With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Rainbow Wedding Network’s “Same Love Same Rights” Expo in Las Vegas Sunday brought together a wide variety of LGBT-friendly businesses along with couples interested in weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals.
Many established venues and companies in the city took part in the event, being held for the third time, which was hosted at the Circus Circus Hotel and Resort. The local vendors who were involved ranged from photographers, jewelers and planners to those providing Destination Weddings and Event Facilities.
“Our resort is very open to diversity. The Expo itself went very well, we had 400 people registered and 18 vendors present,” Ernie Yuen, the Banquet and Catering Manager at Circus Circus and the President of Las Vegas Pride, told 429Magazine.
For businesses, the event gives the opportunity to show support for the LGBT community at large and successfully network. Some vendors were first-time attendees and relatively new to focusing on this market.
“This was my first Rainbow Wedding Network Expo and it was a great experience. I’m new to marketing to the LGBT community; I’ve yet to photograph a ceremony but I’m dying to do one,” Linda Quackenboss, the owner of Laughter in the Lens photography, told 429Magazine.
Patrons also made a strong attendance on Sunday, given that the expo had not taken place in Las Vegas since 2010. The short 3-hour duration meant that there was a critical mass at the event, according to Jim McMichael, the Culture and Diversity Manager for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
“The participation was roughly 50-50 men and women, so there was representation from both sides of the community,” he told 429Magazine.
Rainbow Wedding Network Expos are scheduled across the country in 2013, with the Vegas edition being the third to take place.