|BOSTON, MA. – February 24,
2011 – A year ago, 14 Stories,
the first wedding planning firm in the U.S. to specialize in same-sex
opened the 14 Stories Gay Wedding
Institute (GWI). The GWI is now
proud to introduce the world’s first gay wedding certification course
in the hospitality industry. This three
week webinar course begins on March 9.
hundred wedding professionals from around the country have already
Stories GWI President Bernadette Coveney Smith speak at national events
Engage! and The Special Event Show. This
new certification course is open to everyone in the industry – and
can participate directly from their office.
certification course digs deep in the world of LGBT weddings and
explores data, trends, traditions, laws, marketing and more.
will receive homework, a resource guide and quizzes. Upon
participants will receive a certificate, a Gay
Wedding Institute certification badge for their materials and
the GWI website.
In 2004, Forbes Magazine
reported that legalizing same-sex marriage would
boost the wedding market by $16.8 billion per year. With the number of
weddings set to skyrocket over the next decade, there are many ways for
companies to generate
from this market segment.
It’s critical to understand the lucrative, emerging same-sex wedding
market. No matter your political position - gay
weddings are good for