about our featured blogger

Bernadette Coveney Smith has been planning LGBT weddings since 2004, when she founded the United States' first gay wedding planning firm, 14 Stories, which has offices in Boston and New York. She's worked with hundreds of same-sex couples from 30+ states to produce beautiful, memorable same-sex weddings. Bernadette is the author of Gay Wedding Confidential: Adventures and Advice from America's #1 Gay Wedding Planner, and the app of the same name. She's been featured as a gay weddings expert on the Today Show, CNN and NPR. Bernadette is married to Jen Coveney-Smith and they have a baby boy named Patrick. Keep it here for her tips and ideas for planning your own same-sex wedding!

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Entertaining Your Guests

I was sitting with clients recently and we were talking about the flow of their gay wedding in New York.  I have this four page questionnaire I go through a few months before the wedding with our big wedding clients.  The conversation went something like this:Me:  Are you having a first...read more

Posted Thursday 6/19/2014

by Bernadette Coveney Smith  

Wedding Planning is a Big Team Effort

Planning a wedding is an extraordinary team effort.  In fact, the average wedding has 43 different vendors.  That's a pretty big team. How can you tell if a vendor is the right fit for you?  In addition to the obvious (LGBT-friendliness), pay attention to the following things when you're...read more

Posted Tuesday 1/28/2014

by Bernadette Coveney Smith  

Lee and Tom's Awesome Wedding Video

I really really really love the work we get to do and the wonderful clients we meet at www.14stories.com. Lee and Tom are a perfect example, a very well matched couple, equally nerdy and equally funny. Their wedding had a little bit of geek for everyone - the science geek, the computer geek, the board...read more

Posted Tuesday 11/19/2013

by Bernadette Coveney Smith  

Questions for Your Caterer

At some point during your wedding planning process, you should actually get to eat the food that will be served at your wedding. This may be the only time in your life where you can give a real chef constructive feedback to his or her face! It's your wedding food so this is an important detail. During...read more

Posted Monday 10/14/2013

by Bernadette Coveney Smith  

Non-Traditional Wedding Venues

A few years ago, my team and I took over a large summer camp for a three day wedding weekend. I love working in nontraditional wedding venues. It's fun thinking outside the box and can be a great way to tie into a theme.Consider these options for your wedding:* restaurants* bed and breakfasts/inns*...read more

Posted Tuesday 9/10/2013

by Bernadette Coveney Smith  


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