Wedding expo caters to LGBT couples

(WISH Photo/Drew Blair)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Couples looking to soon tie the knot were able to meet with a lot of the area’s top wedding vendors on Saturday.

The Indiana LGBT Wedding Expo was held Saturday at Regions Tower in downtown Indianapolis for the second year. Organizers said last year’s event was success and it proved to be a win/win for the couples and businesses.

The expo invited all couples, but focused on the LGBT community.

More than 50 LGBT-friendly exhibitors were at the expo showcasing their services. The specialties included flowers, photography, formal attire, food, honeymoons, and much more.

It’s estimated more than 2,000 same-sex couples get married each year in the Indiana. Expo organizers said marriage equality makes for market growth.

Colleen Sanders of Bokay Florist said, “We’ve seen an increase in our overall wedding business, which includes a diverse group of couples.” Sanders added, “Our same-sex couples have found the new law liberating and we celebrate and welcome them with open arms. The Indiana LGBT Wedding Expo is a great avenue for building relationships with the LGBT community and for couples to experience all aspects of wedding preparation.”

“Same-sex couples are a diverse group whose preferences run the gamut from simple, low-key ceremonies to elaborate affairs,” said Leslie Swathwood of Circle City Expos, who produces the Indiana LGBT Wedding Expo with her husband, Jason. Swathwood added, “We try hard to put on a quality event that serves the needs of the couples, their families, and the vendors who want to serve them and to make sure everyone has a good time in the process.”

Couple paid $10 at the door ($8 online) to attend the Indiana LGBT Wedding Expo.

Circle City Expo also produces the Bloomington Bride Show, which will take place on September 18. Click here for more info.

The Indianapolis Bridal Expo is in October.

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