Wedding Accessibility: Make Sure Everyone Can Attend

Photos provided by Richard Emmanuel Photography

When you get married, you will no doubt want all of your nearest and dearest to be able to celebrate with you on your big day. Of course, it might be harder for some guests to attend than others.

If one or more of your relatives or friends have a disability or other health condition that could make it difficult for them to attend the wedding, you might want to consider how you can make things easier for them while you are planning. You will certainly want to ensure that your special day is accessible to everyone who is invited, and this is how you can do that.

Consider Special Diets

If you know that one of your guests has a severe allergy or food intolerance, you will need to make sure that there is something they can eat at the reception. If you click for details at this link, you will see that most wedding caters have their menus online so you can double check to make sure there is something your guest will be able to eat. But remember that’s it’s also useful to contact the caterer just to make sure that they can accommodate special dietary requirements.

Think About Your Venue

It’s also important to consider how accessible your preferred wedding venue is as this will be important for any guest who is physically disabled. Before you book, you should ask a venue if they are fully accessible, but it is always a good idea to check it out yourself just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, some outdoor venues won’t be accessible to disabled guests, so you might have to reconsider booking one if you want your friend or relative to attend.

Consider Braille Programmes

If you are also aware that someone at the ceremony suffers from sight difficulties, it’s worth thinking about getting some wedding programmes created in braille. That way, the guest will be able to follow the order of service without too many difficulties. Most printers that provide you with the programmes will be able to also print a couple of copies into braille at hardly any extra cost.

Add Plenty Of Seating

Even though some people may not rely on a wheelchair, they might still suffer from a health condition that prevents them standing for long periods of time. So, it’s usually necessary to add plenty of seating throughout the day. During the ceremony and reception, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s worth making sure there will be plenty of chairs during the evening party. You might also want to ask the ushers to reserve some of the aisle seating at the ceremony for those who may not be able to walk far.

Transportation Considerations

If someone with a disability is travelling to the wedding on their own, you might want to help them arrange transport. That way, there is no risk of them dealing with any accessibility problems on public transport.

Make sure your wedding is accessible to everyone!

 

(Psssst, this post is paid collab and has links but I still keep it real!)

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