…down the rabbit hole for a moment.
- The CDC says that 56% of Black women have been married…and 77% of Hispanic women.
- The US population of Blacks & Hispanics sits at 28%.
- 28% of 304, 059, 724 (the US population estimate by the census) is 85,136,722.
- Since that number is men & women and I’ll assume that only one side of a couple is paying for the wedding, let’s halve that to 42, 568, 361.
- 56% (# of Black women) of 42, 568, 361 is 23, 838, 282.
- 77% is 32, 777, 637.
Are you still with me? I’m going somewhere here…I promise!
- So 56, 615, 919 people of color are paying for weddings.
- If those people all had $10k weddings…that’d be $566, 159, 190, 000 spent on weddings by people of color! That’s billions playa.
Obviously, some weddings will be way over that $10,000…and some will be under, so that number is just a guess. But imagine the economic impact of those dollars. So when I do my unscientific studies on the numbers of women of color in wedding magazines like I did with The Knot and Brides where the lack of women of color is staggering…I wonder what’s going on. We’re spending money on vendors and sites just like everyone else…but I don’t get to see brides who look like me in the mags.
I don’t have any answers, but I’ll keep on preaching my “put more women of color in bridal magazines” gospel.