2016 Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends Report

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RESEARCH PARTNERS The Community Marketing & Insights team has been conducting LGBT consumer research for 20 years. Our practice includes online surveys, IDIs, MROCs, focus groups (on-site and virtual), and advisory boards in North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia. Industry leaders around the world depend on CMI's research and analysis as a basis for feasibility evaluations, positioning, economic impact, ad creative and brand testing, informed forecasting, measurable marketing planning and assessment of return on investment. The Gay Wedding Institute is the world's first LGBTQ wedding training academy. Bernadette Smith is founder and one of the nation's leading LGBTQ wedding experts. Since 2010, Bernadette and her team have trained thousands of wedding and hospitality professionals from 20 countries on the nuances of LGBTQ weddings towards a vision of an inclusive industry where all couples feel safe and supported. GayWeddings is the leading site dedicated to providing wedding inspiration, wedding planning resources, networking and support to engaged couples, their loved ones and wedding professionals since 1999. Powered by WeddingWire and led by publisher Kathryn Hamm, one of the nation's leading LGBTQ wedding experts, GayWeddings offers one the largest and most comprehensive directories of approximately 150,000 LGBTQ- friendly wedding professionals. WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Across WeddingWire's mobile and web platforms, consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses; businesses are provided with technology resources to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and other management tools. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings.

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