Here Comes The Guide is mainly venue-focused, but we do have an exclusive selection of Certified By The Guide vendors in certain states. The wedding vendors listed below aren't just top-notch event professionals; they’re also black-owned businesses! Hiring one of these service providers for your wedding is one simple way to make a positive impact on African American businesses, and to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. And we stand behind them 100%.
Please note that this is a dynamic list that we'll continue to update and add to over time!
With exceptional attention to detail and bodacious style, Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events will act as your "key resource" throughout the planning process—ensuring you’ll have a seamless experience with total peace of mind.
Serving the Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia / Maryland area. Destination weddings across the globe welcome.
Adizat is the founder and lead creative behind Klassy Kreations—a floral and event design studio best known for transforming generic event spaces into inspiring and timeless experiences.
Serving the Washington D.C. Metro Area.
Soliloquy Bridal Couture firmly believes you don’t have to conform to anyone’s idea of beauty but your own. The most important thing is that YOU feel confident, comfortable and beautiful in your wedding gown.
Bridal salon serving the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia (the DMV) areas and beyond.
Sweetheart Wedding Vows is a mobile, non-denominational wedding officiant company known for their heartfelt, custom wedding ceremonies. Nicole and Dushawn deliver beautiful wedding ceremonies that are reflective of their couples’ personalities, but also fun and full of character.
Serving Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
Damien has been photographing families and portraits since 2010 but caught the wedding bug in 2013 and hasn't looked back. His documentary-style approach ensures he'll capture all the precious moments and details of your day. He guarantees two things: "my eye for storytelling and timeless images".
Serving Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Andrea Green is everything you could hope for in a wedding planner: She’s organized, professional, classy, calm and creative. She’ll listen to your vision, seamlessly coordinate the details, and make sure everything’s taken care of so you can relax and enjoy your big day.
Serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and beyond. Destination weddings welcome.
No matter your preferences—from country to pop and Christian to hip hop—Generation C Entertainment will choose the best music to uniquely complement your event and keep the party going. They also offer lighting and photo booth services!
Serving Northern Virginia (NOVA), Maryland (MD), and the Washington DC Metro Area. They also provide services nationwide through their network of DJs.
As an Army brat born to an American father and Ethiopian mother, Mimi has lived all over the world including Seychelles, Ethiopia and Thailand. However, the one constant in her life has been the warmth and love of the family kitchen! Mimi turns cake design wishes into one-of-a-kind confectionary creations.
Serving Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
From full wedding planning to month-of coordination, Rolanda Hardy of Vision Into Reality Events is on your side from day one. She's at the ready to answer questions, offer support, and guide you through the wedding planning journey!
Based in Southern California, she's also a certified destination wedding planner. No matter where you want to tie the knot, Rolanda and her team will be there for you every step of the way!
Sanford Marshall of The Wedding Coach brings a fresh and unique perspective to wedding planning—creating a fun-filled process dedicated to maximizing the couple’s individual strengths and interests.
Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area; available to travel.
If you want a serious dance party at your wedding, look no further than Total DJ. Trevor Blake and his team guarantee your dance floor will be packed!
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, CA.
Chloe Jackman is an honorary certified vendor. We've bugged her so many times to use so many of her fabulous images across our website, and she's been nothing but gracious, charming, and generous every time. We're obsessed!
Chloe is a vivacious San Francisco Bay Area-based wedding photographer who's always ready to travel worldwide.
With a great sense of humor and a wonderful spiritual side, Officiant Sanford Marshall—aka The Wedding Coach—creates ceremonies that embrace the couple’s personal interests and passions.
Serving the Greater Bay Area, from Napa to Carmel. Also available to travel.
CHICAGO + DC
CHICAGO + DC
Bridal Beauty Associates is a team of award-winning artists specializing in on-site wedding beauty services. Owner Krystal Morant explains, "Your wedding hair and makeup should be a timeless reflection of your unique beauty, not someone else’s idea of bridal. We ensure you look fresh and radiant all day, but still look like you."
Serving Chicago, IL and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.
Designer Loft Bridal NYC features today's top and emerging bridal couture designers, including a number whose work is shown exclusively at Designer Loft Bridal boutique. The gowns reflect a variety of tastes, sizes and styles, celebrating the diversity of every Designer Loft bride.
Based in New York City.
Behind The Scene Girls is a team of traveling wedding beauty experts specializing in bridal hairstyles, makeup, and nails. They offer on-site wedding beauty services at your home, venue, or hotel of choice within Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, North New Jersey, Southern New Hampshire.
If you're looking to support black-owned wedding businesses, why not start with your venue? Check out this article for a dynamic list of beautiful, black-owned wedding venues—from an industrial-chic warehouse, to a private white-sand beach, and even a cool art gallery.
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