Those upcoming wedding bells in California are about to spur a ringing of another kind.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal of a ruling that struck down Proposition 8, opening a path for same-sex marriages to resume in the state and paving the way for the "cha-ching" of California cash registers.
Over the next three years, 37,000 same-sex couples are likely to wed in California, generating $492 million in revenue for California businesses, according to a statement released by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shortly after the court decision was announced.
"Weddings are enormously important events and that’s why people spend so much money," said M.V. Lee Badgett, research director at the institute.