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2016 Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends Report

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FOREWORD In the last three years, landmark rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) have contributed to a distinct shift in same-sex wedding planning. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) couples are planning more ceremonies and receptions with invited guests, and are more likely to marry in their home states. With more shared wedding rituals becoming commonplace in all types of ceremonies for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, LGBTQ couples continue to personalize their celebrations, with attention to gender role expression, often repurposing rituals to better suit their needs as a couple. Today, the vast majority of wedding professionals say they are ready, willing and able to serve same-sex couples. But, in a competitive marketplace where same-sex couples have choice, being "gay-friendly" is no longer enough. Additionally, though legal precedent and trained wedding professionals should create an environment of safety and support, some LGBTQ couples continue to experience discrimination and have fears of rejection. As such, it is essential for wedding professionals to deepen their understanding of trends and needs of contemporary couples.

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