Freedom to marry law gives a boost to wedding business

Posted by Jason Claffey on

"Wedding businesses were just as excited as equal rights groups when the freedom to marry became legal in the Granite State earlier this year.

"It opened up a new market during one of the worst economic periods the country has ever seen.

"Some of those businesses attended the third annual Same Love, Same Rights wedding expo for same-sex couples Sunday at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel. The event was organized by the Rainbow Wedding Network, an Asheville, North Carolina-based organization that provides wedding services to same-sex couples.

"Founder Cindy Sproul said the marriage equality wedding industry has exploded in recent years as more and more states legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

"About 22 businesses from New Hampshire and surrounding states set up shop at the expo, providing couples with information about their services. About 200 people attended the free event that was open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

"'Couples can walk in and find a room full of businesses eager to work with them on their weddings,' Sproul said. 'There's no awkwardness.'

"Heather Dexter and her fiance, Nicole Robbins, of Portland, Maine, came to look for photographers, caterers and jewelry. They plan on getting married next year in September. Dexter popped the question at a lighthouse last month."

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