PinkNews meets Gaysha Events, a company set up to offer a bespoke events and wedding planning service, geared specifically towards the LGBT community.
Gaysha Events LTD is a newly established company which provides a pre-wedding event planning service for the LGBT community. It focuses on events such as stag or hen parties.
The company ethos is centred on the Japanese proverb: “Love disregards all inequalities and differences in social status,” and the founders tell PinkNews that no event is too big or too small.
Gaysha was established based on the idea that every couple should have the right to celebrate their momentous and joyous occasion without being discriminated against.
Founded by Sophia and Claire in October 2013, the company aims to provide its niche client base with the creation and management of spectacular and unique events, by sourcing LGBT friendly businesses and suppliers which have a similar ethos to the company.
The pair have worked hard to get to know companies and individuals within the LGBT market in order to provide a bespoke service, using their outgoing personalities and varying tastes as a basis for the company ethos.
Company Director Sophia told PinkNews: “Our focus has always been to cater for the LGBT community. We have many friends who are lesbian or gay, and over the years, we have seen the unnecessary challenges our friends have often been faced with when trying to organise events such as parties, weddings etc.
Sophia is the founder and company director of Gaysha
“Such challenges mainly centred around negative attitudes of suppliers and venues, which more often than not, would have a negative impact on the whole event planning process, which would have the knock on effect of turning a joyful and momentous occasion into an arduous and demoralising chore.”
Talking through ideas of potential pre-wedding events, it is clear that Claire and Sophia have very different, but complementary ideas, and both are full of energy and passion for events planning.
With backgrounds in the fashion, beauty and travel industries, they are well travelled and are brimming with original ideas for pre-wedding events.
One pre-wedding event they are currently planning for 22 women (the details of which must remain top-secret until after the event takes place), they describe as “classy, interesting and fun”.
After some convincing, Sophia tells us that the pre-wedding event will take place in an 18-bedroom country house in Bath, featuring a 1940s-themed dinner cooked by a private chef.
Activities will include ‘naughty cake baking’, prizes for the best vintage outfit, breakfast with a twist (Gaysha would not divulge what the twist is…), and a trip to a thermal spa.
Packages provided by Gaysha incorporate fabulous venues elegantly styled, provision of welcome drinks, canapés, exciting and unique entertainment, selective musical entertainment, a cake and individual gift bags for all guests.
Claire is a founding member of Gaysha
They aim to take all of the stress out of arranging pre-wedding events, while allowing clients to have full control over what goes on during the planning process.
The pair will appear on Radio Reverb in late February, in the lead-up to same-sex marriage coming into play in March.
They invite anyone to go down to the Gay Wedding Show in London on 16 March to chat and find out what Gaysha is all about.
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