Same-Sex Marriage to Add $60 Million Boost to Virginia
Wedding bells are expected to be busy ringing throughout Northern Virginia — and the rest of the state — for same-sex couples after the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for the nuptials.
Carol Schall and Mary Townley had challenged Virginia’s ban after their California marriage was not recognized in their home state.
They recently stood outside a Richmond courthouse to talk about what this means.
“For the first time legally in Virginia I can say that I’m here with my wife, Mary,” Schall tells The Washington Post. “I don’t think there’s any more profound statement, yet any more simple statement than for me to say that.”
Allowing same-sex couples to marry is expected to generate $60 million in spending for the state's economy.
For those interested in obtaining a local marriage license in Arlington County, you should go to the Circuit Court clerk’s office from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1425 N. Courthouse Rd.
With the legalities out of the way, it’s now time to plan the wedding, which is where local wedding planners can help.
The wedding date and venue for the ceremony and reception are among your first decisions.
After that, there’s the cake and other food, guest list, invitations, photographer, flowers and more.
Experts recommend that in preparing for your big day:
• Allow plenty of time to plan and decide on details;
• Document everything, including phone calls;
• Insist on detailed contracts;
• Avoid paying in full upfront
• Pay with a credit card and only as services are rendered.
If you’re planning your own wedding, you’ll need to hire a host of professionals, such as caterers, florists, hair stylists and others.
Those planning to use D.C.'s monuments as a backdrop for professional photos better be prepared to shell out some cash for permits.