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My big, gay Christmas wedding

It’s a famously romantic time of year to propose or get wed says Gemma Rose

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:21:54 GMT | Updated 1 years today

Christmas is almost upon us but some of us have another big day in mind too. Christmas weddings are on the increase and it's easy to understand why. What could be more romantic than walks in the snow, open log fires, woolly jumpers and lots of sparkle? Proposals and civil partnerships, dresses and bow ties - is winter becoming the new summer?

 

DIVA reader, Emma Plant, planned her special day with partner, Lyndsey, for the memorable date 12/12/12. She said: "It is the last repeat day we will ever see… I think that's pretty special! I'm awful with dates so it will hopefully stick in my head." Lyndsey proposed on a weekend mini-break in Devon, halfway up a cliff at sunset.

 

The couple's ceremony was held in Gloucestershire, with Emma wearing a navy suit, white brogues, and a bow tie to quirk up the look. When we spoke, shortly before the event, she was still totally in the dark with regards to Lyndsey's dress.

 

Emma and Lyndsey celebrated with an intimate ceremony with just 20 close friends and family. Despite their big day taking place in pretty much the middle of the festive period, for Emma it wasn't about Christmas. "I decided on a winter wedding as we wanted the date. The only bit that is Christmas-themed is that the hotel will be dressed for Christmas, so open log fires will be keeping us warm!"

 

DIVA Facebook follower Sally also booked her wedding for the 21 of this month and told us: "[I have] never been so happy!!"

 

A Christmas proposal is romantic to the point of cliche, but not everyone would be thrilled to receive one.  Liza tweeted:"I think people should get engaged on a random day otherwise it just seems they ran out of ideas for presents."

 

Sadly, Beverley responded to DIVA's Christmas weddings post on Facebook with: "I wish. No point until the federal government are on my side too." We know a lot of DIVA readers around the world still don't have the option to get hitched - whether in a civil partnership or equal marriage. Are people in the UK LGBT community putting off the big day until the law supports equal marriage? Perhaps so, but we've got our fingers, toes and everything else crossed that things will change in 2013, thanks to the government's recently announced same-sex marriage bill.

 

Not found 'the one' yet? Don't panic - Sleaze Queen is waiting for you on Twitter. "Cheer up a lonely singleton in time for xmas??? Hot date, all exps paid? ;)"

 

There we go, sorted!

 

And to anyone tying the knot this Christmas - congratulations from everyone at DIVA, and to the rest of you, Merry Christmas!  

 

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