Your Perfect Wedding | 06.2016

 

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Just in case you’re the marrying kind—here’s all you need to know to make that special day—flawless.

BY VICTOR MELAMED

Unless you’re Stanford Blatch from Sex and the City, planning a wedding is hard. However there is no need to despair! Author Robert E. Blackmon—aka Gay Groom Robert—has penned the everything you need and nothing you don’t handbook for a top notch same-sex ceremony in The Gay Groom’s Guide: To Planning Your Perfect Wedding Without Losing Your Mind.

Created out of necessity, Blackmon gathered all the details from his dream wedding into this guide so other couples wouldn’t have to trudge the wedding path alone. It’s everyday solutions to real planning problems that work for any budget. As Blackmon puts it, he’s 2-parts Martha Stewart, 1-part Carson Kressley, and a dash of B. Smith for style, so expect some sass and sparkles too!

“I wanted to spare other grooms the drama I faced planning my own wedding.”

In a nutshell—it is the ultimate resource for planning the perfect wedding… YOUR perfect wedding. This workbook is filled with useable note sheets and helpful charts. Read a chapter and literally write down your thoughts as you go in the same book!

At the end of each chapter read Blackmon’s personal example of his successes through each stage.

“I have also included several pictures of my actual wedding process to help paint a complete and delightful picture for you,” reveals Blackmon. “Wedding planning can be difficult, but my easy to follow tips will keep you from losing your mind in the process!”

In an interview with THE FIGHT Blackmon revealed what motivated him to write about wedding planning for gay men.

“My then boyfriend Martin purposed to me on a trip to the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco in 2008. Once the shock wore off, I quickly started the planning process,” says Blackmon.

“We hadn’t even decided how many guests we were going to have, but I knew that lots of things would need to be ordered in advance. Much to my surprise, I had a very difficult time finding the simplest of wedding items for two men. My frustration led to the realization that if I was having this problem other men must be too. That’s how it all started. I wanted to spare other grooms the drama I faced planning my own wedding.”

Robert E. Blackmon is an author, designer and lifestyle expert who has worked with celebrities including Brooke Shields, Bea Arthur and Judy Tenuta. He and his husband Martin spilt their time between their homes in Los Angeles, Ontario, Canada and traveling the globe.


For more info on “The Gay Groom’s Guide: To Planning Your Perfect Wedding Without Losing Your Mind” visit www.gaygroomrobert.com.

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