Our team at John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering could not be more proud of our owner, Michael Thomas. He was selected as a Business Owner of the Year finalist in the 2018 Pride and Business Awards.
The awards are presented by the Metropolitan Business Association, Central Florida’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.
Michael is a certified LGBT Wedding Planner through the Gay Wedding Institute Certification Course. He is better able to serve the LGBTA wedding market armed with an understanding for the unique needs and concerns of the community. Michael recognizes the nuances of planning the perfect wedding for every couple and believes in giving everyone an experience that fits their needs and situation.
John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering is an LGBTQ-friendly business. Michael Thomas is an active board member of the Metropolitan Business Association, Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, six years running. He is also a founding member of both The Wedding Alliance, a local organization that provides resources to all members of the LGBT wedding community, and Come Out With Pride Orlando.
With over 300,000 LGBTQ+ individuals living in the Central Florida region and thousands more planning Central Florida destination weddings, our team understands the importance of addressing nuances of LGBTQ+ weddings correctly and with respect.
Beyond the fact that this respect is at the center of our company’s core values, Michael works with other Orlando area wedding businesses to help them understand working with the LGBTQ+ community.
Seemingly simple things such as understanding terms like honor attendants and wedding party to distinctions with regards to engagement rings and aisles that prove to be significant to same-sex couples, as well as having customized literature and LGBTQ+ friendly logos. Sponsoring, donating and promoting LGBTQ+ organizations, content, causes and events that also demonstrate that your business is a supporter of marriage equality.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 Pride in Business Awards Gala on August 4 at the iconic Hard Rock Live Orlando.