Wedding Expo Returns During Pivotal Year For Marriage Equality

By BTL Staff

Dancing, music, delicious food and a party atmosphere will greet the hundreds of people coming out to the 2015 Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo March 21.
The Expo promises to be bigger and more entertaining than ever, including a complimentary champagne brunch by Jeff Zak catering and an anniversary celebration with wedding cake from Sweet Dreams to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the historic decision that declared the Michigan marriage ban unconstitutional. Motif singers will keep the party going all afternoon, and the Detroit Salsa Dancers will dance to their dynamic rhythms.
Over 100 LGBT friendly vendors – caterers, banquet halls, florists, bakers, celebrants, bridal shops, tuxedo shops, rental companies, jewelers, hairdressers, beauty products, limousines, even adoptions agencies, attorneys, financial planners and social service agencies – are ready to serve LGBT couples and help them plan the perfect wedding celebration.
A pre-Expo seminar featuring the attorney's expert in the DeBoer v. Snyder case will discuss the current state of the struggle for marriage equality, the implications of the case going before the U.S. Supreme Court in April and the historic impact it will have on millions of LGBT people in Michigan and the entire nation. The seminar starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:15 – just in time to move over to the fully catered champagne brunch, provided by Jeff Zak catering of Plymouth, from 12:30-2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., B. Ella Bridal from Plymouth and The Tux Shoppe from Birmingham will produce a fashion show with the latest styles in wedding couture. The fashion show was a highlight of last year's show, and promises to be even more spectacular this year. Watch out for the Derby Girls!
Then, at 3, Sweet Dreams Bakery will roll out a fabulous wedding cake to celebrate the first anniversary on U.S. District Judge Friedman's historic decision in the DeBoer v. Snyder case. One year ago to the day he declared Michigan's marriage ban to be unconstitutional, prompting over 300 couples to marry the next day at four county clerk offices. Just recently those marriages were validated by another federal judge in the Casper v. Snyder case.
This timely event will feature prizes and dancing, music and delicious food fun and serious discussion about marriage equality in Michigan and the entire nation. Because this is happening at such a critical time for marriage rights, there is no charge to this year's Expo. Instead, BTL is asking people to donate to the National Marriage Challenge, the non-profit group raising money to support the DeBoer v. Snyder legal team that will represent all of us at the U.S. Supreme Court.
BTL thanks our sponsors: B. Ella Bridal, Comerica Bank, C&N Party Rentals, Jeff Zak Catering, Motif, Miner's Den Jewelers, Cocktails and Dreams and Sweet Dreams Bakery.
You can pre-register to enter to win valuable prizes at and to donate to the National Marriage Challenge right there online. The 2015 Ultimate Wedding and Anniversary Expo will be March 21 at the Southfield Civic Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, in Southfield. For more information or to become a vendor visit or call 734-293-7200 ext. 15.