How to Make Your Wedding More Inclusive
When it comes to hosting a wedding, there are a lot of traditions involved. However, more and more couples are finding that they don’t necessarily agree with all of these traditions. Namely, some rules and expectations set for guests according to their sex or gender. To help you host an event that is welcoming to everyone, here are just a few ways that you can make your wedding more inclusive.
Have a Mixed-Gendered Wedding Party
In recent years, titles like ‘Man of Honor’ and ‘Groomswoman’ have become more popular. The bottom line is that anyone with whom you are close should be allowed into the wedding party, regardless of their gender. Similarly, invite anyone and everyone you want to your pre-wedding functions. For example, your bachelor or bachelorette party doesn’t have to be only for people of the same sex.
Book with LQBTQ+ Vendors
You have a lot of choices when it comes to booking your wedding vendors. But, if you want to host an inclusive event, we encourage you to seek out those who are LGBTQ+ friendly. You can rest assured that these vendors will treat all of your guests equally.
Use Inclusive Language
One easy way to ensure all your guests are comfortable is to use inclusive language. This idea can be applied in a variety of ways. For example, the words that your officiant or DJ uses when referring to guests, or the titles used on your invitations, seating chart, or place cards. Opt to use your guest’s full name, instead of Ms. or Mr., then you won’t have to worry about misgendering anyone.
“Pass” on a Dress Code
It’s typical to include a dress code along with your official wedding invitations, usually by stating that women should wear gowns and men, suits. But, if you want to be inclusive, consider skipping this step. Or, encourage inclusivity by replacing the traditional verbiage with something more modern. Perhaps along the lines of, “Please wear formal attire in which you feel most comfortable.”
Invite Everyone to the Bouquet & Garter Toss
Another gender-specific tradition at weddings is the bouquet and garter toss! While this is fun, who’s to say that men wouldn’t love to catch a beautiful bouquet of flowers? You can still host these activities, but consider opening up the floor to everyone. It’s as simple as getting your DJ or the MC on board.