How To be an LGBTQ+ Friendly Wedding Vendor
Friday, March 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM
The History of the LGBTQ+ Community and the Wedding Industry
Led by Jasmine Beech Ferrara of Campaign for Southern Equality
How to Get Started Serving LGBTQ+ Couples & Why Representation Matters
Led by Alex Fisher of Lucky Penny Creative + Rad Business Co.
LGBTQ+ Terminology & Language 101
Led by Wynston Sanders of Campaign for Southern Equality
Letting Go of Stereotypes in Our Processes
How to be an LGBTQ+ Ally in All Aspects of Life
Led by Kathryn Ray of Evergreen Era films
This workshop is for you if . . .
You are already serving LGBTQ+ couples but want to learn how to serve them even better
You wan’t to start serving LGBTQ+ couples but don’t know where to start
You want to connect with other supportive vendors in the area
You want to deepen your knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community and experience
Why we created This workshop
As a queer-identified business owner, it has always been my deepest desire to see more diversity, equity and inclusion in all facets of life — but particularly within the wedding industry. For decades, this industry has been dominated by cisgender, white, heteronormativity. And, because of our location here in the ‘Bible Belt', it is all-too-common to encounter instances of sometimes-flat out, sometimes-discreet bigotry and general lack of awareness around best practices for serving the LGBTQ+ community in particular.
I’d like to help change that.
I’ve seen time and again, that education equals empowerment. And when business owners in the wedding industry feel equipped and empowered, their client outcomes are much more positive. And we all know what happy clients do for our bottom line as business owners. Not only that, it feels so dang good to know you’re serving all your customers and clients with respect, compassion and love!
Sharing the information found in this workshop with as many humans as possible, while also highlighting and financially supporting the work of LGBTQ-led organizations and businesses in the Southeast is one of my greatest honors and we are so excited to meet you, learn alongside you and witness even more love in this already-love-filled industry as we dive into this content together.
My first introduction to the LGBTQ+ Community was through my sister. Though I am not a member of the LGBTQ+ Community myself, having a close family member who is, has instilled in me a deep passion for being an ally and supporting equality in all aspects of life, including the wedding industry.
A little over 3 years ago the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. But unfortunately, in my experience I have seen that a lot of work still needs to be done in the wedding industry to be fully supportive of these couples. There are many deeply rooted stereotypes, terminology, and traditions that are unwelcoming to LGBTQ+ couples, even when people don’t mean them to be.
This is why education is key.
We want this workshop to be a place where people can come and learn with open hearts and open minds on how they can make their business more inclusive and welcoming.
Ticket price includes:
All Instruction + Presentations
Coffee + Breakfast
(generously provided by our friends at OWL Bakery)
(generously provided by our friends at Catering by Corey)
(beer, mimosas and wine available for purchase)
50% Donation to Campaign for Southern Equality
Locally Sourced Industry Goodies & Treats
50% of your ticket price is donated directly to:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
- Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy