Your Guide to the Perfect Miami Gay Wedding
This couple renewed their vows at a huge group ceremony in Miami Beach this week.
Photo by George Martinez
Gay marriage has been legal in Miami-Dade for three whole days, and hundreds of couples have already tied the knot at the courthouse or in mass weddings like a gathering at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Of course, many others are waiting to have their storybook shindig, complete with all the trimmings. Plus don't forget the out-of-state couples who can finally plan a legitimate destination wedding in South Florida.
These affairs will undoubtedly be as diverse as Miami-Dade's LGBT population, but just in case you wanted a few extra-Miami touches to your holy union, here's our guide to the perfect gay wedding in the Magic City.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
For Men: There's really only one choice if you're looking for the typical night of bachelor-party debauchery, and that's the Floppy Rooster, Miami's only all-male, all-nude strip club. Bring lots of ones (and a lot more if you want a lap dance).
For Ladies: I asked around about which strip clubs are most lesbian-friendly and was met with combinations of "Uh..." and "All of them, if you want them to be." I was then told that lesbian bachelorette parties aren't really a "thing," and that when they are, they aren't that clichéd. Then I was sent this very NSFW cupcake recipe. Sorry, ladies.
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The Officiant: RuPaul's Drag Race Ms. Congeniality winner and South Florida's own Latrice Royale just happens to be able to perform weddings -- she was ordained in 2013. Granted, she's traveling the globe as one of the world's most in-demand drag queens, but this is your dream wedding we're talking about, so book early.
The Venue: If you're looking for an old-fashioned church wedding, here are some churches that will honor your same-sex marriage: Trinity Cathedral, Unity on the Bay, Miami Beach Community Church, and the Unitarian Unversalist Congreation of Miami. If you're looking for more secular venues, check our list from all the way back in 2011.
But personally, I prefer the beach, because you can be, in the immortal words of Paris Is Burning, "as free as the wind that's blowing out on this beach."
The First Song: Is there really any better song for a gay wedding in Miami than Gloria Estefan's cover of the disco classic "Everlasting Love"? This is a gay wedding. In Miami.
Drink for the First Toast: The Anita Bryant, naturally. In the '70s, when Florida orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant led her now-famous campaign against basic gay rights in Miami-Dade, gay bars responded by taking Screwdrivers (a combo of vodka and OJ) off their menus and replacing them with a mix of vodka and apple juice and naming them the Anita Bryant. Of course, if apple juice and vodka sound kind of gross together, mojitos are fine too.
The Sunday "Goodbye" Brunch: When saying goodbye to your straggling last few out-of-town guests Sunday, you can always take them to drag brunch at Palace, but if you're feeling extra-fancy, there's always Casa Casuarina at Versace's old home.
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