Bernadette Coveney Smith
14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute, New York, NY
Bernadette Coveney Smith is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute, and author of the books Gay Wedding Confidential, The Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning and the upcoming book The Business of Gay Weddings. Bernadette is also the expert advice blogger on gay weddings for The Knot and a blogger for the Huffington Post.
In 2004, Bernadette envisioned a wedding planning company for engaged same-sex couples looking to navigate the traditional wedding industry. Since then, she has planned events for LGBT clients in top venues and has a unique insider perspective on reaching this market. In 2013, 14 Stories was hand-selected by the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques, Puerto Rico to partner on an exclusive wedding planning package for same-sex couples. She and her team have produced hundreds of gay and lesbian weddings with couples from 33 U.S. states and around the world.
Bernadette and 14 Stories are pioneers in the emerging gay wedding industry. They were the first U.S. company to specialize in planning legal gay weddings. They built the country’s first gay wedding planning app for iPhone and Android. They developed the first gay wedding curriculum for wedding professionals and launched the world’s first gay wedding certificate program and gay wedding glossary. Bernadette is also a partner in Fourteen, a ready to wear clothing line of suits, tuxedos and accessories specially tailored for lesbian, queer and trans weddings.
Bernadette’s expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, National Public Radio, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Travel and Leisure and National Public Radio among others.