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DULUTH - Summer is always a busy time for weddings, but this season flower shops, bakeries and venues are even busier.In just a few days, same sex couples will be able to legally tie the knot, bringing a lot more business to wedding vendors.
"Love is love," said Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Chaplain Patti Maguire.
For more than ten years, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has held blessings for same sex couples.
But in just a few days, and for the first time, their ceremonies will include the signing of a marriage license.
"Blessing a union is a wonderful thing also and that's certainly part of the wedding ceremony, but to be able to sign and make it legal is real important for those families," said Maguire.
Since the passing of the same sex marriage bill, Gloria Dei Lutherna Church along with other venues and halls around Minnesota, have seen an uptick in requests for gay marriages.
"We do have a marriage scheduled towards the end of the month that's going to be lovely," said Maguire.
Every wedding has to have a cake.
"We're actually going to make a rain bow cake," How Sweet it is Cakes Owner Eileen Brown said.
The shop in Duluth is getting a lot of cake orders for same-sex nuptials.
"We've actually already gotten over 10 weddings this year once it passed,” said Brown. “Immediately we had phone calls coming in."
They're not just whipping up batter and buttercream frosting for people committing for the first time.
But also for couples who have had blessings in the past and now want to have a civil wedding.
"They're very excited about what they're finally able to do and the fact that it will be recognized by law and the federal government I think it's wonderful," said Brown.
Saffron and Gray Couture Floral Design is also busy filling flower orders for non–traditional ceremonies.
"Basically just the same thing that other couples are ordering, corsages, boutonnières, bouquets, altar pieces," Saffron and Grey Couture Floral Design Co-Owner Abby Olson said.
Wedding vendors believe same sex marriages will have quite an economic impact and maybe even double their business.
"It's gonna be kind of a big party for them when they plan it they'll put a lot into it. I think business will be definitely good," said Olson.
Some of the more popular wedding venues in Duluth are already booked.
Vendors believe business in the Northland will increase even more once those spaces are open up.