Since 2004 Bernadette Coveney Smith has produced hundreds of gay weddings. She is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute and also the
expert advice blogger on gay weddings for The Knot’s site, Gay.Weddings.com and a
blogger for the Huffington Post weddings.
Bernadette has some great advice for the wedding professionals working with same-sex couples:
Identify some other LGBT-friendly wedding professionals in your area so you have a tailored referral list for your LGBT clients. Your current referral list may not be entirely LGBT-friendly.
Don’t assume…you may notice some differences as you work with LGBT couples and don’t make assumptions about basic things like parental support, whether or not there’s a wedding party, what the couple will wear to the wedding and so on. Ask open ended questions so your client doesn’t feel defensive if you ask a close ended one. For example, “What are you going to wear?” is open ended and “Have you bought your dresses yet?” is close ended.
Do treat your LGBT clients with basic respect. That’s all they want – to be treated with the same care, respect and outstanding customer service that your straight clients receive, no more and no less.
For more insightful knowledge from Bernadette follow her blog at GayWeddingInstitute.com