Discover how to incorporate LGBTQ+ themes and symbols into your wedding in a way that celebrates diversity and reflects your identity.
Ready to reinvent wedding traditions and celebrate your PRIDE? Then let’s make a start!
No matter your wedding theme, you can incorporate additional LGBTQ+ touches into the big day in a number of ways.
Everyone knows that rainbows are the symbol of ‘Pride’, but that said not everyone wants to have quite such a colourful theme for their wedding. You can still introduce rainbows into aspects of your design (as boldly or as subtly as you like) and other symbols such as biangles and double moons (representing bisexuality), double Venus female symbols and double Mars male symbols (representing lesbian women and gay men), plus many more.
Your use of symbols doesn’t necessarily have to correspond to who you are, you can represent the entire LGBTQ+ community and more by displaying a range of gender and sexuality symbols to represent a fully inclusive event.
You can make your own rules when it comes to wedding attire. The traditional ivory wedding dress can be reinvented in so many different ways – here’s your chance to demonstrate your personalities as individuals!
White dresses and tailored suits – you can either stick with these iconic wedding trends or mix things up as you please. Your main priority should not be what people expect you to wear but what you want to wear. You need to feel comfortable in your own skin, on this day more than any other, so that as you take your first look at your husband or bride-to-be you are doing so as yourself: the person they fell in love with and want to spend the rest of their lives with!
You may also encourage those involved in the wedding to put forward their outfit of choice (providing it fits in with your theme), encouraging uniqueness and individuality in every aspect!
Language plays such an important role in a wedding, so it’s vital to make sure that everyone adopts the language you identify with.
Be sure to make your pronouns clear right from the start on any communications sent out, such as save the dates and wedding invitations, while also using these to introduce yourselves to all vendors, suppliers, your celebrant, plus any entertainers and staff who will have any involvement in the big day.
You may wish to use terms like ‘broom’ or ‘gride’ (an amalgamation of bride and groom), gender variant/neutral/nonconforming or cisgender/intergender, for example, as well as pronouns ‘them/they’ if you don’t identify as ‘he/she’.
If planning a gender-neutral bachelor or bachelorette party, you may wish to call this a ‘Bach Party’. Remember, however, that anyone can be a bride – gender makes absolutely no difference.
It is your right to be addressed with the terminology that you choose so if you state your preferences clearly then there is no need for any confusion.
If they’ve been chosen by you, then your wedding party and guests will be your most cherished people on this planet, so you’ll have no nerves when it comes to them embracing your love. However, to ensure that you create an inclusive atmosphere, you may want to make some adjustments of your own to ensure your guests are happy and at ease.
Some nice touches that will get everyone involved and celebrating their identity is by letting off colourful wedding smoke to represent variations in human beings, including sexuality. You could invite guests to choose a flare, each making up the main six colours of the rainbow flag, to both show identity and show their support to the LGBTQ+ community. If you don’t want to make it all about sexual orientation, then you could just ask people to choose their favourite colour combinations and rejoice in the explosion of colour and the joy that erupts from the activity.
Take PRIDE in who you are and create a wedding that represents you – we would be proud to be part of celebrating who you are here at Warwick House.