Sacramentans are invited to celebrate California’s regained right to same-sex marriage at the LGBT Wedding Expo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, August 13, at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center (http://saccenter.org/).
The LGBT Wedding Expo (http://SacLGBTWeddingExpo.com) will showcase area vendors who want to market their products and services to the many same-sex couples expected to marry in the coming months. As of Friday, Aug. 9, all vendor slots had been sold out.
“Wedding business is good business for everybody,” said Outword Media CEO and event organizer Fred Palmer. “The legalization of same-sex marriage will bring revenue into our state and region.”
The festive event will include a fashion show of same-sex wedding couture presented by House of Fashion; live entertainment by Roni & The Flight, battling DJs; free wine and hors d’oeuvres tastings; free raffle prizes; and educational workshops on estate planning, taxes, prenuptial agreements and other financial and legal issues affecting same-sex couples. The event will even incorporate a Singles Mixer for those who haven’t yet met Mr. or Ms. Right! Attendance is free and open to the public, with ample free parking available. The event is presented by Outword Media Marketing Events, Details Details Event & Conference Planning and Red Lion Hotel Woodlake.
“Whether you’re thinking of getting married or not, we hope everyone in the LGBT community and our straight allies will come out and celebrate with us the freedom to do so,” Palmer said. “And who doesn’t like a good party?
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling overturning Proposition 8, a 2008 anti-gay ballot measure that stripped Californians of the right to marry a partner of the same gender. In wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning the ban, an estimated 37,000 California same-sex couples are expected to marry over the next three years, according to UCLA’s Williams Institute.
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association estimates the average cost of a same-sex wedding at $9,039, and the average economic impact of each same-sex wedding is estimated at $31,947. The additional business revenue generated by same-sex weddings over the next three years in California is projected to be $492 million, with an estimated $46 million in additional fees and taxes for state and local governments.
Kelli Hannaford of Details Details, co-producer of the annual Sacramento Pride Festival, and a straight supporter of LGBT equality, said it has been heartbreaking to know committed same-sex couples that wanted to marry but were prevented from doing so by the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008. “Being part of the community as this struggle for equal rights has gone on has been life-changing,” she said. “Now I can’t wait to go to a fabulous gay wedding!”
A key highlight of the LGBT Wedding Expo will be a Same-Sex Wedding Fashion Show presented by House of Fashion Bridal Salon, a family-owned business established in 1960 and now serving a third generation of Sacramento-area brides. The first of three fashion shows will begin at 6 p.m., followed by two more shows during the evening. All of the gowns shown will be from nationally and internationally known bridal gown designers. Models will be local Sacramento area residents, including members of the LGBT community.
“We will feature many different types of fashions ranging from civil to couture,” said House of Fashion Manager Jen Davis-Murai. “Every couple—straight or same-sex—does something different for their weddings, which is where our store comes in. We want to help our customers bring their vision to life.
“We are hoping that same sex marriages will be great for business,” said Davis-Murai. “Being that we are a bridal salon, we are in love with love, and we are excited to help all of the newly engaged same-sex couples with their long awaited special day!
For more information about the Sacramento LGBT Wedding Expo, visit http://SacLGBTWeddingExpo.com.
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