In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, honoring the women who came before us and the trailblazers who are paving the way ahead. In addition to letting the impactful women in your life know you appreciate them, you can also further support gender equality by investing in female-run businesses. Considering one of the most expensive “purchases” you’ll ever make is your wedding, it’s an excellent time to choose women-owned vendors. And—bonus!—you can find even more women-owned wedding businesses with the WeddingWire Vendor Directory’s new Diversity Filters, which allows couples to easily find Woman-owned, as well as Asian-owned, Black-owned, Hispanic or Latinx-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, Native American-owned, and Veteran-owned businesses in their area. From venues and stationery to wedding dresses and more, here’s our round-up of some of our favorite female-owned brands from all over the country.
Highpoint Events in Greensburg, Indiana
Karen Cyman was first attracted to this property because of its abundance of fruit trees. Then, she realized it was the ideal spot to exchange vows and turned into a sought-after wedding venue.
Warm Springs Inn & Winery in Wenatchee, Washington
Julie Szmania is the proud owner of this historic bed-and-breakfast that sits on ten beautiful acres of nature. Today, it’s an ideal wedding venue for picture-perfect photos and scenery.
The Cloth Mill at Eno River in Hillsborough, North Carolina
Nicole Clayton's venue sets the right tone for couples who want a more industrial vibe for their big day. It marries Nicole’s Northern roots with a Southern location, creating positive energy and a unique theme.
When Andrea Pitter-Campbell realized there was an extreme lack of diversity in wedding dress offerings, she decided to utilize her creativity to start her own line. Now, this brand celebrates every woman’s unique body and style and offers affordable yet luxurious options.
Lesley Margaret Webster named her line after her great grandmother and decided to focus on the allure and the glamour of a romantic style in her designs. Because she wanted to make her gowns accessible to most women, fully-customizable Maggie Sottero gowns are made at an affordable price point.
Brides by Nona
A little over a decade ago with designer Nneka Alexander was planning her wedding, she couldn’t find what she craved. That is, until she turned to her own imagination. Since she could create the perfect gown in her mind, she decided to pursue her passion and open a bespoke company. Now, she creates mostly custom dream dresses for women around the world.
Wedding Band and Rings
In 2002, Kendra Scott started her brand with just $500. Now, it’s valued at more than $1 billion. In addition to jewelry, she also offers candles and home products, creating a full lifestyle immersion around her style.
Rony Vardi started her Brooklyn-based brand with the idea of offering unique, non-traditional jewelry. Over the years, she has attracted the likes of celebrities, from Jessica Biel to Meghan Markle.
If you don’t want to go the uber-traditional route of wedding bands and rings, Trisha Okubo’s line has a different vibe. By pairing together various charms — including a ‘Mrs’ — you can create your own aesthetic with mixing and matching. The idea is to make a modern heirloom.
While Shiza Shahid’s company is only a little over a year old, it went viral on Instagram, creating a cult-like following. In addition to their best-selling ‘Always Pan,’ this female-owned brand also offer a line of dishware, glassware and kitchen accessories.
Ariel Kaye launched her company in 2014 with a straightforward mission: no-fuss, premium bedding and bath products. Now, they are one of the most successful brands in their category, known for its easy, breezy look and feel.
Year & Day
Move aside traditional china that no one actually uses. Kathryn Duryea’s trendy line of dinnerware is no-fuss and will remind you of the relaxed California coastline. Plus, it’s much more affordable than the high-end collection your grandma had at home.
In 2007, Mariam Naficy started the legendary Minted in the attic of her San Francisco home. Since then, it’s become a thriving, trusted marketplace that highlights the work of independent artists and designers from more than 100 countries and all of the 50 states.
Rifle Paper Co.
Anna Bond features her hand-painted designs through a variety of stationery options. Her company, which used to be a two-person power team, is now an international female-owned brand sold in more than 5,000 stores globally. Their wedding collection highlights five designs, all one-of-a-kind and fully customizable.
To step outside of the norm of wedding products, consider Angelica Demiris’ super-fun and unique cards. When the pandemic still impacts all wedding decisions, her messaging sets the right tone and can help lighten the mood.