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A Vote and a Vow takes our Same-Sex Friendly Wedding Expert Certification process very seriously.  Our certification process is free and always will be. Only featured vendor listings and advertisements are paid for. The certification process is free because A Vote and a Vow wants couples to have a place to find great vendors who they know are Same-Sex Friendly, not just listed because they were able to pay for a listing.

In order to be certified by A Vote and a Vow as Same-Sex Wedding Friendly, you need to follow three basic steps.

  1. Review your website and client materials to make sure you are not using language that excludes Same-Sex couples. (i.e. Only having spaces for Bride and Groom on your contract, try using the words client, couples, brides and grooms, attendants, in place of bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.)
  2. Submit your application below.
  3. Secret Shopper: A Vote and a Vow will have an agent secret shop your business within 3 months of listing you on the site.  We will make every attempt to make sure this is does not take up too much of your valuable time.  If the result of the secret shopping is not positive, you will be asked to remove our Certification Badge from your website, your listing and advertisements, if applicable,will be removed and all monies paid for advertising will be refunded, minus a $50 fee.
  4. Receive your Certification, and badge to display on your website or blog. Link the badge back to this page so Same-Sex couples can see that you have been carefully and meaningfully certified by us.

Please do not submit your application unless you have checked all your materials for inclusiveness within 24 hours of submitting your application. All answers are required.