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and the amenities that you take pride in providing are very much enjoyed and appreciated. We were able to relax (let’s hear it for the outdoor jacuzzi!), sleep, laugh and shop to our hearts’ content last weekend. We really needed all that. - Quebec, Canada We fell in love over and over again in your beautiful Inn. The romantic atmosphere is calming, soothing, and welcoming. It’s home. - East Haddam, CT Our experience at The Highlands Inn was above and beyond what we expected. Your place is both elegant and rustic, a very rare combination to find. Walking the grounds was peaceful as well as aesthetically pleasing. The ceremony written especially for us deeply touched our hearts ... and Grace you made sure all our needs were met and as a photographer you excelled! We want to thank both of you as well as your staff for touching our lives and hearts in this way. We will recommend The Highlands Inn to all of our friends and acquaintances. We are deeply grateful for all that you have done for us and hope to return in the future. -Kathy & Jayne, North Carolina RWN: Why is it particularly appealing for couples to take advantage of an all-inclusive wedding package? What does a typical package include?

GN: When people are traveling a distance to get married, as so many same-sex couples must do because their state doesn’t have marriage equality, it is essential that there is a good balance between the opportunity to make choices about aspects of your wedding and having someone coordinate the details. Most of our weddings are just the brides, or perhaps the brides and just a few guests. Our Intimate Wedding Package caters to weddings with 4 guests or less. It includes: • • • • • •

Services of a Justice of the Peace or Clergy person 8 inch wedding cake Champagne with two Highlands Inn flutes Fresh floral arrangement in your room when you arrive Gift basket filled with treats and surprises Breakfast in your room one morning

We are also equipped to host much larger affairs. The Highlands Inn has been a host to weddings since 1985. Then, we were privileged to be the location of choice for many women wishing to celebrate their commitment despite the lack of legal recognition. In 2008 when New Hampshire began to recognize civil unions our years of experience left us well-equipped to host weddings for the people from around the country who travel to New Hampshire to have

their unions legally recognized. Since 2010 New Hampshire now recognizes full marriage equality so there is no better place than the Highlands for a lesbian couple to celebrate their commitment with a wedding of any size, and receive the legal recognition that is their right. We have a planning guide available on our website at - it describes all of our wedding packages and other important information for brides considering marrying at the Inn. RWN: What is the average guest count? Do many of the ceremony guests also stay on at the Inn for the night or the weekend? GN: Most of our weddings are just the brides, or the brides and a few family members and friends, but we have hosted weddings of all sizes with probably 120 guests being the largest. Although we are an Inn especially for women, all wedding guests are welcome to stay, no matter the guest count. We work with the brides to help them plan the wedding that is right for them including how many nights their guests will stay. Many brides arrive a day or two before their guests and stay on at the Inn for their honeymoon after their guests have left. Wedding guests have commented that the opportunity to gather with family and friends

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The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

An expanded issue of the nation's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Magazine. This issue features the latest tips and trends for 2011 along wit...

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