5 HELPFUL TIPS FOR PLANNING AN ACCESSIBLE WEDDING

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All photos by The Curries

Everyone loves a wedding. From the finger food to the in-law’s cringe-worthy dance moves, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. As well as having an amazing day yourself, you want to make sure your guests have a great time too, and this may seem difficult to achieve if any of your wedding party require increased accessibility.

That’s why the lovely people at Ability Superstore are sharing their knowledge of mobility aids and accessibility, to help you plan the perfect accessible wedding. Whether you require increased accessibility for yourself, or for others attending the big day, it’s important to consider what you can do to guarantee a care-free and inclusive wedding day. So here are 5 (hopefully) helpful tips that will help you achieve just that!

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1. Location, Location, Location

Everyone has dreams of their perfect wedding, some of which are much more unique and out there than others. You could have dreamt of getting the perfect wedding photo at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for years, but it may not be the most practical option for you or your guests, especially when accessibility is a particularly important requirement.

Not to worry though, as there are plenty of alternatives that can help you to achieve a unique and ‘outdoorsy’ feel for your wedding day. Take marquees for example. They can be positioned in a beautiful outdoor setting of your choice. Not only that, but your marquee can be fitted with hard flooring and ramps to enable easy access for those with wheelchairs or reduced mobility.

If marquees aren’t your thing, most modern locations are fitted with ramps and stairlifts. Or if you want to go for a traditional church or castle, these fixtures can often be added to make your wedding more accessible. So if you’re thinking about giving up your dream location because of its limited accessibility, don’t! It’s worth asking around to see what your options are first.

2. Make your voice heard

There won’t be a dry eye in the house when it’s time for the ‘I do’s’, but first they need to be heard. If you’re considering a large venue, or if any of your wedding guests are hard of hearing, it may be worth considering using microphones or a loop system for hearing aids. This will be better achieved by identifying your guests needs before the event, so that those who require hearing assistance can be accommodated for well in advance.

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AN APOLOGY…

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY (1)

Last month we held our 3rd annual blog survey. We were super excited to receive your responses in the hopes of making Bespoke Bride an even more useful platform for those planning a wedding and were thrilled by the number of responses. This year was by far our most popular yet. We shared your feedback a few weeks later and discussed the ways in which this would be used to help us improve for the coming year. All in all we were extrememly pleased with how well we had done so far, you guys went out of your way to tell us how much you ‘loved’ our blog and ‘the variety’ of content we sharedsome of you likened reading our blog to ‘chatting with your best friend‘ and we even received a marriage proposal!

But there was something troubling us?

At the end of the survey we gave you the chance to to finish this sentence…

“I would like to see more real weddings or styled shoots that ….”

And here are a few of the responses?

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Sunday Sharing & Weekly Round-up: Last of the Summer Sun…

Hello lovelies on this beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon.

I am writing Sunday Sharing today from the comfort of my local pub, where I am enjoying spending the last of the summer sun in the beer garden. I usually dread the return of winter as I have a huge phobia of snow – yes thats right snow, but i have good reasons trust me. However im really looking forward to christmas this year, getting all cosy in my new little house and spending some quality time with my nearest and dearest. This year has been somewhat of a whirlwind for me, so ill be glad of the downtime.

Yesterday was a busy one for us as we made our way to the National Wedding Show in Birmingham to report on the day. The centre was buzzing with vendors and brides alike and we had an awesome day chatting with so many people, it was an exciting experience. There will be more from us on the show next week but for now, let us leave you with whats been going on in the world of weddings for another week.

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