I’m celebrating the repeal of DOMA today, and it looks like the wedding industrial complex is too.
Wedding planners expect the number of same-sex marriages to increase even more after yesterday”s SCOTUS decision, given that many couples will now have the benefit of their unions being recognized at a federal level as well as by their state, reports Martha C. White of NBC News.
It’s not all good news for wedding planners, though. Apparently the gays need to step up their game:
“A 2009 Williams Institute study of gay wedding spending in Massachusetts found that gay couples there spent about $7,400 on their wedding. That’s roughly a quarter of the average $28,427 TheKnot.com says straight couples spent in 2012.”
This is largely due to the fact that most same-sex couples pay for their weddings themselves and skip many traditional (sic) wedding expenditures.
But guys! And gals! Being gay shouldn’t stop you from loading up your registry with Cuisinart pots and spending $5,000 on custom hand-painted letterpress invitation suites!
TheKnot.com sees your misplaced discretionary income and it wants to help. In perfect timing with Pride Month and DOMA’s repeal, the wedding website has launched its inaugural “Gay Wedding” digital issue. It’s filled with gorgeous “real weddings” as well as pages and pages of things-you’ve-just-got-to-have.
The magazine also starts off with a list of “35 Questions You Might Have About a Gay Wedding,” which are actually just questions that anyone could ask about any wedding, like who should pay for the party, how to find an officiant, and what to do with children in the ceremony.
Hey TheKnot, what does any of this have to do with being gay?