FOLLOWING months of preparation, Brisbane’s historic CBD riverside venue Customs House has witnessed a steady rise in enquires for same-sex marriages, accelerating since legislation late last year.
“The community is still cautious, however pent-up demand from the LGBTIQ community will certainly drive gains across hospitality, arts and recreation, retail and professional services in the first half of this year,” Customs House director Brian Roberts predicted.
According to Mr Roberts, Customs House’s staging of the upcoming Wedding Showcase on February 7 is part of its celebration of LGBTIQ diversity in the wedding industry.
“Customs House not only offers traditional charm but also creativity and flexibility as our point of difference with weddings for all committed couples,” Mr Roberts said.
“We have seen a growing trend for individuality and creativity as an early trend with enquiries from same-sex weddings so far.
“Smaller guest lists, more intimate affairs – selective and spoilt – that is certainly a hot trend for 2018,” Mr Roberts said.
“The average guest list has been between 110 and 130 guests for a reception and we’re starting to see guest counts closer to 70-90 guests.
“Couples are opting to invite fewer guests and spend those extra dollars on more personal touches and unique experience for their guests,” Mr Roberts said.
Bracing for the demand in individuality and creativity for all couples considering an upcoming wedding, Customs House will stage The One – which he described as “a refreshing alternative to the traditional wedding expo” – showcasing a handpicked collection of sought-after vendors from the wedding industry participating in an exclusive bells-and-whistles soiree at Customs House.
The annual Wedding Showcase on February 7 from 5.30pm to 8pm, is designed to offer a unique opportunity for all wedding parties including brides, grooms and same-sex couples to celebrate marriage equality. Guests will be able to sample wines and canapes, meet experts of the industry and view current trends and styles of catering.
“The wedding industry needs to adjust to avoid putting off potential clients and coming across as an inclusive industry,” Mr Roberts said.