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Accessible Wedding: How To Plan It (1)
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Accessible Wedding: How To Plan It (1)

Couples with disabilities will always need a wedding planner because planning out a wedding is exhausting by nature.

Some disabilities can cause widespread, chronic pain in the body of couples with disabilities if they overexert or get overwhelmed, and if a partner has autism, he/she may lose executive functioning skills like memory and planning, so it is always advisable to get a wedding planner who knows the type of accessibility you need for your wedding. 

Despite the fact that the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design outlines what makes a facility accessible, many businesses — wedding venues — get away with remaining inaccessible because they were built before 1991. While the community of people with disabilities is often very thorough in making sure events are accessible to everyone, it’s common for non-disabled friends and family to think the burden is on people with disabilities to voice their needs.

If the couple or their invited guest has a disability, accessibility is a go-to question to determine disability inclusiveness, and it must matter most for the wedding planner involved with the wedding logistics, like the venue, wedding coordination, and photography. 

"People must always have it at the back of their mind that it is hard to ask for help when so many of us are tired of asking for help,” says James Doyle a wheelchair user. James also has a hearing disability, he couldn't hear well with his right ear, he can only listen to talks with his right ears through a hearing aid.

“When I was getting married I told my wedding planner that I needed an accessible venue. My wedding planner got an accessible hall, he forgot to check if the bathroom was accessible, I had to adapt with the help of my spouse. Sometimes, our requests aren't always met with understanding attitudes or even friendliness. We just want to feel included. Wedding planners must do more for their clients to make them feel like they're wanted and that their needs are valid. There should be a better experience for everyone,” James said. 

Image credit: CEFutcher

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  1. Ability101
    Apt! Looking forward to part 2. All marriage venue must be accessible
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  2. Mpz
    Well written but TOTALLY disagree! I'm disabled and seriously chronically ill and planning a wedding remotely...without a planner. It all comes down to time management, not getting into a time crunch, and having some, even a little, help. My partner helps a little bit, but that's about it! I wish we had the budget for a wedding planner, but its not in the cards. So...it would be nice, but you can plan an AMAZING wedding being disabled and seriously chronically ill...even from the hospital! (which I'm currently doing!)
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