2017-18 Event Calendar

2017-18 Event Calendar

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Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2015 regarding marriage equality for the LGBT community, most couples in the United States found themselves breathing a sigh of relief.  After a decade of vacillating legislation in states throughout the nation, couples within our community finally felt at ease with enjoying a leisurely engagement and planning their dream ceremonies with a more relaxed timeframe.  But now in 2017, with the recent election results and talk of future Supreme Court appointments that will likely lean toward the conservative, LGBT couples find themselves again facing an uncertain future with regard to marriage rights and family equality.

“The potential passage of legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act has many couples feeling very uneasy,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl.  “It’s not so much the fact that certain wedding professionals might soon be able to openly discriminate… it’s the precedent that legislation of this kind sets.  To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBT minority is wise to what kind of backlash this kind of bill might create.  So couples and our allies are finding ways to take action in ways that are personally meaningful to them.”

Puechl and her partner Cindy Sproul launched RainbowWeddingNetwork.com in 2000, and began producing a national tour of LGBT Wedding Expos in 2003.  To date, the company has brought over 175 signature events to 32 states, and continues to expand its circuit each year.

“We’ve seen a spike in RSVP’s for our upcoming 2017 events ever since November 9th,” Puechl continues.  “Couples aren’t frantic, but they’re wanting to take real action.  Moving ahead with their plans to marry is one way they can empower themselves.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s tour of LGBT Wedding Expos will visit at least 25 cities in 2017, to help couples find the resources they need to move ahead with their ceremony plans, honeymoons and lives together.  The festive, informative Expos are smaller in scope than traditional "bridal" fairs, providing an atmosphere that's welcoming and personable.  Alyssa Harding and her fiancee Bethany, who recently attended one of the Expos in Texas, commented that they "felt immediately like we didn't have to translate ourselves to these vendors.  Everyone knew we were two brides, and they were so genuine in their respectfulness and happiness for us.  Plus, there were not hundreds of vendors, like some of the wedding trade shows:  this was more intimate and Beth and I thought that was a lot more comfortable.  We didn't feel overwhelmed... we felt truly supported."

Food & Cake Samples, Trendy LGBT Planning Ideas & Raffle Giveaways are also highlights of every 'Same Love, Same Rights'® event.  The Expos are free for couples to attend, and all budgets are welcome.  Friends, family, hetero- allies & other advocates of equal rights are welcome to join in the fun.

“Couples, their wedding party & LGBT allies gather together at these Expos,” says Puechl.  “Couples are planning their ceremonies & honeymoons, and wedding professionals are meeting new clients.  But more than that, these signature events offer an afternoon for everyone to join together & envision the next steps for the LGBT community in the local area as well as throughout the country.  The more cohesive our community becomes, the sooner we’ll achieve lasting equality throughout the nation."


Don't see an Event near you?  There may be soon - we add new dates every month or two!  Keep checking back!  In the meantime, share our current calendar with friends who may be able to attend.  And thanks for posting the event date on your social media outlets - we want all couples to know about these exciting and unique resources!

2017 Event Dates and Location

Baltimore, MD (January 22, 2017)
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Jersey City/NYC (Feb. 12, 2017)
Liberty House Restaurant
76 Audrey Zapp Dr
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Raleigh, NC (Feb. 26, 2017) - New Venue!
Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Charlotte, NC (March 12, 2017)
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC  28204

Phoenix, AZ (March 26, 2017)
Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
Glendale, AZ 85305

Dallas, TX (May 7, 2017)
Sheraton McKinney Hotel
1900 Gateway Blvd
McKinney, TX 75070

San Antonio, TX (July 16, 2017) - New Venue!
Moonlight Ballroom

7711 Guilbeau Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78250

Dayton, OH (Sept 10, 2017)
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
300 Prestige Place
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Tickets Exhibit

Cleveland, OH (Sept 24, 2017)
Holiday Inn Cleveland East/Mentor
7701 Reynolds Road
Mentor, OH 44060
Tickets | Exhibit

Indianapolis, IN (Oct. 8, 2017)
The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club
12255 Club Point Dr.
Fishers, IN 46037
Tickets Exhibit

Louisville, KY (Nov. 12, 2017)
Galt House Hotel
140 N. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Tickets Exhibit

St. Augustine, FL (Feb. 4, 2018)
Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
860 A1A Beach Boulevard
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080


Raleigh, NC (Feb. 25, 2018)
Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Tickets | Exhibit

Austin, TX (April 8, 2018)
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Tickets | Exhibit

Columbus, OH (Jan. 29, 2017) - New Venue!
The Westin Columbus Hotel
310 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Atlanta, GA (Feb. 19, 2017) - New Venue!
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Bucks County, PA (March 5, 2017)
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
400 N Oxford Valley Rd
Langhorne, PA 19047

Chicago, IL (March 19, 2017) - New Venue!
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
733 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Austin, TX (April 9, 2017)
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701

St. Louis (July 9, 2017)
Holiday Inn St. Louis - South County Center
6921 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63125

Denver, CO (July 30, 2017) - New Venue!
Lionsgate Event Center

1055 South 112th Street
Lafayette, CO 80026

Houston, TX (Sept 17, 2017)
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
Tickets | Exhibit 

Tampa, FL (Oct. 1, 2017)
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Tickets Exhibit

Boston, MA (Nov. 5, 2017)
Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tickets | Exhibit

West Hartford, CT (Jan. 28, 2018)
Delamar West Hartford
1 Memorial Rd
West Hartford, CT 06107
Tickets Exhibit

Oklahoma City, OK (Feb. 11, 2018)
Gaillardia Country Club
5300 Gaillardia Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Tickets | Exhibit

Chicago, IL (March 18, 2018)
Hotel Chicago
333 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets Exhibit

Dallas, TX (May 20, 2018)
Wyndham Garden Dallas North
2645 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234
Tickets | Exhibit