This blog post has been stewing in my brain for a while now. It's mostly for my fellow wedding professionals but it's also just good food for thought.
I'm just gonna put it out there: It's time to stop using the word "bridal." Unless you're actually selling products to or working exclusively with brides, the word bridal is done. I cringe when I hear it. Using "bride and groom" to describe your clients in a general way is no longer acceptable. Of course, if the couple you're describing is actually an opposite-sex couple then by all means use the term bride and groom. How we talk about weddings matters.
Words to stop using : fiancé, fianceé, husband, wife, bride, groom, bridal, bridesmaids, groomsmen
My goal has always been to be as inclusive as I can, and that means being really careful about how I talk about weddings. I mean, some weddings don't even have a bride! It's not that hard. Try using these words to describe the people you work with when you'r'e referring to them generally.
Words to use instead: sweetheart, beloved, betrothed, spouse, mate, partner, couples, clients, wedding party, attendants
I don't want to offend anyone, but I feel like it's time for us in the wedding industry to start being more careful about how we talk. I perform weddings for all couples and I certainly don't want to exclude anyone by using outdated language.
Are there other words you use or that we should be using when we talk in general about the people we work with? Add them in the comments.