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''Our clients want something very individual, very fun,'' she says. ''The ceremony and reception may be traditional or very nontraditional, or any point in between.''
A ''typical'' same-sex nuptial tends to be a rather small affair, she says, more likely to be held at a home or other small venue, rather than a church or hotel ballroom with just a few dozen guests in attendance.
Named Caterer of the Year in 2010 by Catering magazine, a prestigious industry publication, Main Event Caterers serves between 10 and 20 gay weddings a year. The woman-owned firm prides itself on being completely environmentally friendly, being 100 percent wind-powered, carbon-neutral and recycling all waste.
''Personalized'' is the word Pepe Neira, co-owner of QCaterers of Washington, uses to describe the weddings requested by his clientele.
''The weddings our clients want tend to be colorful and fun, not very ceremonial,'' he says. Like those planned by Main Event Caterers, weddings with QCaterers tend to be rather intimate affairs with only two or three dozen guests attending, often at a private home, although Neira recalls one memorable event on an apartment rooftop with the D.C. skyline serving as a dramatic backdrop. Ceremonies can be religious or not, clothing can be formal or casual, and menu choices are often what Neira describes as ''adventurous.''
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John F. Stanton, a CAGLCC member, is the president of SRP & Associates Inc., a strategic marketing and public relations firm in Northern Virginia.