How to be Inclusive to the LGBTQ + Community in Your Wedding Business
Welcoming the LGBTQ+ community is more than just slapping gender-neutral language on your website and contracts. To truly include LGBTQ+ folks in your wedding business, you need an understanding of what the community has experienced, its history, and how that affects our experiences when it comes to getting married.
We’re going to focus on the mindset shift you need to make in order to openly embrace LGBTQ+ folks and let us know that you understand (or are willing to learn about) our struggles and how our love is both unique and just like everyone else’s. We’ll also cover some of the basic, practical changes you can make in your brand representation, documents, and processes to ensure that LGBTQ+ couples don’t feel “othered” in your presence.
Cindy Savage is a queer wedding planner and owner of Aisle Less Traveled, where she helps independent, feminist, and LGBTQ+ people plan meaningful weddings while keeping their sanity and their budget intact.
In addition to the usual array of wedding planning offerings, she’s developed a budget-friendly wedding planning subscription, Choose Your Own Wedding, to assist couples in creating a wedding that truly reflects them - and is backed up by a solid logistics plan! It is her hope that this will alleviate stress for couples who can’t afford professional, one-on-one planning and make the day easier and smoother for their team of vendors.
Cindy is also the co-host of the upcoming Super Gay Wedding! podcast and an assistant editor at Catalyst Wed Co.
She is currently based in St. Louis, Missouri and travels to for weddings throughout the country.