BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Wedding planners are getting ready for a big business boom after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples could marry.
While some couples are dashing to the court house for marriage licenses, others are organizing big parties to make their unions official. Wedding consultants are ready and waiting to help them down the aisle.
Whether it is the flowers, the cake or the venue, weddings can be overwhelming. No one knows that better than perhaps events specialists David Wright and Heather Sewell Day. Only now they can expect to plan more events for same-sex couples.
"We love the idea of being able to help a whole other group of people experience the joys of weddings," Wright said.
"Social media has been on fire. Lots of friends and family, and friends of friends are singing praises and contacting me and saying hey it's on. I can't wait to get started. Let's do this. There's lot of excitement," Day said.
The consultants have been planning commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples for more than a decade. They said the high court's action will not change how they do business, rather it could make their jobs more interesting.
"Well, you're not bound by so many traditions, you know. Vows can be different," Wright said.
But when it comes down to it, the planners said the process is pretty much the same.
"I'm still looking for a cake, a band, and I'm still looking for the perfect venue and caterer," Day said.
Having a solid list of vendors who pay special attention to detail is critical.
Joe Boniol, owner of All About Flowers, knows a thing or two about that. He has already arranged flowers for several same-sex couples.
"I think two men getting married, it's going to be quite different from two women getting married. I think guys are going to want more strong colors and bolder flowers, tropical, like Birds of Paradise, where women are going to want something more soft," Boniol said.
He and other vendors said while it is too soon to tell, they anticipate the same-sex wedding business will be in full bloom by spring.
"I've embraced this for many years. I've been looking forward to this day. The sky's the limit," Wright said.
The Capital City Alliance has a list of LGBT friendly vendors on its website.