Will the Church’s wedding announcement impact Utah’s wedding economy?

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Weddings are a 70 million dollar industry here in Utah, and Monday’s announcement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could shift that number. 

Meagan Crafts Price works in the hospitality industry; about a quarter of Culinary Crafts business goes to weddings, but before that, she was a bride herself. 

Price said, “I was one of those brides who half my family couldn’t come, couldn’t attend the ceremony with me, and it was hard.” Only worthy members of the Church can go into the temple to view wedding ceremonies. Meagan says this change could inspire more brides to do a separate ceremony where more friends and family can attend. That could translate into more professionals involved in a wedding. 

Price said, “When you have the opportunity to do a civil ceremony, it becomes a big deal and you need the expertise, well who manages the rings, who starts the music, what’s the procession like? do you have a rehearsal dinner, do you have a walk-through of what it’s going to look like?”

Brigham Young owns Salt Lake Bride, a wedding planning website. He believes that while we may see more civil ceremonies, it will probably be a slight change. 

Young said, “Families generally have more than one child so it’s tough to spend 35 thousand on a wedding over and over.”

The average cost of a wedding here in Utah is somewhere in the 15-27 thousand dollar range and last year there were almost 26 thousand weddings. 

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