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Planning a Welcoming, Inclusive Wedding at Ma Maison

Tips and Advice

Your wedding celebration at Ma Maison is a reflection of your love, your commitment, and your story. For many, it’s also a celebration of the community that supports and celebrates you as a couple. Your wedding should always prioritize your needs, but it’s also essential to consider creating an inclusive, welcoming experience for your guests. While you don’t have to settle for the color palette that your mother in law wants, it’s important to make sure your family and friends feel safe and taken care of on the day.

What does it mean to plan an inclusive wedding?

By prioritizing accessibility, diverse and considerate catering, engaging inclusive activities, and thoughtful etiquette, you can ensure all your loved ones feel valued and celebrated.

We’ll share insights and suggestions on embracing inclusivity as you plan your Ma Maison wedding. You’ll learn about the accessible features and spaces within our venue and how to create a space that feels welcoming to all your loved ones. You’ll also discover how to create a diverse menu that caters to various dietary preferences and cultural backgrounds. We’ll explore creative activities that bring your guests together and review essential etiquette tips for fostering a truly inclusive wedding experience. 

By focusing on these elements, you can create a memorable celebration that reflects your love for one another and your appreciation for the unique qualities each of your guests brings to your lives.

We understand the importance of inclusivity and are committed to supporting you in your journey. We’re dedicated to helping you navigate the planning process, offering guidance and resources to ensure that every aspect of your wedding honors the diversity and individuality that makes your community unique. Contact us today to discuss how our venue can serve as the backdrop for your inclusive celebration of love and commitment.

1. Embrace Open Communication

Clear and open communication is crucial when navigating wedding planning amongst a group of people who come from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, or cultures. 

As you work with your partner, vendors, and guests, consider the following communication strategies:

Honest discussions:

Address uncertainty head-on by having open and honest conversations with your partner about potential scenarios and how you’ll handle them together. For example, if you are planning a wedding ceremony that factors in multiple religions, or if you and your partner come from different religious backgrounds, it’s important to talk about how you want to infuse each of your backgrounds and values.

Ask for insights:

If you have guests that require certain food or accessibility measures, consider asking them what would help them to feel most comfortable. For example, if you have a large amount of vegetarian guests on your guest list, consider running the vegetarian options on a menu by them to ensure that your money is well spent.

Keep vendors informed:

Maintain regular communication with your vendors to keep them updated on your plans, concerns, and potential changes. We have a fantastic list of vendors who will help you bring your unique wedding to life!

Update guests:

Use your wedding website or a digital platform to provide updates and important information to your guests. For example, if you have guests who need certain accessibility to the venue, make sure you inform everyone about the parking, walking, and seating arrangements.

2. Select Vendors Who Support Your Vision:

Select diverse vendors:

When you’re trying to plan an inclusive wedding, keep in mind that your vendors make all the difference! If and when you can support BIPOC or LGBTQ+ wedding vendors, we encourage you to do so.

Seek vendors who have experience in your vision:

If you are seeking support in a certain way, it’s wise to seek out vendors who have experience in a wedding like the one you envision. For example, if you or your partner are Indian and want a large Indian wedding, find a wedding planner, photographer, and other vendors who have experience in planning Indian weddings. This is especially important to consider when choosing your catering, to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

3. Leverage Technology for Planning and Communication

Digital planning tools:

Utilize online planning tools, apps, and websites to organize logistics, collaborate with vendors, and manage guest lists in one centralized location. Digital survey options can be great if/when you need to poll guests about dietary options.

Virtual consultations:

Host virtual consultations with vendors, ensuring you maintain a personal connection while planning from a distance.

Live streaming:

Consider live streaming your wedding ceremony to guests who cannot attend in person, allowing them to be part of your special day. This is a great option for loved ones who might feel overstimulated when attending a wedding in-person. Being able to feel like they’re a part of your day, without having to be around excessive noise or crowds, could help them to feel more connected and valued by you and your partner.

4. Lean on Your Support Network

Surround yourself with a network of supportive people who can offer guidance, encouragement, and assistance throughout your planning journey:

Experienced professionals:

Rely on professionals, like the team here at Ma Maison, who have experience navigating various situations. We can provide expert advice and resources.

Friends and family:

Seek input from friends and family who have experience with wedding planning or are naturally skilled at problem-solving creative solutions. Ask for assistance with loved ones who are supportive and won’t make you feel overwhelmed or judged.

Wedding communities:

Join online wedding communities where you can seek ideas, solutions, and support from other couples facing similar challenges. There are many incredible inclusivity experts who can support you in creating a welcoming and safe environment for your guests.

Despite the overwhelm of wedding planning, your love story remains the unique story that is yours. By embracing open communication and technology, prioritizing flexibility, and leaning on your support network, you can create a memorable and meaningful wedding celebration.

Our dedicated team is here to support you through every step of your wedding journey. We’ll provide you with expert guidance and enthusiasm for your day! Contact us today to learn more about how we can work together to plan your perfect wedding celebration!


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