We are wholeheartedly grateful to LGBTQ Equality Weddings for helping us to better communicate our commitment to equality. The wedding industry considers and refers to heterosexual couples first and foremost, by default, and that needs to change. While we pride ourselves on being an inclusive business, we understand that we live in a hostile world, that no matter what we all have unconscious biases, that sometimes our language is clumsy, non-inclusive and doesn’t always convey an equality and diversity message despite the best of intentions. That is where LGBTQ Equality Weddings comes in - they have helped us in a way that was never critical and always constructive. Instead of telling us not to use certain words and phrases, they have guided us with alternatives. As a directory, they genuinely care about the couples who use their resources and passionate about teaming couples with the best of suppliers to take that very real, added layer of stress out of wedding planning. We are very proud to be part of this family. It really is one big love-in, where love is paramount and every couple is special and we love being part of it. #LoveisLoveForLife!
LGBTQ Equality Weddings have proved to be invaluable in supporting my celebrancy business to have inclusivity at its heart. Whilst I have always aimed to be as inclusive as possible I was aware that my business had blind spots and being well intentioned wasn’t enough. LGBTQ Equality Weddings gave me the confidence to be able to stand by my beliefs and state publicly that I was committed to equality.The support and attention to detail provided by LGBTQ Equality Weddings was bespoke, clearly articulated and crucially trustworthy. I had questions about expanding my services to include naming ceremonies for the trans community and the advice went above and beyond my expectations. It has been a pleasure to work with an organisation that was not only knowledgeable but one that cares so deeply about its work. I am grateful for all the support I have received so far and recommend LGBTQ Equality Weddings unreservedly.
As a Brighton based wedding photographer, we often work with members of the LGBTQ+ community and it’s a huge concern of ours to be both inclusive and clear in our message. We had Ava perform an inclusivity language report on our site and it was truly brilliant - not only did she highlight issues with our text , but she drew our attention to assumptions made in our message about the nature of weddings. Not only this, she also went above and beyond, flagging up lots of other points and typographical errors that have really helped to strengthen our branding and ensure a more welcoming journey for our couples. I’d thoroughly recommend it to any business.
I can’t even begin to say how impressed with and appreciative of your ‘Extra Review Hour’ support for my page on Naming Ceremonies, Ava! After having already had my website and documents go through your very thorough (and spot on) Inclusivity Language Review, I thought really carefully about the language on my new Naming Ceremonies page for it to be added in your ‘Not Just Weddings’ section. I will totally own up to feeling a twinge of fragile defensiveness when you suggested that it could benefit from an extra hour of language review... but it really was worth every single penny! Small tweaks can make such a difference. You always go beyond expectations in terms of the depth and inclusivity of your language reviews: you don’t just focus on LGBTQ issues - but on equality in a general sense. For example, it made me think a lot more about how I may have inadvertently implied hierarchies of different types of parents through my division of sentences rather than by the actual words I had used. I never ever get the sense that you’ve rushed through the reviews. I can’t thank you enough for being there. You show such dignity and patience when challenging people online about homophobia and transphobia - I’ve learnt so much from following you on Instagram. Anyone who thinks that ‘LGBTQ Equality Weddings’ is just about getting a badge is missing out on some important learning opportunities and will inevitably be using language in their online presence that could easily offend some LGBTQ couples, families or individuals. Thanks for being such a patient, non-judgmental resource and force of nature!
I just wanted to thank you for sending me the Inclusivity Language Review Report of my website. It has been reassuring to have had a second opinion from the experts and to know that my business is fully inclusive! In my experience, it’s pretty rare for an organisation to take such responsibility and to really ensure that the suppliers they recommend share the same ethos so that, in turn, their customers can feel reassured. I’m really proud to wear the LGBTQ Equality Weddings badge and be a Founding Member. I can’t wait to see it go from strength to strength. Thank you!
Before I had my Inclusivity Language Review, I had tried my best to make my website and paperwork inclusive but I knew there was room for improvement. I welcomed the opportunity to access an informed professional opinion, and found the guidance in my Inclusivity Language Review Report - ILRR, extremely helpful. By implementing small and subtle changes to the wording on my website and paperwork, I now feel confident that all prospective customers will feel comfortable to approach me and engage my services, safe in the knowledge that they will not encounter prejudice.Ava and her colleagues at LGBTQ Equality Weddings have been a pleasure to work with throughout the process, and I thoroughly recommend other wedding suppliers to sign up for the Inclusivity Language Review - you will not be disappointed.
It’s wonderful to be a part of the LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings community. I’m so glad it exists and, although things are slowly getting better, I still see all sorts of ways that the wedding industry needs to keep pushing to represent and include all types of couples. I’d been trying to make my business inclusive all on my own but it’s easy to slip up. Now I have the support and information I need to take that to the next level. I feel like I’m part of a movement - I have a whole community of like-minded businesses to collaborate with and experts on-hand to ask for help with diversity issues should I need it. To anyone trying to decide whether to sign up or not I’d say ‘go for it’. Just because you’re doing things pretty well on your own doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning and improving - and making the financial and time investment of joining up is a way of communicating to potential clients that you’re proactive on the issue of inclusion. The Inclusivity Language Review is fantastic. It’s hugely encouraging and positive; it recognises all that you’re already doing and then gives extra insights into ways you could do better. The advice is really specific, thorough and constructive. It’s clear that Ava and the team went through every page of my website, and all the marketing materials I sent them, with a fine-toothed comb. I think it speaks volumes about the style and approach of the report that I didn’t feel defensive in the slightest when I was reading it. You feel like you’re part of the team; they’ve got your back and they’re just trying to make sure you don’t inadvertently lose a potential client (because, for example, they had to scroll right to the bottom of the screen to see something that should have been more visible or something like that). I also loved the fact that the report went beyond its headline subject matter just to let me know about loading issues, typos, screen layout etc. I built my website myself - with no experience - so these kind of tips were massively appreciated. The Review also gives a clear beginner’s guide to some of the basic vocabulary, guidelines and pitfalls you need to know about if you want to get diversity right. I’m thinking of signing up my dad as a Christmas present. He’s nothing to do with the wedding industry but I think it would help him in daily life...
Thank you so much for all of the time you have spent reviewing our website and completing such a thorough, professional and personalised report just for The Stationery Garden. I enjoyed reading the report and I’m absolutely delighted that we are already well on our way to inclusivity! I’ve no doubt that every aspect in the report will be of great value not only to The Stationery Garden and its clients, but to the wedding industry as a whole...and beyond! It’s clear to see the hard work that has gone into communicating a wealth of information in such a clear and concise manner so that it is easily useable for all. I have learnt a lot from the report and working with you directly, which is always a pleasure. You have personally given me a lot more confidence in how to not only be more inclusive in business, but also in life! It is easy to say that you support equality for all, LGBTQ+ friendly etc., but having the tools and resources available to put that into practice so that couples need not ask is invaluable. I highly recommend a membership with LGBTQ equality weddings for this reason primarily however I also appreciate the additional exposure and marketing opportunities available. I fully support the recommendations you have suggested and I’m particularly keen to widen our gender neutral and non-traditional role offering in the online shop. Our collaboration was such an enjoyable start to this, I’m already looking forward to the next! We will update our member badge and would also love to display the Core Values on our website too. Thank you also for looking at the website as a whole and picking up misc. errors - appreciate this is outside your scope but SO much appreciated!
Proud, pleased and very excited to be a founding member and listed celebrant with LGBTQ Equality Weddings - a fabulous wedding planning resource for ALL couples who are considering the huge array of options available for their wedding celebrations!I, alongside every single one of the suppliers included, is genuinely committed to offering ALL couples just what’s right for them on their wedding day - and the most important part of that, is signing up to being absolutely inclusive - offering EVERYONE who wants one, the wedding of their dreams! NO couple should ever have to check or ask ‘are you ok with us?’ on the basis of gender and/or orientation.All listed suppliers’ marketing materials and websites are thoroughly checked and audited to ensure inclusive language. LGBTQ Equality Weddings strongly promotes the message that equality and acceptance are essential, and that love is love, no matter WHO. I’m delighted to support this ethos and to be a part of the LGBTQ Equality Weddings family.
The review was wonderful, thank you. I implemented your feedback this week. It was so useful. I would be devastated to think I was putting people off working with me, so it’s great to have someone point out why the little cliches you can fall back on without thinking, like ‘hey guys’, could be exclusionary and why. It’s not something I would have picked up on without help and I’m so glad I know so I can make sure I’m as inclusive and welcoming as possible.
I am delighted to be a founding member of this wonderful website and community. I believe passionately in offering the perfect ceremony for every couple I work with and know from first-hand experience what it feels like to be anxious about being accepted. My goal is simply to make people feel accepted, comfortable and understood. I think that the core values of LGBTQ+ are something to pledge allegiance to and will continue to strive everyday to ‘get it right’ for everyone. I was delighted to have Ava and the team review my website and other materials, language is never static, and it is critical to keep up to date. My language report is a wonderful tool and I am proud that my hard work to ensure inclusivity has been recognised. I think this website is the most wonderful resource for everyone and wish everyone involved continued success.
I am going to share a lot of love for a website and directory that, well, shares a lot of love!I am proud to be a founding member of LGBTQ equality weddings. I came across their website on Instagram a few months ago, and supported them right away? Why? Because they are a wedding directory set up to educate and promote businesses in the wedding industry who share their core values of supporting equality for all. They are a one stop shop for all couples and their wedding needs, no matter who they love.I am incredibly proud to be a part of a wedding directory that goes above and beyond in not just featuring inclusive suppliers and small businesses, but in helping to educate them too. I’ve just received my language report, tailored to me, to ensure all of my worded material is inclusive. It’s not a tick-boxing exercise to please others. It’s about ensuring I am doing all that I can and educating myself to be as inclusive as possible to any prospective couple. It’s about making positive changes and providing the best customer experience I can no matter who chooses to get in touch.I am so proud to be part of a directory that is changing the wedding industry for the better and I urge you to join. LGBTQ equality weddings, thank you for supporting, educating, and sharing a community of suppliers with inclusive beliefs.
We’re proud to be founding members of LGBTQ Equality Weddings, and we’ve always tried to make sure that our service is as inclusive as possible. So we were thrilled to receive our language report. It’s detailed, thorough and very approachable. The recommendations were simple to understand and to action. As well as a review of our marketing pages and core service, the report covered our terms and conditions — which as a chunk of largely boilerplate legalese is very easy to overlook. It even helped us correct a little typo that had sat unnoticed for years!The brilliant thing about the approach taken by LGBTQ Equality Weddings is that it demonstrates a commitment to making sure the services listed in the directory genuinely walk the walk. And it allows us, as directory members, reassurance that we’re as welcoming as we hope to be.
I was excited to be the first reported on and very happy with my report’s content, thank you. First, it’s great to have the positive recognised and confirmed. Second, it’s hugely helpful, from a development point of view, to get fresh eyes on my work and lastly, the report was thorough, considered and entirely developmental and supportive. I’ve implemented the couple of suggestions and it’s prompted me to cast a fresh eye over other things I produce. I’m looking forward to a long and positive collaboration as a member of the LGBTQ equality weddings community.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for my Inclusivity Language Review Report. It was heart-warming to know that my little business is doing just fine and is fully inclusive; it means such a lot to me that that I have such an amazing company to support and advise me as in my opinion it’s all about education. I’m so proud to be a founding member of LGBTQ Equality Weddings. Thank you.
So proud and excited to be a founding member of LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings. Being a hair and make up artist, my clients so far, have predominantly identified as female and I was a bit worried as to how I would be able to make sure I was inclusive for all. Ava was able to find ways of phrasing things that would still make my website sound professional and informative as well as up to date and modern. The Inclusivity Language Review is amazing. It’s so reassuring and positive as it recognises all that you’re already doing and then gives helpful and constructive ways that you can phrase and do things better. I found it so informative and I learned a lot too! Thank you so much!