I believe that it is crucial for all suppliers within the wedding industry to not only be LGBTQ+ friendly but to actively seek to represent and support the LGBTQ+ community.

Wedding photography is a unique and intimate art form that allows couples to capture some of the most special moments of their lives. Every couple, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to have these memories captured and preserved for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, many couples in the LGBTQ+ community have faced discrimination and exclusion in the wedding industry. From being denied service by vendors to facing insensitive or even homophobic remarks from suppliers, it is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all couples.

As wedding suppliers, we have a responsibility to create an environment that is safe, supportive, and inclusive for all couples.

One of the most important ways we can do this is by providing representation for LGBTQ+ couples in our marketing materials and portfolios. This not only shows our support for the community, but it also helps to create a sense of inclusivity and welcoming for LGBTQ+ couples.

By providing representation, we are showing LGBTQ+ couples that we see them, we support them, and we want to help them celebrate their love in the best way possible.

However, representation is just the first step. We must also ensure that we are creating a safe and welcoming environment for all couples by being actively inclusive in our language, behavior, and attitudes.

For example, rather than assuming that all couples are heterosexual, we can use gender-neutral language in our communications and marketing materials. This small change can go a long way in creating an environment that is welcoming to all couples, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Additionally, we can educate ourselves and our staff on the unique needs and challenges that LGBTQ+ couples may face when planning their weddings. This may include learning about different wedding traditions and customs that are important to LGBTQ+ couples, as well as understanding the legal and logistical considerations that may arise when planning a same-sex wedding.

By taking the time to educate ourselves and be proactive in our support for the LGBTQ+ community, we can ensure that we are providing the best possible service to all of our clients.

Finally, it is important to recognise that being LGBTQ+ friendly is not just a marketing tactic, but a genuine commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. This means that we must be willing to listen to and learn from the LGBTQ+ community, and to actively advocate for their rights and inclusion within the wedding industry and beyond.