Today we have something special for wedding suppliers!! If you’d like to learn how to make your business inclusive and welcoming for LGBTQ+ clients and get some beautiful images for your portfolio Love For All is the workshop for you! It’s organised by Steph of Stephanie Dreams Photography & Tania of Hire Societes and you can read all about it here!
After working together on an LGTBQ+ styled shoot early this year, we met and started talking more and more about the lack of representation for LGBTQ+ people and what we could do to help.
Fast forward one lockdown later and lots of planning, “Love For All” started. A specific LGBTQ+ Wedding workshop, focussing on both educational seminars and styled shoot section. Allowing participants to both learn and be more knowledgeable and the LGBTQ+ community and capture stunning content for portfolios too.
Although the whole day is focussed for photographers & videographers, the seminars are also great for every supplier within the industry. Learning about language, imagery shared, social media sharing and website forms and contracts.
Hello! Today I have something for wedding suppliers. And really all the businesses out there.
Spring is the time when we all work on our businesses, update websites, prepare new offers for clients. I thought it would be a perfect moment to share some tips on how to make your wedding business more inclusive. Hope this helps!
IMAGES FROM THE STARS INSIDE
As times change, so do our couples, and all of us business owners in the wedding industry have the duty, and joy, of ensuring everyone feels welcome, represented, and understood. Every photo, video, caption, or snippet we share on our online platforms tells the story of our brand – and the customers we hope to reach through it. Being an awesome LGBT-allied vendor is more than just a badge or a token photo – it’s about making your business truly aware of everyone, and thinking of it as more people to welcome, rather than a larger market to tap.
Here are some guidelines on how to take an open-minded and conscientious approach to business inclusivity:
Brand name and logo.
If your brand name or logo includes a reference to heterosexual partnership, it may be time to think of modernising it to something more inclusive. For example, if you use ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’, or perhaps have a silhouette of a bride and groom, this may cause you to unknowingly exclude some of your audience.
When choosing pronouns and descriptors for any blog posts or social media captions, try to use welcoming and accepting language – by using terms like ‘the couple’, ‘the wedding party’ or ‘your partner’, you can subtly ensure all your readers feel addressed equally. There may be two, one, or no ‘brides’ – and similarly for ‘grooms’. Think about whether you need to modify your website’s contact form or your contract documents to use gender neutral language as well. Don’t forget to include in your posts the keyword phrases these couples might be searching for, like ‘gay friendly wedding vendors in London’, and to use relevant hashtags on Facebook and Instagram (if sharing a real wedding, consider asking your couple which tag they’re comfortable with).
We did it!!
Not sure really if anyone will read this post but we are totally excited to be starting this blog. We truly believe that there’s room and need for a place like that – full of same sex weddings that are cool and modern and alternative. We aim to stay away from pink colour and unicorns, although we challenge you – show us a really good pink & unicorns wedding and we will publish it proudly!
Wedding industry here in UK is really exciting at the moment with lots of amazing suppliers pushing boundaries and helping couples make their weddings special and their own. It really doesn’t have to be a white dress and cake cutting if someone doesn’t want to do it, karaoke party and a jumpsuit can be as festive and gorgeous way to celebrate a marriage.
And this is what we want to show here – fantastic suppliers who are creative and open and LGBTQ weddings that can inspire more people to doing it their way and making the most of their wedding day.
So read, look, get inspired and if you were a part of an amazing same sex wedding – share it with us!
With lots of love,