Editor’s Letter, Weddings 2016

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s historic 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, there’s no better time to be in the wedding business. Don’t believe me? Check out the stats we pulled together (“LGBTQ Wedding Jewelry: The Breakdown”), a result of our annual collaboration with The Knot, whose 2016 LGBTQ Weddings Study offers a clear indication of the same-sex community’s spending power. Not only are same-sex couples devoting as much money to rings as heterosexual couples (men in the LGBTQ study plunked down an average of $5,719, while men in the 2015 Real Weddings Study spent $5,978), but they are also embracing matrimonial traditions, such as asking a family’s permission for a partner’s hand in marriage, says The Knot executive editor Kristen Maxwell Cooper. Check out our Q&A with her (“The LGBTQ Factor”) for additional insights into the study and wedding trends

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