Now that California has joined other states allowing same sex marriages, there is more opportunity than ever to get into the gay wedding business. A recent study has shown New Jersey alone will make over $102 million a year off gay weddings. Gay marriages require the same things as heterosexual marriages, but with a twist that affects many aspects of the wedding, including:
- cake toppers – two men or two women needs to be atop the cake
- guest books
- gay friendly honeymoon packages
- wedding attire – either two tuxes or two dresses
The websites twobrides.com and twogrooms.com was started in 1999 when Gretchen Hamm wanted to help her lesbian daughter get married. She had difficulty finding wedding supplies at her local gay bookstore in Dallas, Tx. Apparently gay wedding supplies didn’t exist back then. Gretchen’s friend suggested she start a website twobrides.com and Gretchen immediately started to work on the website, with a goal of having “mother approved shopping sites for same sex weddings”.
In January 2005, Gretchen’s daughter Kathryn took over the site so that Gretchen could focus her time on being a spokesmom for gay and lesbian couples.
Gayweddings.com was started in 1999 by KC David. KC had a friend whose partner died, and within days his partner’s family had taken everything from him, including his dogs, house and business. Even though they were together fourteen years, the partner was not even allowed to attend the funeral because there was no legal paperwork of their relationship. This story inspired KC to start the website, and soon it became the most popular and complete site to offer information on gay marriages.
In 2005, Kathryn and Gretchen acquired gayweddings.com, and the three sites are now under the direction of KC David.
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