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World’s First Gay Wedding Certification Course Available

BOSTON, MA. – February 24, 2011 – A year ago, 14 Stories, the first wedding planning firm in the U.S. to specialize in same-sex weddings, opened the 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute (GWI).  The GWI is now proud to introduce the world’s first gay wedding certification course for those in the hospitality industry.  This three week webinar course begins on March 9.

Several hundred wedding professionals from around the country have already heard 14 Stories GWI President Bernadette Coveney Smith speak at national events such as Engage! and The Special Event Show.  This new certification course is open to everyone in the industry – and attendees can participate directly from their office.
The certification course digs deep in the world of LGBT weddings and explores data, trends, traditions, laws, marketing and more. Participants will receive homework, a resource guide and quizzes.  Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate, a Gay Wedding Institute certification badge for their materials and promotion on 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 LGBT weddings set to skyrocket over the next decade, there are many ways for companies to generate revenue 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 business.

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Space is limited for the Gay Wedding Certification course.  To register or for more information, visit
14 Stories is led by President Bernadette Coveney Smith.  Bernadette is a nationwide gay wedding expert and producer of hundreds of same-sex weddings.  The 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute is the nation’s first same-sex wedding research institute and think tank. Bernadette is also author of a new book for engaged LGBT couples, Gay Wedding Confidential.


Bernadette Coveney Smith


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