Bishop Curry's style of delivery is being largely discussed today, both positively and not. Some people claim the sermon was too long (he actually spoke for less than 14 minutes). Some in attendance responded with raised eyebrows (Zara Phillips and Kate Middleton), some with a "take us to church" sway (Oprah), and some with open smiles and enjoyment (David Beckham).
What's most striking to me though, is how many people working in the bridal industry found his sermon off-putting. It is one thing to have nothing to do with weddings on a daily basis and be unfamiliar with the cultural nuances of a large group of people. It is quite another if you make your living helping people celebrate the blending of families and all that comes with it.
The topic of diversity and publications and wedding pros not making as intentional an effort as they could (or should) has once again been a very public conversation in the wedding industry over the past few months. I believe the royal wedding ceremony, and this sermon in particular, can serve as a good litmus test for those of us who think we're doing okay in this area.
If you're a wedding professional and found Bishop Curry's sermon to be uncomfortable or strange, use that reaction to illuminate blind spots and examine where your own company may not be as inclusive as you maybe think it has been. Be honest with yourself about where you may have been unintentionally overlooking something that is deeply important to your clients or customers.
Inclusivity goes far beyond skin color. To be truly inclusive, one has to embrace and celebrate differing cultural practices as well. This is the perfect opportunity to take stock of where your company is at in that regard and how it could be better.