With Proposition 8 tossed out by the U.S. Supreme Court, caterers and wedding planners said today they expect to see business perk up as same-sex couples prepare to get married across California.
"It's going to be great for business - it's about time," said Jeffery Gordy, events director at Prefer a Chef catering in Sacramento. "I've probably booked 17 weddings in the last 24 hours."
Although there are still legal uncertainties about how soon gay weddings can be occur, Gordy and others said they expect an uptick in business.
"They've waited so long, I think they're going to be special celebrations," said Susan Crane of the Party Concierge, a Sacramento business that provides ice sculptures, floral arrangements and other amenities for weddings.
But Anthony Dimond, a hospitality consultant at Horwath, said he doesn't think hotels will experience a major boom as a result.
"Will there be a little bit of catering business in terms of wedding receptions? Sure. A big impact? I don't think so."
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