It’s been one year since the Supreme Court ruling recognizing marriage equality in the US — and The Knot 2016 LGBTQ Weddings Study uncovered some great findings and serious trend alerts. Here’s a quick overview:
- Spends soar:
- Men spend an average of $33,822, compared with $25,334 for women.
- Prior to legalization, the average cost was $18,424 for male couples and $16,218 for females in 2015.
- The pressure is on:
- 15% of men and 10% of women report they feel the need to marry now that same-sex marriage is legal across the US.
- Guest lists spiral up:
- Men have an average of 121 guests and woman have an average of 117 guests.
- It’s all about personalization:
- The most popular element for men is a wedding logo or monogram (28%), while women report having a signature cocktail at the reception is key (27%).
- Family acceptance:
- There’s a 53% increase in LGBTQ couples gaining acceptance, but more than half of couples still report that family was not accepting of their marriage.
- Families are contributing:
- 23% of LGBTQ couples report the majority of their wedding receptions are paid for by their families.
- Before popping the question:
- 42% of men (up from 21% in 2015) and 46% (up from 24% in 2015) of women ask for permission from their partners family before proposing.
- Engagement ring spend is on the rise:
- On average, men are spending $5,719 on the engagement ring while women are spending $5,349.
- A destination affair:
- Nearly half of LGBTQ couples consider their wedding a destination wedding
- They’re having a ceremony:
- 74% of men and 81% of women are having a wedding ceremony, up from 67% of men and 70% of women in 2015.
- Elopements are down 4% among men and 8% among women in 2016.
Want more? Check out the full study here.
Source: The Knot LGBTQ Study, 2016
Photography: Elana Jamie