• As of December 2013 1,572 same-sex couples were married in Maine, as reported by The Department of Vital Records of Maine.
• The economic impact for states offering civil unions or domestic partnerships is considerably less than those offering marriage. 76% of couples receiving a civil union or domestic partnership did not have a traditional wedding with ceremony and reception. The economic impact of same-sex couples getting legally married is three times greater than those receiving a civil union or domestic partnership, because married couples are far more likely to have a reception with guests or their receptions have a greater number of guests.
• There have been about 114,00 legal gay marriages in the U.S. in the states where it is legal.
• Gay and lesbian couples spent $70 billion on travel last year, according to the San Francisco based market research firm Community Marketing Inc.
• Nationwide, gay and lesbian buying power has been estimated at $854 billion in 2011, according to a Witeck-Combs/Packaged Facts survery.
• In June 2006 Forbes estimated that gay marriages can potentially boost the overall wedding industry by $9.5 billion per year. $259 million was spent in New York City during the first year of same-sex marriage. There are 646,000 same-sex couples living together in the U.S., according to the latest Census.
• Unmarried same-sex couples in the United States had an average household income of $103,980, according to the U.S. Census, while unmarried heterosexual couples had an average household income of $62,857.
• Female same-sex couples spend more on their weddings than male same-sex couples. For those already married, female same-sex couples spent 15% more than the men.
• In every category tested, female same-sex couples were more likely to participate in “wedding ceremony traditions” than the men. For example 66% of women purchase engagement rings vs. 19% of men. Also female same-sex couples are far more likely follow wedding traditions such as rehearsal dinners or first dances at the reception.
• 76% of same-sex couples feel it is important to work with LGBT-friendly businesses when planning their wedding.
• 24% of same-sex couples used a religious leader as their officiant and only 12% of same-sex marriages were held in religious spaces.
• 67% of newly engaged same-sex couples have emotional support around their marriage from their parents compared to only 47% of those already married. Female same-sex couples indicated more emotional support from friends, family and peers than male same-sex couples.
• 84% of male couples and 73% of female couples are paying for the wedding themselves.
• Legalizing marriage equality in the entire United States is important to 98% of same-sex couples.
• Engaged same-sex couples are projecting an average of 80 guests at their weddings
• 78% of male couples and 59% of female couples entered the ceremony space with their partner as opposed to being escorted by someone.
• 36% of lesbian couples had one partner in a suit and one in a dress; 27% had two dresses and 8% had two suits.
• 30% of same-sex couples do not have a wedding party/attendants.
• 17% of male couples and 35% of female had a bachelor/ette party.
• 9% of male couples and 29% of female had a wedding shower.
• 72% want vendors with LGBT inclusive language, and 69% LGBT inclusive photos.
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