Donnie Brown is considered one of the leading wedding and event planners in the industry today. Having been in the industry for more than three decades, he has helped to transform the landscape of how we see weddings and is sought after for his expertise and trend-setting ideas.
He starred in "Whose Wedding is it Anyway" on the Style Network for eleven seasons and is noted for being the first event planner on television in a wedding series. He also starred in "Married Away" on the same network for three seasons and has been spotted on a host of other television programs as well. These include Platinum Weddings on WETV, specials on Style Network, NBC, and ABC. He is a regular guest on Good Morning Texas on the north Texas ABC affiliate.
He has been profiled and quoted in every fashion and wedding magazine you can find on the newsstand. He is the author of "Donnie Brown Weddings: from the couture to the cake" and has other books in the works at this time. When not planning weddings and other events, he travels the world speaking to both fans as well as industry groups. He is a member of The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and serves on the advisory board of Wedding Planner Magazine. He was born in Lubbock Texas and attended Monterey High School and Texas Tech University prior to advancing onto the national scene.
"Acceptance and Love would be the theme. It would be monochromatic and dramatic."
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Donnie will be contributing a series of articles about what she is looking forward to in the year to come, and advice on how to enjoy your health, food, and entertainment even more!
With such a historic ruling coming into play, how would you like to comment on 2015 as a wedding professional?
As a gay male. I have spent my whole life feeling like I was considered a second=class citizen. I have done everything they told me to. I have worked hard and made many accomplishments in my life. But until now, I was not allowed a basic human right- To get married. This is the most significant human rights accomplishment of my adult life and I am proud and excited to be an American today!
We saw lots of exciting themes in 2015. What do you foresee for 2016?
Certainly many gay couples will utilize the rainbow flag colors for their weddings in celebration of this landmark ruling. But I think that most gay people will now step beyond and create a more mainstream, albeit extremely stylish affair for themselves.
Have you noticed any "New Traditions" being honored with LGBT Couples you have worked with?
Two entrances is a wonderful way for gay couples to marry. They are walking in at the same time at the same pace and coming together as one. It is a wonderful notion in gay weddings. Additionally I would place parents and family on the altar on each side of the couple much like the Jewish tradition. It shows unity, respect and approval. Hopefully as time goes on more gay couples will have their families approval in such an important time of their lives.
Here is what we have all been wondering... What will 2016 look like? In the wedding industry we see trends each year, usually driven aesthetically by industry trend setters, media, and the arts. The LGBT Community is known for having its own culture and trends. What trends do you see in the industry and do you see a thematic trend for 2016 for the community specifically?
I think gay people will begin the process of redirecting the thinking of all weddings. Much like gay people who move into older and neglected areas of town and improving it for the masses to follow along, so will be weddings. AS this ruling becomes more of a mindset, rather than an accomplishment, gay couples will begin the process of making weddings unique and interesting in a way they never considered in the past. Thinking outside the box will be the notion of the day in weddings for 2016 and beyond!
Many couples have been frustrated with vendor selection and poor treatment, what do you recommend couples do that are not using a professional planner?
I think that organizations like LGBTWeddings.com can certainly pioneer this area with certifications or just honorariums for vendors and venues who want gay business. An insignia or other printable item that denotes gay friendly will be helpful to the couples that are seeking accepting vendors for their event.
What key planning advice would you offer to a couple to assist them with their planning?
Hire a planner. A wedding planner can save you most of their fee in better vendor selections and contract negotiations. They can help in so many ways and mostly remove a large part of your wedding planning stress.
If you could plan a dream wedding for a couple, what would the day look like?
Acceptance and Love would be the theme. It would be monochromatic and dramatic. It would encompass nature and light. It would bring the personalities of the couple into the event to make it perfect for them.