Supreme Court Rulings to Impact the Wedding Industry…..In the Pocket Book

From Martha White at the Daily Beast:

“Even as proponents of same-sex marriage cheered the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, professionals who work in the wedding industry also rejoiced. 

“Weddings are the most important celebration most people do in their lives, so it will definitely impact business,” said event planner David Monn, owner of David Monn LLC. “The moment it changed in New York state, we were inundated with calls.”

Legalization in some states over the past few years was a watershed moment for same-sex marriages. And the Supreme Court’s decision to declare DOMA unconstitutional also is expected to spur an increase in weddings, especially from couples who were reluctant, some for financial reasons, to tie the knot before.

In a separate decision, the Supreme Court also effectively permitted legal gay marriage in California, although it may take some time before California joins 12 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting same-sex unions.

Bernadette Coveney Smith, owner of LGBT wedding-planning company 14 Stories, said her business doubled after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York in 2011.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration said that the city issued more than 8,200 marriage licenses to gay couples in the first year after New York legalized same-sex marriage—about 10 percent of all licenses issued. The mayor’s office estimated that related spending, including visits by out-of-state couples seeking to get married, totaled $259 million in that time period.”

We here at Wedding Industry Law couldn’t be more ecstatic about the movement towards complete marriage equality that legislatures and courts have made across the country in recent years. The U.S. Supreme Court rulings last week left a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing is for certain, the industry is going to see in upswing in revenue, and that is a good thing.


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