GayWeddings.com Offers Most Comprehensive LGBT-Friendly Directory Of Wedding Professionals
ARLINGTON, VA – January 18, 2011 – GayWeddings.com, the pioneering online wedding resource and boutique for same sex couples, and WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, announce its collaboration to provide the most comprehensive database of LGBT-friendly wedding professionals.
WeddingWire is powering the local vendor directory and reviews on GayWeddings.com, allowing engaged couples to find over 20,000 LGBT-friendly vendors across the country.
WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com, both based in the Nation’s capital area, have a shared foundation and dedication to provide simple and convenient tools and resources for couples planning their commitment to one another. Wedding professionals will have the opportunity to expand and reach couples planning same-sex marriages, civil unions and commitment ceremonies by selecting, within their business profiles, that they service same-sex couples.
“WeddingWire welcomes GayWeddings.com to the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “The collaboration between our two leading sites provides additional support and resources to engaged, same-sex couples in their planning process. As innovators in the wedding industry, WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com strive to empower engaged couples and enhance their planning experience.”
“After so many years of laboring to bring more recognition, resources, and services to same-sex couples, we are thrilled with the partnership of WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com,” said Kathryn Hamm, President, GayWeddings.com.
“This union not only allows us to offer the most comprehensive and refined LGBT-friendly vendor resources to our couples, but it also marks a day of inclusion — without asterisk — for gays and lesbians in the mainstream wedding market.”
Says company founder and straight mom, Gretchen Hamm, “It is truly a huge step toward fulfilling my dream for relationship recognition for my daughter and her partner, but also for the thousands of same sex couples for whom this company was built and for whom our efforts have been and will continue to be dedicated.”
While planning a wedding for daughter Kathryn in 1999, Gretchen Hamm was frustrated by the lack of resources available to same-sex couples and thus founded TwoBrides.com and TwoGrooms.com – the first such online boutiques to cater to the GLBT community – that same year. In 2005, the mother-daughter team acquired GayWeddings.com, solidifying its position as the largest resource of its kind at the forefront of the burgeoning same-sex wedding industry. Based in Dallas, Texas and Arlington, Virginia, GayWeddings.com serves the under-served LGBT community with its community forum, national gay-friendly vendor directory, wedding planning seminars, consultation services, free planning articles and “Wed Pages,” personalized customer service and its online boutique, which features hard-to-find gay wedding items including certificates, invitations, cake tops, albums, guest books, personalized accessories and more. Through advocacy, relationship building and education, GayWeddings.com continues to affect change in the wedding marketplace.
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).