What is Equally Wed Pro's LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course?
Taught by Equally Wed and Equally Wed Pro cofounder Kirsten Palladino, our LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course is the gold standard of training programs for heart-centered wedding professionals who want to grow their values-driven business with intentional inclusivity and knowledge-based affirmation of the entire LGBTQ+ community.
Whether you have some experience with LGBTQ+ weddings, are hoping to work with LGBTQ+ clients (and our allies) or even if you're in the community yourself, our step-by-step training gives you all the tools and support you need to understand and celebrate each segment of our often misunderstood and frequently mistreated population.
As a world-renowned expert in LGBTQ+ weddings and wedding equality, Equally Wed cofounder Kirsten Palladino has helped more than 500k wedding pros learn how to be authentically LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming. We'd be honored to help you, too. ❤️
Before we tell you more, let's make sure you're a good fit.
You are right for Equally Wed Pro's LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course if you want to improve your value and worth to your customers (and their guests) by offering an inclusive and affirming experience with your business, build a legacy of authenticity and integrity, and establish trust with the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course is right for you if you want to build a business that allows you to relax about getting it "right" with the queer community because you've invested in fact-based education from Kirsten Palladino, the wedding industry's leading LGBTQ+ inclusive educator, to teach you everything you need to know to make your business LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming in 2024 and beyond.
If you are...
✨ A wedding pro who wants to attract LGBTQ+ and allied clients who have LGBTQ+ loved ones
✨ A savvy business person who wants to build their wealth by being true to their values and you're looking for guidance on how to do so in an authentic way
✨ An equality enthusiast who knows there's so much they don't know about the LGBTQ+ community and is excited to learn new things and also unlearn some unhelpful things
✨ A love champion who's concerned by the overwhelming amount of discrimination happening in the wedding industry and wants to be a safe and welcoming person for the LGBTQ+ community
✨ An inclusive and friendly wedding or event professional who is ready to go from a generic "I welcome everybody" attitude to "I welcome everyone with the latest inclusive, accessible and affirming practices of all sexual orientations and gender identities so that there's never any doubt as to my capability of and enjoyment of serving the entire LGBTQ+ community"
You're in the right place!
The LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course will give you the tools, unparalleled knowledge, inspiration, confidence and support to build and grow your successful and trustworthy LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming wedding business.
Picture yourself with more...
You don't have to constantly worry about saying the wrong thing when you are educated and knowledgable about the full scope of LGBTQ+ weddings and broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community.
Book more couples and marriers of all identities and orientations by learning how to turn your inclusive values into an inclusive and affirming experience for your customers and their guests.
Finally face your fears of publicly standing up for a marginalized community that you care about (and watch your business soar as you attract like-minded professionals and clients who also value equality).
I am blown away by the attention to detail and relevance to today (even citing social media presence) that Equally Wed has infused into their LGBTQ+ certification course. It's a compilation of everything that I (as a queer nonbinary wedding vendor) have wanted everyone at the weddings I'm working to understand, and then some, and a diving into history and equality that I didn't even realize I didn't know. Kirsten breaks it down in a kind and non-intimidating way, but also holds tight to her values and anti-discrimination convictions. I'm taking away so much, and feeling ready and hopeful for the future of the wedding industry. This course is not only a resource, but a must for anyone who wants to serve their clients as an ally, safe person or member of the LGBTQ+ community.
—Jamie Carle, Jamie Carle Photography
I love how thorough this course is with lots of examples relevant to different vendor categories from venues to photographers, etc.
—Nina Larsen Reed, Larsen Photo Co.
Being open to LGBTQ+ couples is not enough. We as wedding vendors must also receive specific educations from resources like Equally Wed Pro and also our local organizations to understand the unique, local context. Then we can serve the couples and the community better.
—Wannida Kasiwong, Wonders & Weddings
I love the fact that this course exists!! Knowing that people are dedicating their time into creating important coursework like this for our industry, and that folks are taking the time to be involved in the conversations, feels like a warm hug.
—Sam Malandra-Myers, Emily Chelsea Jewelry
This course helped me to become a better ally by better understanding the definitions and various possibilities of perspectives.
—Ashley Peters, The Stylist Abroad
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community I have known about Equally Wed since I planned my own wedding. As a wedding planner I always knew that I wanted to make sure I engaged in trainings Equally Wed offered. Everything was clear and easy to understand. As someone who consults on these issues and has a masters degree in education with a focus in social justice, equity and liberation and who currently also works in a gender equity center, this was all really good information. I appreciated the way it was laid out and easy to digest. Very accessible.
- Sara Blair-Medeiros, Rainbow Weddings & Events by Sara
It enlightened me to all the ways in which we, as a culture, are exclusionary with our language. Now I see it literally everywhere.
—Meghan Spencer, Spencer Studios
The course felt thorough and comprehensive. It was easy to understand and absorb and was presented with grace for anyone just learning or unfamiliar with any particular topic. One of my biggest takeaways was learning more about how the trans community would like to be communicated with and the terminology that the community prefers to work with.
—Cayla Cummings, Carhart Photography
Equally Wed Pro's LGBTQ+ Weddings Certification Course is a robust learning program with 6 hours and 5 modules of on-demand video training, lessons and worksheets covering:
💡 How to define your core values
💡 Determining your goals
💡 The ABCs of LGBTQ+
💡 Understanding gender, sex, gender identity and gender expression
💡 Pronouns (how and why to use them and respect them)
💡 Challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community
💡 The business of inclusivity
💡 Gender-neutral word choices
💡 Key elements of LGBTQ+ weddings and proposals
💡 Best practices with LGBTQ+ clients
💡 Gender-neutral word choices
💡 The building blocks of an inclusive, affirming and accessible website
💡 Creating a DEI statement for your website
💡 Social media strategy
💡 Writing contracts
💡 Inclusive marketing
💡 Building a network of like-minded inclusive pros
💡 Inclusivity in the workplace
💡 Hiring and training your inclusive team
💡 Pitching your LGBTQ+ work to media
💡 How to be inclusive without tokenizing
💡 Attracting LGBTQ+ clients
💡 Building your business with LGBTQ+ clients
💡 Creating accountability for yourself
💡 Mastering difficult conversations with colleagues, clients and guests
You get all of the above plus free lifetime access to our wildly popular mini course, How to Create an Authentically Inclusive LGBTQ+ Styled Shoot, to help you create the marketing content you'll need to grow your LGBTQ+ inclusive business.
Tools included while you earn your LGBTQ+ Weddings Certificate:
- Six hours of educational videos with closed captioning that are broken into five sections and short videos that you can watch at your own pace
- An online multiple-choice exam
- Downloadable workbooks and resources
- VIP customer service
What you'll get throughout and after the course:
- An invaluable comprehensive education in LGBTQ+ weddings, inclusivity and accessibility
- Certificate of completion
- Badge for your site and marketing materials
- Private Facebook group membership to connect with alumni
- Lifetime access to our exclusive certification program materials
- Early bird specials on premium offerings with partners
- VIP customer support
- A community of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding and event professionals
- The knowledge to grow your business in the LGBTQ+ wedding market
By the end of this course, you will have ...
Discovered Your Goals and Values
to guide you in your business decisions throughout the course and well beyond (so you can always lean on them when trying to decide what the next right thing is to do)
Learned How to Expertly Serve LGBTQ+ Clients
without worrying about saying the wrong thing because you’re updated on the most inclusive way to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity, and apply that to every aspect of your business
Crafted Your Diversity and Inclusion Statement
for your website in order to convey your inclusive and affirming values so clients never have to guess where you stand or ask you if you know how to or are willing to work with LGBTQ+ weddings or clients who have LGBTQ+ loved ones
The Tools to Create Your Inclusive Marketing Plan
that allows your heart-centered business to attract highly qualified leads and book your dream clients because now you know what to say and what images to use
A Well-Rounded Understanding of LGBTQ+ Weddings
including the intricacies of proposals, wedding parties, families, ceremonies, florals, attire, receptions, jewelry, decor, honeymoons, vows, stationery, photography, videography, venues, planning, entertainment and more
Transformed Your Business From Accepting to Inclusive and Affirming
fwhich, when paired with the tools and actionable strategies you learned in this course, makes sure that the LGBTQ+ community and our allies can trust you and your staff to treat them not only with politeness but with authentic inclusivity, genuine affirmation and enthusiasm
Ready to be LGBTQ+ Weddings Certified?
Book more LGBTQ+ weddings. Earn the trust of the LGBTQ+ community. Stop guessing, and start knowing. Join an elite community of inclusively minded wedding pros who are raising the bar for the wedding industry and not only demanding full inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, but are also making sure they're offering it in every way in their own business. Is that you? Click below, and let's get this party started!I'M READY!