Our hearts are heavy. In recent days, we have spoken to express our outrage against acts of racism and our support for the Black community. We continue to grieve so many Black lives that have been unjustly lost. We have been listening and learning, and fully understand that actions, not words, drive change. We feel an immense responsibility as we build this community of wedding vendors to ensure that we adopt inclusive practices from the outset and are intentional about showcasing people of color as we celebrate creatives in the wedding industry.
What began as an effort to speak out against racism and injustice became a soul-searching mission to better understand how we can take action within our own organization to address systemic race-related issues. An extremely tough order and it would be naive to believe that one organization can change the world (or even a single community), but it’s the collective actions from many organizations that will drive positive social change. We want to be part of that change.
We’re committed to becoming a place where all professionals feel a sense of belonging and connection. We’re such a beautifully diverse wedding community, and we believe that ALL love and creativity is worthy.
Here’s our pledge to you:
- We vow to publish racially diverse content on an ongoing basis and conduct regular reviews to ensure it truly reflects diversity including but not limited to race, sexuality and religion.
- We vow to feature ethnically diverse vendors and minority-owned businesses.
- We vow to continue to listen and use our voice to educate and influence positive social change through thoughtful and respectful content.
We promise to uphold these 3 tenants. Furthermore, we will continue to identify many more actionable ways we can keep using what influence we have for what is good, right and just. Thank you for your support! We look forward to building this community far and wide where all professionals feel a sense of belonging and connection and can learn from each other.