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2016 Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends Report

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MAJOR FINDINGS INCREASED SPEND AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FAMILY On average, same-sex couples spend approximately $1,300 on their engagement rings, with lesbian and gay women averaging upward of $2,000. Though a strong majority of same-sex couples (74%) continue to pay for all or most of the wedding costs on their own, the number receiving some financial assistance from parents is increasing. This may be attributed to the fact that families are becoming increasingly supportive of same-sex couples. The average spend on a same-sex wedding has increased 88% from 2013, in large part, because same-sex couples are now much less likely to have city hall weddings. When looking at all types of weddings, ranging from city hall events to larger receptions, the average same-sex couple has spent $11,000 compared to $15,000 for opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples spend $117 per guest, compared to $100 per guest for opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples tend to spend less overall on their weddings compared to opposite-sex couples because they invite fewer guests. Same-sex and opposite-sex couples who plan ceremonies and receptions on sites like WeddingWire and GayWeddings, are more likely to be planning larger events and report spending up to $29,000 on the wedding.

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