are not an easy process – bakers, DJ’s, venues, florists, all of these factors can make up the dream wedding LGBTQ folks have been waiting for. And This event hopes to give the local community a leg up.
Ronnie Adolf, President at Adolf Jewelers, is one of the main sponsors of the event. His jewelry company has teamed up with nationally renown jeweler Rony Tennenbaum to bring a special line of LGBT wedding rings to the Richmond area.
“I’m a guy who believes in equality, and a good business man,” said Adolf. He said he prides his business on being welcoming to all members of the community, and it’s because of this he wants to reach out to the LGBT community and support them. “I have a friendly store, I’m just one of those guys who believes people shouldn’t be discriminated against.”
Adolf sought after the Business Alliance in order to reach the LGBTQ audience knowing marriage equality is on its way to the commonwealth. He said he wanted to be ahead of the curve when serving this community. “I want to let these folks know I’m out here and I want them to come and feel comfortable shopping, with no one judging them.”
Part of bringing the Rony Tennenbaum collection to Richmond includes the Jeweler himself making an appearance and his presentation, “New Etiquette of the Rainbow,” is sure to help answer some questions for those unsure of how to proceed in the new world of legal same-sex marriage.
“I think the community itself is trying to figure out what to do,” said Adolf. “I think they’re trying to figure it out what the real etiquette is, but I think Rony is trying to help people.”
“New Etiquette of the Rainbow” hopes to teach not only members of the community the do’s and don’ts in planning a same-sex wedding, but also give retailers some insight into handling this new client base. “We’re being taught too,” Adolf admitted. “We’re wide open to have fun, and we want to be exciting. It’s moving so fast, I’m excited for the future.”
Florist, wedding planners, People of Faith for Equality in VA, VA ACLU, GCCR, and other vendors from the wedding industry will be present for Thursday’s event, and Ayars thinks the combination of people from the across the local business community will be great for those planning their future wedding.
“It’ll be a great chance for members of the LGBTQ community, all in once place, see what options are available for when same-sex marriages become legal in the future.”
Vino & Vows (V3): Celebrating Marriage Equality & Etiquette happens Thursday 5/15 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens 1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, VA 23228 from 6 – 8 PM. The event is open to the public for $10 (RBA members will receive a discounted admission rate of $5).
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