Our third annual LGBT Weddings Study captures the details of who our same-sex couple is, how much they’re spending, style trends and more — based on 1,200 LGBT singles and couples across the US who are married or engaged and planning a wedding in the U.S. in 2014.
Here’s a snapshot of some statistics from our study:
- 96% don’t consider their marriage a “same-sex marriage”—they consider it a marriage
- 95% of couples refer to this occasion as a wedding, as opposed to a commitment ceremony or civil union, up from 82 percent in 2014
- 60% percent of couples agree that guests could use advice and services when navigating LGBT wedding etiquette
- 95% of couples agree that vendors need a way to communicate that they’re LGBT friendly
- 81% of couples look to vendor reviews when seeking LGBT-friendly wedding vendors
- LGBT weddings are small, intimate affairs — men have an average of 77 guests and women have an average of 71 guests; 9 in 10 LGBT weddings have less than 150 guests
- Men spend an average of $15,992 on their weddings, compared with $13,055 for women; 23% of men and 21% of women spend more than $20,000
- 85% of men and 79% of women pay for the majority of the wedding themselves
- 70% of couples walk down the aisle; men are nearly three times as likely to walk down the aisle together while women prefer a family or friend escort
- 73% of all weddings take place between May and October; men prefer summer weddings while women are more likely to marry in the fall
Psst! To see the full study, click here.
Photography: Tommy & Kyle – Kate McElwee Photography