13 Ways to Make Your Wedding Accessible
If you're getting married, don't forget to accommodate your disabled guests. Here's a few little details you may have forgotten.
Start with an Accessible Wedding Website
Include captions describing any photos you post so everyone can be a part of the experience. Avoid heavy use of reds and greens, which can be difficult to tell apart for colorblind users. Use a clear, easy-to-read font in all black.
Print Special Invitations for Guests with Vision Issues
If any of your guests struggle to read fine print, making an extra-large invitation will be very appreciated. If your guest is mostly blind, you can find someone to make one in braille or you can record a special audio invitation just for them! Remember that any other paper goods (like ceremony programs) should be customized too.
Give Guests a Place for Requests
On the RSVP card, ask about food allergies and dietary restrictions. You can also leave a blank for any special accommodations a guest may need.
Consider Wheelchair and Walker Access
Ask about wheelchair access while touring your venue. Make note of long distances, especially uphill, that guests may be required to walk. Make sure ramps are available throughout the property and any doors are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. (Watch out for little steps between the ground and doorways.) If your venue is multi-story, ask about elevators.
Keep Guests Comfortable
Make sure to have cold water available in every space to keep people hydrated. You can bring in a few standing umbrellas for extra shade. If you're getting married in a cold place, consider offering shawls or blankets to guests.
Make Sure Everyone Can Understand Your Vows
Set up a microphone and speakers to make sure hard-of-hearing guests can understand the ceremony. If you have Deaf guests, hire an ASL interpreter to live-interpret the ceremony. You can also seat those with visual or auditory disabilities closer to the front, so they don't miss the action. Consider using these same strategies for speeches during the reception.
Seating, Seating Everywhere
Make sure that there are plenty of extra seats available for anyone who needs a rest. Try placing a few seats around the dance floor so that those who can't dance can still be close to the fun. A nearby quiet room for people to rest or step away is also helpful.
Set Up A Nursing Space
For nursing mothers, having a safe and clean nursing space (that's not in the bathroom) is a gift.
Use Clear Signage
Post legible signs directing people to available spaces they may need to access, like the restrooms, nursing space, quiet room, accessible entrances, and ramps.
Stock Up On Disability-Friendly Toiletries
It's common these days to include a complimentary toiletry basket in each restroom. Add some thoughtful items like ibuprofen, heat packs, bandages, dramamine, and period products (in both bathrooms). And don't forget to have gender inclusive restrooms!
Have a Couple Candy Dishes
In case of a blood sugar emergency, guests will appreciate having quick access to a snack. Most hard candies are vegan and nut-free too!
Skip the Lighting Effects
Tell your DJ to skip the flashing, spinning, blinking lights. These lights can trigger people with epilepsy, migraines, and balance or vision issues.
Give Everyone a Good View
Guests often gather around during the cake cutting and other activities, but that makes things difficult for those with limited mobility who may not be able to get up or stand to see over crowds. Ask all guests to stay seated during special moments and everyone will have access.