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Same-Sex Couple Pay More of Their Wedding Bills Than Straight Couples

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Same-sex couples are more likely to pay for the majority of a wedding themselves, according to a survey by wedding site and gay news source The Advocate.

According to the survey, released last week, a large majority -- 86 percent -- paid for the wedding themselves, compared with 40 percent of straight couples. The survey also found same-sex couples are more likely to evenly split wedding planning responsibilities -- more than half (55 percent) split the planning evenly, compared to just 19 percent of their straight counterparts.

Diane Anderson-Minshall, editor-at-large with The Advocate, said the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a "great opportunity" for wedding businesses.

Twelve states and Washington, D.C., permit same-sex couples to marry.

Anderson-Minshall said she was not surprised by the survey finding that same-sex couples pay for their own weddings more frequently, as opposed to the traditional model of couples' asking parents to chip in for the big day.

"When you have same-sex couples, regardless of the configuration, those people have not had the same support from their families and same relationship recognition that straight couples do have," she said.

Anderson-Minshall, 45, of California, married a woman 22 years ago who is now a man. They have had five wedding ceremonies.

Whether same-sex couples call the big day a commitment ceremony or wedding, often, "families are not seeing it that way," she said.

Anja Winikka, site director of, said for all couples, the older they are, the more likely they will pay for a wedding themselves and spend more money than younger couples.

Winikka said the wedding industry, for the most part, is dominated by local businesses, many of which target the same-sex market.

"Adding more couples into the pool of engaged couples is positive, obviously, and indicates that the weddings industry can only look to gain," she said.

Hotel chains, honeymoon destinations and other vendors have long marketed to same-sex couples.

The Knot launched its first free digital magazine devoted to same-sex weddings June 24 with two cover versions: one with a female couple and another with a male couple. The magazine's sponsor is spirits brand St. Germain.

Traffic to doubled last week after the Supreme Court's DOMA decision; and a similar increase in traffic to the website took place after New York allowed same-sex civil unions in the state.

Retailer Target is running banner ads on geared toward gay and lesbian couples.

Mark Novak, vice president of, said the DOMA ruling had a ripple effect across the country, pointing to a doubling in size of San Francisco's Gay Days Celebration annual event.

"This growth is going to continue, especially in regards to honeymoon travel," Novak said. "LGBT-friendly destinations like Las Vegas, Key West and Napa and Sonoma are going to quickly see a huge increase in the number of honeymoon travelers visiting, while travel to destinations like Orlando and New York will certainly increase, but more slowly."

While business interest in same-sex weddings has been heightened by the Supreme Court's decision, The Advocate's Anderson-Minshall says the real boom in same-sex weddings will likely take place in a year, after couples get engaged and plan their weddings.

"What we have now is nothing like what we are going to have in a year," she said.

But Anderson-Minshall cautions that businesses should refrain from stereotyping same-sex couples and their weddings.

"Stop thinking of them as gay weddings and just think of them as weddings where both people are either male or female. A wedding is a wedding," she said.

"What we want is really what everyone else has had."

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Getting Married Can Be an Expensive Proposition

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In 2012, U.S. couples, on average, spent more than $28,000 on their wedding.  And that doesn’t count the honeymoon.

The Manhattan borough of New York City earns the title of the most expensive place to get married.  Couples, on average, shelled out $76,687 to tie the knot in the Big Apple.

The least expensive place to get married in the U.S. in 2012 was Alaska.  Folks up there spent, on average, $15,504 on their nuptials.

The figures are from a survey conducted by XO Group Inc., the company behind the wedding websites and  The survey involved more than 17,500 U.S. brides married in 2012.

2012 Wedding Statistics:

  • Average Wedding Budget: $28,427 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,678 average spent
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Alaska, $15,504 average spent
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,211
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 139
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (17%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (33%), Purple (26%), Green (23%), Metallics (23%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

Based on average wedding spending in 2012, these are the areas around the U.S. where couples spent the most on their weddings:

  • New York City (Manhattan): $76,687
  • Chicago, IL: $49,810
  • New York Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs): $49,002, $46,300, $39,602
  • Northern/Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey: $48,496, $35,375
  • Rhode Island: $47,399
  • Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA: $42,319
  • Boston, MA: $39,239
  • Philadelphia, PA: $38,369
  • Connecticut: $38,009
  • San Francisco, CA: $35,344
  • Los Angeles, CA: $35,308
  • San Diego and Orange County/Inland Empire, CA: $34,136, $33,848
  • Baltimore, MD: $33,366
  • Washington, DC/Northern Virginia/suburban Maryland: $33,118
  • Houston, TX: $31,978
  • Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $31,288
  • Savannah, GA: $30,618
  • Sacramento/Reno/Tahoe: $30,458
  • Hawaii: $29,636
  • Illinois: $29,489

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Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most people know about the prenuptial agreements that many couples sign before they walk down the aisle.  But a new survey finds 51 percent of matrimonial attorneys are citing an increase in postnuptial contracts during the past three years.

Forty-two percent of the attorneys surveyed find husbands to be the party most often seeking a postnup, while 10 percent say it’s the wives who make the request.  Forty-eight percent of the lawyers noted no difference between the two sides.

In addition, 36 percent of the lawyers surveyed have noticed an increase in women requesting a postnup.

Postnups can cover a wide variety of issues, including finances, property, assets, children, spousal support and probate matters.

The survey involved 1,600 attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mark Zuckerberg Marries Priscilla Chan

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan on Saturday, two days after the social networking site had the biggest tech IPO in history and five days after the bride graduated from medical school.

The wedding was announced, of course, on his Facebook page, along with a photo of the happy couple, and in less than an hour nearly 200,000 people had “liked” the news.

Zuckerberg, 28, and Chan, 27, who met nine years ago at Harvard, married in a small ceremony in the backyard of his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday, the same day Zuckerberg turned 28.

A guest authorized to speak by the couple said there were fewer than 100 people at the ceremony, and they all thought they were there to celebrate Chan’s graduation.

Zuckerberg designed the simple ruby wedding ring himself, and Chan had not seen it before the ceremony, the guest said.

The couple had been planning the ceremony for four or five months, the guest said.

The wedding feast came from the couple’s favorite Palo Alto restaurants, Palo Alto Sol and Fuki Sushi, and for dessert they had Burdick Chocolate “mice,” which Chan and Zuckerberg had on their first date.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Wedding Bells Ring at Occupy Philadelphia Movement 

File photo. Photodisc/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Occupy Wall Street movements across the country have spawned spectacles of all sorts: raucous bongo drum circles, performance art and, now, a wedding at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment.

Alicia Nauss, 24, met Adam Hill, 27, 32 days ago, when they both showed up to staff the information tent on the first day of Occupy Philadelphia Oct. 6. They’ve been together ever since and tied the knot Sunday.

Now Nauss and Hill plan to tour Occupy Wall Street locations in other cities on their honeymoon, starting with Norristown, Pa., Hill’s hometown.

“There’s only about 20 guys down there right now,” Hill said of the fledgling Norristown movement. “We’ll be trying to boost morale and talk to them, to give them some inspiration with our story.”

This is Nauss’ second marriage. Her daughter, Rhys, 2, looked on as Baptist minister and local philosophy professor Michael Pierce pronounced the couple husband and wife Sunday afternoon.

About 150 people attended the wedding, which came together with the support of Nauss and Hill’s friends in the movement. Before the ceremony, Nauss composed herself in a public restroom near the encampment and walked out in a donated David’s bridal gown to meet her groom.

Nauss looks forward to a fresh start as a “new family,” she said. But for now the future is uncertain. Nauss knows she wants to travel to other Occupy encampments to boost morale, but when and where she and Hill can travel will depend on their financial circumstances.

Nauss, living on unemployment relief, said she was fired from a job as a sales coordinator for a corporation after she joined the Occupy Philadelphia movement.

Regardless of financial difficulties, Nauss said, she hopes her story will inspire other protesters. “[On our honeymoon] we would be going around getting our story out there and encouraging people.”

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Hurricane Irene Hampers Weekend Travel Plans, Weddings

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- States of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irene's expected assault on the East Coast this weekend have led to busted plans likely to affect businesses and travelers' wallets.

Travelers are scrambling to change airplane and train tickets while hotels deal with cancelled reservations.

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and counties in South Carolina have declared states of emergency.

Andy Fink, an evening manager at the Dayton House Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said the effect of Hurricane Irene is not yet as harsh as that of Hurricane Charley in 2004, when the resort had to implement a mandatory evacuation of its guests.  But even with the area on watch for a tropical storm, there have been nearly 20 cancelled reservations in two days.

Fink said many of his guests were from New Jersey and many checked out to return home ahead of the storm.

At the beginning of the week, the resort, which has a seven-day cancellation policy and a non-refundable deposit, gave guests who wanted to cancel their reservations full refunds, with a $20 service fee for staff services and credit card processing.

Erica Jackson, a guest at the resort from Bristol, Tennessee, planned to have her dream beach wedding through the Myrtle Beach Wedding Chapel on Friday and stay in town until Sunday.  Instead, her family decided to push the wedding to Wednesday evening and drove back to Tennessee on Thursday.

The resort agreed to give her credit for future use for the block of rooms she reserved.

Ashley Martin, the chapel manager, said out of five weddings scheduled for Saturday, two couples postponed until a later date, one couple cancelled completely, and two couples planned to proceed as scheduled.

There were at least 448 expected weddings this weekend in north and central New Jersey, 401 in North Carolina, 264 in Virginia, 264 in Connecticut, 209 in South Carolina, and 151 in South Jersey, according to The Knot Wedding Network.

If the hurricane hits those areas, chances are couples will have to reschedule, postpone or cancel their cerimonies, said Amy Eisinger, associate editor of, which is owned by The Knot.

Items like rental equipment, lighting, draping and tents will most likely not be eligible for refunds, Eisinger said.

She recommended couples invest in wedding insurance, which can cost around $350, to cover loss of photos, video, rings, deposits, attire, and presents in the case of high-risk wedding dates, situations and locations.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Average Wedding Cost Drops to $26,501

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Though June, one of the most popular months for weddings, is nearing its end, the summer wedding season is far from over.  And as couples tie the knot this year, they appear to be doing more with less.

The average wedding cost dipped to $26,501 in 2011, according to Brides magazine's 2011 American Wedding Study.  In 2009, the last time the survey was published, the cost of a wedding was $28,082.

This wasn't a scientific survey of all American weddings.  The 2,985 respondents to the survey were women 18 and over, engaged or married within the year who responded between April 15 and April 28.  Those surveyed visited or were Brides magazine subscribers.

Brides and grooms who are nervous about the shaky economy are breaking traditions and spending less on their engagement events and wedding day.

Despite some signs of a modest economic recovery, many couples may still not feel confident about their financial situation.  And many are opting to spend or give their money in other places.

Sally Kilbridge, deputy editor of Brides magazine, said most couples start to determine their wedding budget just after they get engaged.

"Since wedding budgets are set very early in the game, that decrease in the cost of weddings for 2011 actually reflects a decrease in what people were budgeting 18 months earlier, when the economic recovery hadn't taken hold," she said.  "Having said that, couples are a lot more thoughtful today about how they're spending their money -- when you're not sure about your job and your future, you're much less likely to go into debt."

Take the engagement, for example.  The average cost of an engagement ring is $4,647, down 27 percent from 2009, the last time the magazine conducted the survey.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Celebrate Your Wedding at McDonald's

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(HONG KONG) -- Several McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong will soon be offering the ultimate Happy Meal to couples: catered wedding receptions.

The experience costs just a few hundred dollars and includes party balloons, kiddie party favors for guests, a baked apple pie wedding cake and catering from the restaurant’s menu.  Alcohol will not be allowed, but guests will be able to toast to the couple’s happiness with soft drinks.

McDonald’s Hong Kong executive Helen Cheung tells the South China Morning Post the company decided to offer wedding packages at three locations, beginning January 1, after a couple tied the knot at a McDonald’s where they met and others inquired about a similar experience.

Cheung says the McDonald’s locations will also be accepting reservations for engagement and wedding anniversary parties.´╗┐

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