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Tiffany Scales (photo by Alex Rosa, makeup by Vanesa Contours)

“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

Discovery Green
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

Tiffany scales
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

Harmony strings
Finalist: Divisi Strings

Best Wedding / Event Photographer

Sebastien gutiérrez
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

J&D Productions
Finalists: Jay Clarke Films, Kirk Surber Photography


TO TRAVEL & VACATIONS

Best airline

Southwest Airlines
Finalists: JSX, Spirit, United Airlines

Best LGBTQ Cruise or Tour Company

Aquafest cruises
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

Puerto Vallarta
Finalists: Las Vegas, New Orleans

Best LGBTQ Travel Destination

Puerto Vallarta
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.

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