“I have always been a person of service.
Variations on this theme keep coming up when you talk to Tiffany Scales. Whatever she does, she does it to help someone.
Take Mærry Us Tiffany, which is her business that helps couples get married. She saw a need approaching, and she began to prepare.
Years before marriage equality became the law of the land, Scales participated in marches to town hall in the company of local clergy who defended same-sex marriage. In 2014, she felt that marriage equality was within reach, so she set out to become an ordained minister. She celebrated her first marriage in November 2015 to two of her lesbian friends. From there it was rumored that she was available for the duties of wedding officiant. She has married cis, trans, and non-binary couples in places that are both traditional (like chapels) and creative (like outside West Gray Barnes & Noble.
Scales is also a poet and one of his poems begins with the line “Love is the religion that I practice”. She sees her service as a wedding officiant as a way to practice this belief. Its services are available to couples of any religious origin or without religious origin. “I understand that there is such a thing as ‘the wounded church’, and people have different [life experiences], “she said.” That doesn’t change [our desire] to unite people who choose to love and have peace.
Beyond just conducting marriage rites and signing marriage licenses, Scales also offers counseling for couples. She wants people who choose love to stay in love, which is why one of the services she offers through Mærry Us Tiffany is dating a couple. The goal is to make sure couples know how to communicate and manage their emotions so that they can avoid serious conflicts that lead to breakups.
In addition to being voted Best Wedding Celebrant, Scales was also voted Favorite Female (Community) Radio Personality. His radio show, Long live the Arts (on The New Amazing 102.5 FM), deals with art and music, and how they connect to a larger life. As a graduate of Texas Southern University, the show allows Scales to use her degree in entertainment management and the recording industry. In addition to her show, she serves as the liaison between the radio station and the queer community of Houston.
In addition to these two efforts, she also runs two nonprofits: The Arts Advocate (an organization that helps people solve personal problems like grief and develop social skills) and Toiletries for Families (which provides families in crisis the basic hygiene supplies necessary to preserve the dignity of the person).
“I’m a very busy woman,” Scales says with a laugh. “But it’s fun. Everything I do, I do with passion.
For more information, visit tiffanyscales.com.
Weddings & EVENTS
Best place to ask
Finalists: Avant Garden, Gerald D. Hines Water Wall
Best place to rent / buy formal wear
Men’s clothing house
Finalist: Al’s Formal Wear
Best wedding officiant
Finalists: Robert Hahn, Johnny Peden, Wendy Taylor
Best Wedding / Cake Bakery
David Alcorta Custom Catering & Bakery
Finalists: Cake Fine Pastry, Leona’s Bakeshop, Who Made The Cake!
Best Wedding / Event Catering Company
David Alcorta Catering & Personalized Bakery
Finalists: A Fare Extraordinaire, 210 Cuisine Fusion
Best Wedding / Event DJ
DJ of the dark side
Finalists: B&B Entertainment, Peyton Dolan, PB&DJ Productions
Best Wedding / Event Florist
Rexberry Luxury Events
Finalists: Scott Michael Designs, Alex Torres
Best String Quartets & Live Music Bands For Wedding / Event
Finalist: Divisi Strings
Best Wedding / Event Photographer
Finalists: David Troung, D. Jones Photography, Photographers For Her and For Her
Best wedding / event planner
Rexberry Luxury Events
Finalists: A Day to Remember, Lauren Burnham, Wedding Bliss Events
Best wedding venue / event
The Bayou Place Ballroom
Finalists: Avant Garden, Bell Tower on 34th, Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel, The Parador
Best Wedding / Event Videographer
Finalists: Jay Clarke Films, Kirk Surber Photography
TO TRAVEL & VACATIONS
Finalists: JSX, Spirit, United Airlines
Best LGBTQ Cruise or Tour Company
Finalists: Concierge Travel, Olivia Cruises, Vacaya
Best Local LGBTQ Travel Agency
Travel concierge (to attach), Cruise planners (Peter & John) (to attach)
Best LGBTQ Honeymoon Destination
Finalists: Las Vegas, New Orleans
Best LGBTQ Travel Destination
Finalists: Costa Rica, Palm Springs, Provincetown
Best local hotel
Le Méridien Center-Ville
Finalists: Hotel ZaZa, Hyatt Regency, Sam Houston Hotel
For a full list of winners, go here.
This article appears in the October 2021 issue of OutSmart magazine.