'Couples can now plan the wedding that they want to plan — that feels true to them.'
The Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015, changed our country forever.
Since Obergefell v. Hodges was decided last year, giving same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry across the country, thousands of LGBTQ couples have tied the knot.
And let's be real: The photographic evidence has been pretty spectacular.
Nationwide marriage equality has had an enormous effect on couples everywhere.
"Couples can now plan the wedding that they want to plan — that feels true to them," Hamm explained to Upworthy.
That wasn't necessarily the case before June of 2015, and it makes all the difference.
They can, for instance, celebrate their love in their own community (if they want to).
"Couples are now overwhelming planning their ceremonies in their home states" because they aren't forced to travel somewhere where same-sex marriage is recognized like before, according to Hamm.
She cited new research finding 77% of newlywed same-sex partners fall into this category — up big time in recent years.
There's been a sizable uptick in same-sex partners recognizing their marriages with a ceremony with guests, too.
Broader acceptance of people who are LGBTQ in recent years probably has something to do with it. Now more same-sex couples are opting in to a wedding bash as opposed to tying the knot without any hoopla.
Fortunately, marriage equality has also meant that more LGBTQ couples feel supported by the important people in their lives.
"There’s less shame, confusion, and upset for parents of LGBTQ people," Hamm noted, claiming national legal recognition of same-sex marriage may be helping more parents in accepting various sexual orientations and gender identities.
Now, 60% of LGBTQ couples report having emotional support from their moms and dads on their big day.
That's up from 45% just two years ago.
But while LGBTQ weddings may be getting more mainstream, it's still vital we approach them differently, Hamm says.
"We’re seeing more similarities than ever between opposite-sex and same-sex weddings," she said. But "that’s not to say that same-sex weddings are just the same as opposite-sex weddings."
Seeing as the wedding industry has largely been crafted around (outdated) gender norms — with the bride's dress having an even bigger role in the day than the groom, according to Hamm — vendors and wedding planners should educate themselves on how and why LGBTQ weddings may buck the traditional trends to be more inclusive.
"My hope is that we are careful to nurture how [same-sex weddings can be] different," Hamm noted. "And then allow more opportunity for non-LGBTQ couples to recognize some of the value and opportunity around creating a custom, personalized ritual to celebrate your love and commitment."
This June and always, let's make sure to remember the historic decision that made America a whole lot greater than it was before.
As President Barack Obama said on June 26, 2015, "There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect."