For Wedding Planners, Same-Sex Marriage Could Be a Boon to Business

Monday, June 20, 2011

As politicians in Albany wrangle over same-sex marriage, those in the business of nuptials are bracing a boom.

Wedding planners and events coordinators are keeping close watch on the closed-door Senate proceedings since legalizing same-sex marriage could add $210 million to New York state's economy, according to a 2007 report from New York City Comptroller William Thompson.

"We're really kind of on edge just hoping that this thing will pass through," said Jose Rolon, media events coordinator at The Foundry, a popular wedding venue in Long Island City. He said business would double if same-sex marriage were legal.

"I think once this becomes legal, I think the community will just jump on (the venue) because it's such a unique, interesting space," said Rolan, who had his own ceremony at the Foundry last year after his legal marriage to his husband in Boston.

Bernadette Coveney Smith, founder of gay wedding planning company 14 Stories, opened shop in 2004, when Massachusetts legalized gay marriage, and now, contingent on the bill passing in New York, she said she would open a New York office.

"The wedding industry is so straight and has been for years,” she said. "And so really, this is an emerging market. ... The first emerging market that's opening in the wedding industry for decades."

"I mean I think it’s just really going to blow up," Smith said. "Couples are really looking for someone who will be their advocate and hold their hand."


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Mike from NYC

I have been supporting the same sex marriage since the beginning of the battle over legalize or not arguments of the matter. We spoke up loudly, as a result we came to the end and won the battle, a natural result, on behalf of all gays, lesbians and the supporters of same sex marriage which is an indisputable reality, as a family member of a lesbian sister, who is getting married to her same sex partner in June-2012.

Today, I received the first gay couple proposal on my horse drawn carriage in Central Park. I have been waiting to see the happy tears of gay couples who loved and dedicated each others, but had no chance to end-up kneeling and asking "would you marry me"... I saw it today, finally! I wouldn' t worry about it even if I pass away tomorrow, since I saw these days on behalf of the same sex couples. It is a very important matter for me as a sibling of a lesbian sister.

Tonight, I saw the happy tears! I saw the kneeling! I heard the question "will you marry me"! I heard the answer "yes"! I saw the equal opportunity to tie the lives each other, for good!... The most emotional part of the event was, I and my horse became a part of the beginning of their the happiest moment.

My first gay couple proposed tonight, initiated an idea that, it would be an excellent and the first equal opportunity to offer proposal services to gay couples on the horse drawn carriages, as it was being offered to straight couples for 158 years in Central Park. It is now time to spread this opportunity equally to same sex couples.

The reason why I am writing this letter to you is that, I would like to invite you and your friends or family or business collages, up to 4 adults that we are allowed to carry, for a dinner, then after to a horse carriage ride through Central Park. I would like to introduce you the corners of the beauty of Central Park where I stop my carriage for proposal rides, let the couples take the most important time of their engagement to a marriage; that repeats at least 4-5 times a week. I would like to ask your ideas how you would like to see my carriage for a proposal ride to gay couples.

I have been offering my business to my customers for seven years and I have great foot steps behind me. I have great references that I can reveal on our dinner.

If you think this may be a great idea to offer a unique and economically affordable option to your clients as the same sex couples, please shoot me an email, so we can meet and share further of what we can do together.

Although we never considered the same sex marriage as a profitable and economic opportunity, it is now a reality that it successfully became an industry. Why wouldn't we keep supporting our friends who were with us shoulder to shoulder in this battle since the beginning, as we may be the first initiators of the industry as a part of the wedding planning.


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Jul. 01 2011 04:39 AM
Laura from Madison, WI

This is a great article! I am a wedding planner in Madison, WI and planning on expanding our market to same-sex couples.

Thanks for sharing!

Laura Ursin
Wedding Consultant
Brides On A Budget

Jun. 21 2011 03:50 PM
tom from long island city

Think of the CATHOLIC COUNTRIES: France, Italy, Spain... the most Romantic places and not uptight about sex at all! Prof. Salzman is incorrect to make the blanket statement that Catholics are uncomfortable with sexuality.

Jun. 21 2011 10:28 AM
Liann from Bay Area, Calif.


Jun. 20 2011 06:17 PM

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