Wedding Industry Expects Same-Sex Marriage Boom

July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Mark Croce walks through the empty shell of a lobby at the former Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo and sees the potential around every corner.

"You've got a sunken dance floor, DJ booth, this wall comes out and you've got a beautiful bar," Croce said as he points out the basement area that he is renovating into a nightclub.

In a few months, the new Statler City will open with five banquet rooms for parties and weddings, including same-sex weddings.

Two gay weddings have already booked parties at Statler city.

"60,000 couples that are ready to get married in the near future so we're already getting swamped with inquiries for next Spring and next Summer," said Croce.

At Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market, owner Maureen Bartley said she already has a few gay weddings on the horizon and expect to do as many as a dozen each month when next summer's wedding season arrives.

"Two or three gay marriages per weekend... I would think that would be about right," Bartley said.