A Year After The Legalisation Of Same-Sex Weddings, The Industry Is Booming
Independent MP Alex Greenwich saw the same sex marriage debate come to a head, before finally ending from the stalls above the floor of the House of Representatives in Canberra. He described the experience as overwhelming, saying that a lot of people have been advocating for marriage equality, and now, it’s a relief that the campaign is done, and couples can now get married.
The wedding industry, including many a Sydney wedding planner, and wedding photographers, have felt the benefits of marriage equality. Greenwich says that love won, and the Aussie wedding industry has not been complaining. He reports that, since the marriage equality legislation got passed by the parliament, about 5,500 same sex couples have gotten married, which amounts to about 100 a week. The average cost of a wedding in Australia, he says, is $20,000, which means that these weddings add up.
Many a Sydney wedding planner, and other people in the wedding industry have experienced the benefits, like photographer Frank Farrugia. According to Farrugia, the legalisation of same sex marriage led to same sex couples from overseas coming to the countries in order to have their ceremonies.
He says that he’s been contacted by couples from across the region and nearby Asia; from Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea and the like. Farragio describes recent months as a time where same sex couples come to Sydney to have their ceremonies on the harbour, with Farragio’s schedule growing as a result.
Following the bill allowing same sex marriage in Australia passing, Farragio says that his bookings skyrocketed, resulting in half his calendar already being booked for 2019, on top of his 2020 calendar receiving bookings this early.
In order to keep up with all the demand, Farragio says he’s had to hire help; three additional photographers on a contract basis, who’ll be assisting him with double bookings as well as the bigger bookings that need an extra photographer during the event.
Marriage celebrants have also had their hands full following the legislation. One of them, Melissa Soncini says that, despite the legalization, there’s still some work needed to be done for complete acceptance.
According to her, she’s done weddings that are a bit private due to the couple’s fear of being looked at and judged by the public. She doesn’t get it, she says, saying that marriage is marriage, and that two people in a loving, committed relationship should be able to enjoy and celebrate their love with their family and friends.