How To Survive A Gay Wedding

Well, it’s here. The season of gays getting married!
Thanks to the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states last June, homosexuals everywhere have been scrambling to tie the knot. We can’t blame the couples really, as they’ve only been waiting FOREVER for the chance to say “I do” to the one they love.

So, don’t be surprised when you open your mailbox to a handful of gay wedding invites. Quite frankly, you should be excited! Not only will you get to celebrate love and happiness, but you’ll have a fantastic reason to put on your finest attire and sip on a plethora of mixed cocktails and chilled wines. #Yassss
However, if you’ve never been to a gay wedding before (or even if you have – no two are the same!), we’ve put together a survival guide to help you get through all of the fabulousness!
1. Be respectful of the couple.
You’ll probably need to know ahead of tim how the grooms or the brides prefer to be address. For example, does the lesbian couple favor bride and bride, or bride and bridegroom? Some might think this is petty, but hey, it’s not your wedding, and it’s not the biggest day of your life, so be respectful or the surrounded by everyone they love and care about.
2. Find a suitable wedding card. 
Not long ago, finding a card that represented gay and lesbian couples was a feat and a half. Nowadays, you can buy them in most stores that sell cards – and there’s lots to choose and more every passing day! However, not every to-be-married couple is gay or lesbian. Non-binary gender identities exist too, so make sure you pick one that accurately represents who’s getting hitched.
3. Expect the unexpected. 
While gay people aren’t any different from straight people, sometimes gay couples like to be a little more experimental with the non-conventional! For example, there probably won’t be a “boys” side and a “girls” side, and you might here “Man of Honor” instead of “Maid of Honor,” “Best Woman” instead of “Best Man.” These things really shouldn’t come as a surprise though.
4. Have fun.
So, lets be real – there’s going to be some pretty fantastic food and plenty of adult beverages for you to enjoy at a gay wedding. Unless, of course, the couple decides otherwise, but it’s not common. Eat until your stuffed, drink until you’re merry, but lordt please – don’t throw up that great food because you had too many great cocktails. Don’t be that person.
5. Be supportive.
Regardless of your opinions, or what others might think, letting the happy couple know that you’re happy for them is a gift in itself. It’s a pretty emotional day to begin with (you might not know how their family reacted or treated them upon the initial news of their coming out, etc), so be as happy and as nice as you should be – i mean, they invited you, right?
6. Make sure your date is appropriate.
If you’re bringing a friend to the wedding, it would probably help if they knew the couple. The last thing you need is for your date to a) have any issue about same-sex relationships, b) only agreed to go with you to see two women kiss, or c) isn’t as respectful as you. Gay couples have only been granted the permission to officially get hitched for about 10 months now, so the fewer hiccups or disturbances, the better. Make good choices.

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Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Local Jewelry Store Has a Lot to be Thankful for

Nelson Estate Jewelers is nestled right in the heart of Dobson Ranch in Mesa, Arizona. They specialize in unique custom designs, true vintage and antique pieces, and they have a wonderful jeweler on site for expert jewelry repair services. They also buy from the public, meaning you can bring your old unworn jewelry pieces or inherited coin sets and sell them for quick cash or use them in trade toward new treasures!

The Journey

Owners David Nelson and his wife Aubrey sold all their assets (including 2 rental properties and a personal stash of gold and silver bullion) to give Nelson Estate Jewelers a running start back in 2017. David Nelson has been in the jewelry industry since he was just 15 years old and has worked for many of the big-name jewelers such as Ganem, Zales, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, and E.D. Marshall Jewelers. David and Aubrey identified the need for an expert jeweler in their local community and recognized that the old way of doing things is antiquated. They set out to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with realistic and transparent pricing that respects every client looking to either treat themselves to fine jewelry or express their love to someone special with a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.

Many people in the community stood behind David & Aubrey, some even got their hands dirty and assisted with the actual buildout of the shop to support what Nelson Estate Jewelers was striving to become. Local artists Daron Rogers and Angel Rogers Photography proudly display their art pieces in the showroom. Nelson Estate Jewelers loves to display local art pieces as a small way to give back to the community. They also only charge $5 for watch batteries and donate the proceeds to United Food Bank!

Jewelry Experts

Currently, Nelson Estate Jewelers sells an average of 15 engagement rings per month, whether it be a stunning find in the case, a true period piece from the 1920’s, or a creative custom design built from scratch. David & Aubrey are so thankful to be a part of the special moments in their clients’ lives; engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and even birthdays and graduations. Since jewelry is all about self-expression and no two people are exactly alike, Nelson Estate Jewelers offers incredibly unique pieces as well as the ability to custom design any jewelry piece specific to the person wearing it.

Love for the Community

Nelson Estate Jewelers values its clients above all else; each client is seen, heard, and treated with respect. Rather than hard sales pitches, David & Aubrey focus on listening to needs. They work within specific budgets without sacrificing quality because they believe you shouldn’t have to break the bank to show someone how you feel. Building trust and friendships in their local community is far more important to them than playing insulting price games that you often find at big chain retail stores. The bottom line is that none of what Nelson Estate Jewelers has become would have been possible without the friends, family, and clients who stood behind them then and who continue to support them today.

For more information on Nelson Estate Jewelers visit

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should

A few years ago, Huffington Post put together an amazing list of 11 Lesbians In History You Don’t Know But Should. In honor of International Women Day, we highlight those amazing women and give them thanks for their courage and contributions to our community.

When we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like Ellen DeGeneres and Billie Jean King presumably come to mind. But we at The Huffington Post wanted to teach you a little somethin’ somethin’ about your history in honor of October’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month. Below, feast your eyes on a group of undaunted ladies who helped paved the way for women and their women-loving ways, and check out the video above for HuffPost Live’s full conversation on lesbian history from the ancient times to now.

Read the full story here!