Now more than ever it’s important to support black-owned businesses throughout the country. In addition to making each of our voices heard through protests and social media with movements such as Black Lives Matter, it’s crucial for us all to seek out black business owners who statistically receive less capital funding than other non-minority business owners and entrepreneurs.
The wedding industry, while evolving every day, can feel overwhelmingly white. And to be honest, websites and publications like mine play a huge part in that. As a one-woman white business, it’s extremely easy for me to have tunnel vision when it comes to the topics I cover. From black wedding dress designers and planners to the best black wedding hairstyles or makeup looks, I need to work harder to change that, and I will.
Given that, it seemed like the right time to pull together what will be a growing list of black-owned wedding businesses as a resource for couples planning their wedding. As we research and gather more names, we will add them to this list, so feel free to leave suggestions in our comments section or by e-mailing me at hello [at] womangettingmarried.com.
For more great resources and suggestions for black brides, be sure to check out these black wedding websites as well:
Black Wedding Dress Designers and Black-Owned Boutiques
Located in Brooklyn, NY, bridal and ready to wear designer Andrea Pitter creates “relatable luxury” with her beautiful collections, which also include veils, accessories, and flower girl dresses.
In 2015 the Nigerian-born designer–now located in Dallas–debuted her first collection at New York’s Fashion Week. She has designed eight gorgeous ones since, and specializes in haute couture bridal and evening wear.
Mark Ingram opened his namesake bridal salon in 2002, featuring the best high-end and designer wedding gowns that will take your breath away.
A chic bridal design house in Somerville, New Jersey, you can choose a custom-made dress from Chief Designer Jean-Ralph Thurin, or one from his exclusive collection.
Based in Atlanta, GA, this bespoke store offers luxury wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and formal wear.
This men’s style consultant in Houston, TX creates custom suits, tuxedos, dress shirts and more at an affordable price.
Black-Owned Wedding Venues
Tamuel, the owner behind the family-run RW Brands–which includes this venue as well as Cypress Grove and boutique event rentals and design firm RW Style in Central Florida–hosts and creates some of the most gorgeous weddings in Central Florida along with her passionate team.
Located in New Orleans, LA, this French Quarter hotel can accommodate up to 200 guests.
The four acre property in Spartanburg, SC has seven unique indoor and outdoor settings that can host up to 150 guests.
Black Wedding Planners
Started in 2013 by Senior Certified Wedding Planner, Krisy Thomas, the full-service wedding planning and floral design team creates beautiful events throughout Tennessee.
Recently named “Hottest Event Planner” by The Atlantan Magazine in 2018, owner Michelle Gainey has over 15-years experience specializing in truly glamorous affairs.
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Black Wedding Hair and Makeup Artists
Shauné Hayes is the owner and principal makeup artist of Red Carpet Ready Makeup based in Washington, D.C. who has over 15 years creating boutique beauty experiences for brides.
An independent makeup artist based in Woodbridge, NJ that specializes in various skintypes, Abby creates looks that bring out brides natural beauty.
Black Wedding Photographers
Stanley Babb is a wedding and lifestyle photographer from the Bahamas now based in South Florida with a beautifully “clean, modern, and artsy” approach.
In the business for over 25 years, Cephus is a Virginia Beach-based wedding photographer who defines his style as “fashion forward with a twist of editorial and photojournalism.”