How to Celebrate Pride Month as an Ally

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and in an effort to break the traditional heteronormative wedding mold, we wanted to celebrate to beautiful and diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and nonbinary community that also deserve lifelong love and happiness. 

If you’re planning your wedding, take this month to learn more about what the LGBTQ+ community has gone through and use your wedding as an opportunity to support love, in all its many forms and iterations. 

If you’re new to Pride, here are three simple things you and your soon-to-be-spouse can do to be more inclusive. 

Learn About the History of Pride 

First and foremost, you can start by learning a bit about the history of Pride month. Our sister brand, Canada Gay Weddings, published a great article about the origins of the celebration, outlining the discrimination at the Stonewall riots and why it’s important to take to the streets and embrace queer love. 

Fall in Love with Queer Romance 

There’s nothing like embracing your romantic side before your own wedding. If you love a good rom-com movie night or a good Bridgerton binge on Netflix, then settle in for some swoon-worthy queer romance films and series. 

  • Heartstoppers 
  • Love, Simon 
  • The Half of It 
  • Call Me By Your Name (featuring Timothée Chalemet) 

If you’re a reader, here are some queer romance recommendations: 

  • The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
  • Red, White and Royal Blue, by Casey McQuinston
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Support LGBTQ+ Friendly Vendors 

Same sex couples shouldn’t have to worry any more than hetero couples about where to get married, which DJ or photographer to hire, or which guests to invite. But the truth is, not all wedding vendors are as accepting as they should be. You can find lists of LGBTQ+ friendly vendors in your area online, or you could ask potential vendors if they’re catered to same sex weddings before. Even if it feels small, by supporting those who support others, we can encourage the entire wedding industry to be more inclusive and understanding. 

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