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U.S. $76 bln wedding industry embraces LGBTQ couples

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U.S. $76 bln wedding industry embraces LGBTQ couples

U.S. $76 bln wedding industry embraces LGBTQ couples

When Gregory Williams and Trevor Sorrells married, they unknowingly became part of a growing wedding industry trend that embraces same-sex couples.

Roselle Chen reports.


U.S. $76 bln wedding industry embraces LGBTQ couples

When Gregory Williams and Trevor Sorrells got married, they threw a wedding party for 68 people.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GREGORY WILLIAMS SAYING: "Our families are supportive.

We have such supportive friends.

And, we thought, what's better way to celebrate our relationship?" Gay weddings, like the one Williams and Sorrells had, are becoming a big part of the $76 billion a year wedding industry in the United States, which has embraced and adapted to same-sex couples in the four years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provided them with the right to marry.

Julie Mead is the vice president of B2B marketing at The Knot and WeddingWire.

(SOUNDBITE) (English)THE KNOT & WEDDINGWIRE, VICE PRESIDENT OF B2B MARKETING, JULIE MEAD, SAYING: "Since the legalization of same sex marriage in 2015, we've seen the number of LGBTQ couples choosing to marry grow consistently.

Not only that, but they're spending more every year since legalization.

In fact, they spend more per guest than non LGBTQ couples do, at about $285 per person.

This is a reflection of how important it is to these couples to create an unforgettable experience for the people that are celebrating with them." The landmark decision opened up a fresh stream of business for the caterers, bakers, florists and venue operators who serve those wanting to tie the knot.

Williams and Sorrells say, they went a bit over their $25,000 budget, with food and flowers being their biggest expenses.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TREVOR SORRELLS SAYING: "That was a little bit of a surprise, although all of our friends, who had already gotten married, have warned us about that." But they also say, it was worth it.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GREGORY WILLIAMS SAYING: "I mean, we definitely were a little bit over budget, but, I look back at the day, and it is just magical.

I mean, I really wouldn't change anything about it.

It was a lot of fun.

And, you know, we... I think, we don't regret it.'

Aside from mentioning the Supreme Court ruling during the ceremony, they say, everything else was just like the weddings straight couples have.

But they might have inspired more LGBTQ couples to go down the aisle.

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