The ultimate guide to being authentically LGBTQ+ inclusive in the wedding and event industry
Welcome! I'm Kirsten Palladino, a world-renowned LGBTQ+ inclusivity educator, and cofounder of Equally Wed, the industry's leading LGBTQ+ wedding resource.
I teach wedding and event professionals how to be authentically LGBTQ+ inclusive with actionable steps for understanding how to best serve the LGBTQ+ community, build an LGBTQ+ client base, network with LGBTQ+ inclusive creatives, and refine your internal and external communication with LGBTQ+ inclusive language.
“I was in the running to land a client for some ongoing copywriting work. I was up against four other StoryBrand agencies. The client picked me and explicitly said it was because she saw my Equally Wed Pro LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification badge on my website. She said that it helped her know my values, what I stand for, and that I wouldn't bring the drama. This client is set to pay me $1,835 per month with an option to grow. Thank you for creating a program that allowed me to showcase what I believe and differentiate myself in the market.”
Owner, Flourish Marketing
1 // The ABCs of LGBTQ+
2 // Marriage equality around the globe (+ why it matters to your business)
3 // Elements of LGBTQ+ weddings + proposals
4 // Best practices with LGBTQ+ clients
5 // Gender-neutral word choices
6 // How to be inclusive without feeling fake
7 // Attracting LGBTQ+ clients
8 // Building your business with LGBTQ+ clients
9 // How to talk about pronouns, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression with ease
1 // Two hours of educational videos broken into digestible segments that you can watch at your own pace
2 // An online multiple-choice exam
3 // A 25-page study guide with glossary
4 // VIP customer service
You're in the business of love, and it's time everyone knows that you authentically celebrate all couples. Let Equally Wed Pro teach you how.
Graduates of our program receive Equally Wed’s seal of recognition as a certified Equally Wed Pro ready to serve the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ couples prefer to hire professionals who've taken the time to understand how to serve them. Once you learn the nuances of the LGBTQ+ community, you'll be able to take your business to new heights.
There are no real barriers to enter our industry. While this allows people from all different walks of life to become a wedding and event professional, it opens our industry up to potential misunderstandings, accusations of discrimination and even lawsuits. LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification by Equally Wed Pro is the differentiating component for our industry. EWP LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification demonstrates to your clients that you have made a lifetime commitment to understand and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community as well as demonstrate your commitment to equality and inclusivity.ENROLL NOW
Equally Wed Pro boasts the gold standard in educating wedding and event industry professionals in LGBTQ+ inclusive service. Our knowledge comes from 10 years of in-depth research and involvement in the field of LGBTQ+ weddings around the globe across all segments of society from education to race to religions to socioeconomic status to zip code. No other certification program offers the breadth of knowledge, international expertise and insight that Equally Wed does.
We’re not about shaming and blaming. We are all at different stages of our lives and our learning but we’re here for one common goal: to make the wedding industry more inclusive. And that starts with us. But you’re not here to get scolded on what you’re currently doing or not doing, just what you can do better in the future. And that’s why we’re here for you, to work together.
Everyone is welcome here.
LGBTQ+ people from around the world agree: We enjoy working with professionals who show us respect, acceptance and empathy. You probably think you're doing enough but we promise you. There's much more to being an equality enthusiast than just being open to working with us. Let Kirsten and Maria Palladino and Equally Wed Pro teach you everything you need to know to make your wedding business more LGBTQ+ inclusive.
Earn your LGBTQ+ inclusive certification from Equally Wed Pro with our online course. Study at your own pace and graduate with an honorable recognition from the No. 1 LGBTQ+ wedding company.