Weddings are expensive. Whether heterosexual or LGBT commitment ceremonies, they are a huge financial undertaking.
It's for this reason that so many of the younger generation don't even bother with the official rites any more.
Once society moved past the point where 'living in sin' was, well, a sin, many couples prioritized other demands on their hard-earned cash. Like finding a home and furnishing it.
Common sense dictated that mutual home-making was a greater demonstration of their commitment to each other, than funding a single day's knees up for their family and friends. The prospective costs of the reception alone could pay for an extension to the garage or double-glazing for the windows.
But same-sex couples may feel greater pressures to officially tie the knot, and do so as quickly as possible.
Decades long battles for marriage equality laws are only just coming to fruition in many places. It seems daft to campaign for so long, only to disdain the opportunity to benefit from the eventual victory. For hundreds of couples, their gay marriage ceremony represents more than a love commitment to each other. It's the grand finale in their joint battle to have that commitment officially acknowledged.
Moreover, the ink is still wet on too many same-sex marriage bills. Appeals against them are being lodged. Precedents are yet to be set in law. The imperative for gay couples to marry in those circumstances is huge.
While the pressure might be for a gay wedding ceremony to occur right now, weddings are still expensive.