JOIN THE COMMUNITY
This space is meant to be a carefully curated (and growing) collection of like-minded Philadelphia area wedding vendors that celebrate all kinds of love — featuring marriers of all races, gender identities, sexualities, cultures, religions, bodies, and abilities. The focus is to gather wedding vendors who care about equality, are socially conscious, and want to work with brands who share their values.
Clients should be able to feel confident, and more importantly, safer, when working with any vendor from the upcoming list. I’ll be personally reviewing each company and wedding professional to confirm their commitment to collaborating with marginalized communities and working to create inclusive cultures. However, there is always work to be done, especially within myself as a white woman.
This is not an advertising space, it’s meant to reduce the amount of emotional labor my clients have to engage in when they’re planning a wedding. It does not cost money to be listed, but it does cost time. Unlearning systemic racism and the colonized conception of gender is an everyday action. This is not about checking off some box, rather about supporting clients because we want to foster diversity and dismantle oppression within our organizations.
I encourage fellow vendors to also become LGBTQ+ inclusive certified by Equally Wed Pro (full disclosure: I receive a 15% commission as part of their affiliate program if you purchase via that link), which explores how to make your wedding business more authentically inclusive. In an effort to put education to the forefront, vendors should also consider receiving anti-racism or diversity in business training from educator Nova Reid.
As a cishet, white woman and small business owner, I’m an equality enthusiast who is committed to making my business a more inclusive space for everyone by:
- Remaining firm on my brand values
- Confidently using inclusive language
- Having the tools (like the ones listed above) to grow my wedding business inclusively
- Amplifying vendors who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and marginalized
- Providing services for clients without tokenizing them
- Collaborating with like-minded vendors to better the wedding community
Apply to join the wedding vendor community: