A local maker of sweets was a popular stop at the July 20 "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT Wedding Expo at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. (Jamie Page/The Tennessean )
Gay and lesbian couples planning wedding ceremonies in Tennessee often spend countless hours tracking down gay-friendly wedding vendors before even considering the details of their big day.
That's probably why Nashville's first ever "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT Wedding Expo today attracted nearly 400 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered couples to the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, where 33 such vendors were all in one space.
For nearly 12 years, the national resource RainbowWeddingNetwork has hosted more than 100 LGBT Wedding Expos in 26 states – Tennessee became the 27th today – to help couples find the resources needed to plan their dream ceremonies.
And the states where gay marriage is not legal is where attendance of these events tends to be the highest, said RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founder Marianne Puechl.
"It was a super showing for this event. We have been wanting to come to Tennessee for a long time," Puechl said. "There is such a dynamic community here that wants this. These resources are needed whether marriage equality is even being discussed here."
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