Historic supreme court ruling giving a boost to wedding industry
(Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Following yesterday's historic Supreme Court ruling, more same sex couples are expected to tie the knot than ever before.
Local wedding planners are expecting an economic windfall from same-sex couples walking down the isle in greater numbers.
This year in the Tri-State alone an estimated 17,000 couples are expected to get married including a growing number of gay couples.
Now with the Supreme Court's blessings same sex marriages could be worth $2.5 billion in the first three years. That's an economic pie wedding planner Stacey Shiring wants a slice of.
“We are incredibly excited. The LGBT community has been wonderful to us,” Shiring said.
Shiring owns Creative Invites and Events and she says she expects to be planning even more same sex weddings.
“We just see that it's going to be a great explosion in our community and in our wedding population to be able to see them come up and feel more open and more welcome to be able to enter this beautiful world of weddings and we can't wait,” Shiring said.
Located in the Reading Wedding district Shiring says Creative Invites and Events is a one-stop shop for couples planning to tie the knot from venues to florists to formal wear.
“Our same-sex couples are no different. They seem to want the same exact things and they don't want you to treat them any different and that's what I think is really important is that you're just sharing in the excitement and love,” Shiring said.
Hair and makeup artist Chelsea Belleman says weddings are one of the happiest events of a lifetime, but they can also be emotional.
“We basically get to celebrate the day with them. We get to be the fun calming pampering part of their day and so it will be exciting to now have two brides that we get to pamper in one day,” Belleman said.
Or two grooms who want to look just right for their walk down the isle. Shring says there are plenty of companies who are eager to get their business.
“We absolutely love working with our same sex couples and being able to really find them the vendors that they're going to know and feel comfortable with,” Belleman said.
The group citizens for community values acknowledges there are companies who don't agree with the high court's decision, but for now those companies will be in for a legal fight if they don't comply with the law.