Same-sex marriages expected to boost wedding plan business

Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-28 19:45:36-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Now that several hundred gay and lesbian couples have marriage licenses, local wedding planners expect to see a bump in business.

Many same-sex couples had unofficial wedding ceremonies long before amendment three was overturned, and now more couples are looking to make a special memory.

“I think there is something very significant about exchanging a ring and what the ring means,” said wedding planner Mara Harwood.

In September, Events by LMG put together a wedding for a gay couple at the Natural History Museum,  and the grooms, Nathan Judd and Bryan Nash, were "making history" as the first gay couple featured in a Utah bridal magazine.

“I was a little apprehensive about calling it a wedding, said groom Bryan Nash. “I wanted to find a more PC term for it, especially since we were doing it in Utah. And we were meeting with Utah event planners and caterers and vendors and stuff. And we were like is it cool that we are just going to go in there and plan our big gay wedding.”

This week Judd and Nash waited in line at the County Clerk's office to make their wedding official.    The day they got their marriage license was also the day the six-page spread came out in Utah Bride and Groom Magazine.

Wedding planners say now that it is legal they'll likely see other couples looking to have similar commitment ceremonies.