Over the weekend, wedding planner Stuart Hurt got seven wedding requests, two from same-sex couples.
It's not that the Lexington-based Hurt, an owner of House Design-Floral-Event on Walton Avenue, hadn't had requests for same-sex weddings before last Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
He had: Just in the last year he did one wedding where the couple got their wedding license elsewhere, then came to Kentucky to celebrate with family.
He also planned his own wedding celebration. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Kentucky, Hurt said, "We are going to get a certificate."
Hurt typically works with big weddings — guest counts of 125 or more — and his largest wedding was for 650 guests. He's already booked solid for May and June of 2016.
Baker Martine Holzman of Martine's Pastries said that her company has done gay weddings for the 16 years it has been in business, and has seen an increase during the last five years, as it became more likely that same-sex marriage would become widely legal.
"We have some couples who just waited for the ruling," Holzman said. "I do expect a significant increase coming up."
On Tuesday, she booked a cake for two women who are getting married in Florida, but having their ceremony in Kentucky.
Kelly King Bakehorn of the Barrel House on Manchester Street, a popular wedding venue, said that for those planning big weddings, the ruling is just now sinking in.
"I think they're getting over the shock, first of all," said Bakehorn, herself a lesbian with a partner and children. "I'm still trying to get over it myself."
But, she added, wedding parties looking to book a place like hers will often do so well in advance — sometimes up to a year.
Some businesses contacted by the Herald-Leader, while privately saying they would provide services to same-sex couples, would not go on the record.
But some are glad for the additional same-sex wedding business, even if they're busy themselves.
Doug Smith of Doug Smith Designs + Events said that he's already doing "a fair amount of same-sex marriages."
His own wedding, to husband Glenn Blind, was a low-key affair conducted in Manhattan's Central Park. The grooms wore jeans and bow ties.
He hasn't seen an onslaught of business since last Friday, but he points out that the upscale ceremonies for which he works are generally planned far in advance.
On Tuesday morning, he booked a wedding for October 2016.