Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, wedding planning has changed for same-sex couples in the U.S.
The historically significant change in the legal landscape has brought with it some differences in the way same-sex couples mark and celebrate their union, according to a new survey.
In fact, the change has been so rapid as to make the same-sex wedding trends of just four years ago non-applicable to today’s same-sex couples, according to Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.
“Understanding the real story of what's happening in the wedding market requires the comprehensive, nuanced, and comparison-based look included in this report,” Hamm said of the 2016 research, in a statement.
So how has wedding planning and execution changed for same-sex and queer-identified couples since the SCOTUS ruling? A new nationwide survey, which built upon research from 2013, highlights some key changes.
A survey of over 1,400 respondents, conducted by Community Marketing & Insights in partnership with WeddingWire, GayWeddings, and the Gay Wedding Institute, found that:
- Seventy-seven percent of today’s same-sex couples are more likely to get married in the state in which they currently because of fact that they no longer need to travel to another state for legal marriage recognition.
- Same-sex couples are now 36% more likely than they were in 2013 to plan celebrations of their union with ceremonies and receptions.
- As for how much will be spent on the big day, same-sex couples of today generally spend more per guest ($117, versus $100 for opposite-sex weddings).
- Less is spent overall on weddings for same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, due to the fact that they invite fewer guests.
- Emotional support for same-sex couples has increased since the ruling. Support from parents of same-sex couples has increased from 46% to 60%.