African American wedding vendors in Seattle?

posted 2 years ago in African-American
Post # 2
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4043 posts
Honey bee

mrscarter22:  sorry no real leads, but do you have friends that have been married in Seattle and might have met vendors of color?

Might I also ask why it is so important why you find a vendor of color rather than focusing on finding vendors who offer quality services that meet your needs? Would you be willing to potentially sacrifice quality to have a vendor of color? 

Just curious. I myself am a woman of color and I guess am curious because I didnt explicitly seek vendors based on their ethnic/racial background.

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

mrscarter22:  there are AA MUAs in Seattle. I follow one on IG and he does weddings. I would look in the Tacoma area. I’m out there monthly because my husband is stationed there. I’m sure there are also AA bakers. I’m not sure about a black venue. The black venues here in NYC are in questionable neighborhoods so I’m not sure I would pick a venue just because a person of color owns it. I’m AA but I chose my vendors based on quality and reliability and not just their skin color matching mine. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

mrscarter22:  I know exactly how you feel. I live in Vancouver and am getting married in Seattle. The struggle was real when I tried to find African American vendors, particularly MUAs and hair stylists. I remember looking at so many websites of makeup artists, and rarely did I find pictures of dark-skinned brides. It was honestly very discouraging.

As a result, I am doing my own makeup after two failed trials (thank goodness I know enough about makeup to pull this off), and am trying out Vasuda salon for hair services (apparently they are familiar with african American hair textures).

My day-of-coordinator is African American, and she also recently moved to Seattle from the East Coast. She also noticed the lack of African Americans represented in the wedding scene in Seattle. 

Anyways, if you have any questions, just let me know. I’m happy to help since I’ve also been in that boat!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  Hma128.
Post # 7
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Honey bee

mrscarter22:  I completely understand your reasoning, and wasn’t trying to imply it was either/or, but I guess I would be more interested in finding vendors who had experience working with clients of color, rather than a vendor of color. Because then you might find someone of color with that experience or at least someone who has the experience necessary, especially for hair and makeup. 

It makes a lot of sense for the hair/makeup part because I have struggled to find people who can work with my hair. I am black and white, and my hair is much more like african american hair. Many hairstylists have botched doing my hair because they lack the experience (I live in a low diversity area as well). 

I guess I was just more curious in terms of some of the other vendors, like venues, DJs and florists as to why it would matter so much. But everyone has their reasoning. I wasn’t saying it was right or wrong, but merely asking for your rationale.

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