Study: Gay wedding spending nearly doubled since equality ruling

Study: Gay wedding spending nearly doubled since equality ruling

There have been 123,00 same-sex weddings since the Supreme Court ruling–how do they differ from ceremonies prior? The Knot has shared its fourth annual LGBTQ Weddings Study, with some interesting and revealing statistics about marriage equality.

For one, the numbers show that more men and women feel the pressure to get married now that same-sex marriage is legal while the percentage of elopements are down. Additionally, while many said that translating wedding traditions was “challenging,” the majority of men and women had traditional weddings.

OUT also points out that the study makes a case for the economic benefits of marriage equality. Wedding spending has increased by around $15,000 for men and $9,000 for women, though men still outspend women.

Men spend an average of $33,822 on their weddings, compared with $25,334 for women. Prior to legalization, the average cost was $18,242 for male couples and $16,218 for females in 2015.

The numbers also reveal a shift socially as the number of men and women asking for permission from their partner’s families has doubled. It seems legality has shifted acceptance towards same-sex unions, but only a little bit. A large number of couples still say that their union was not accepted by their families:

“There’s a 53 percent increase in LGBTQ couples gaining family acceptance, but more than half of couples still report that family was not accepting of their marriage.”

For the full report, head over to The Knot.

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