Mass Weddings Take Over Washington State December 9 and 15

City Hall

Now that you have your marriage license, what will you do with it? We have some ideas! Check out The Seattle Lesbian’s handy guide to our picks for the next two weekends in Washington State.

Mass weddings December 9 include: 

City Hall: 140 weddings are scheduled to take place Sunday at City Hall Plaza from 10am – 5pm, on Fourth Avenue downtown between James and Cherry streets.

Onlookers are invited to admire the newlyweds coming down the steps from City Hall and enjoy food trucks, coffee and festivities.

In order to be married at Seattle City Hall on December 9, couples must have obtained a marriage license on Dec. 6 and also must have submitted an RSVP on the website while registration was still open (RSVPs were closed due to high volume and space constraints).

Shotgun Ceremonies in Pioneer Square: Have a memorable, fun wedding experience without breaking the bank. Feel free to bring friends, family, cake, champagne, music, vows, rings…and your pets if you’d like. With a little advanced notice, they will provide the witnesses.

Includes the location (holds roughly 10-35 guests), legal wedding ceremony done Shotgun style (interactive and fun), all legal documents completed, a Shotgun Ceremonies “Took a Shot at LOVE” framed photo certificate, and two Shotgun Ceremonies shot glasses.

The Lake Union Café: The Lake Union Cafe and the MV Skansonia are opening their doors on December 9, 2012 with a very special event in support and celebration of Washington State referendum 74 passing to legalize same-sex marriage.

Both venues have collectively hosted dozens of civil and commitment ceremonies alike over the years, and both venues recognize and accept all ceremonies of shapes and sizes regardless of religion, sexual orientation, and race. The MV Skansonia and The Lake Union Cafe & Bakery have always and will continue to have an open door to any couple wanting to celebrate their union and love for one another.

Partnered and sponsored by King 5′s Best Wedding Officiant, Reverend Ray VanWinkle, Reverend Bill Wood, Music Man Inc., A Beautiful Day Photography, Celeste Cooning, Photo Elan, Wine World, Jenny GG Photography, and Floressence. These vendors are helping to host a unique and fully complimentary group ceremony and reception celebration to a select number of couples and their nearest and dearest.

Couples interested in sharing and celebrating their special day at the Lake Union Cafe on December 9th should register and book their spot ASAP with Victoria Haberman at lucforu@aol.com or call (206) 568-1258.

Couples interested in sharing and celebrating their special day aboard the MV Skansonia on December 9 should register and book their spot ASAP with Shauna Wu at info@skansonia.com or call (206) 545-9109.

The Seattle First Baptist Church: Same-sex couples who’ve waited – some for decades – for the legal right to marry the person they love will gather on Sunday, December 9 at Seattle First Baptist Church for a ceremonial and celebratory group wedding. They will be among the first couples in Washington to say, “I do!” in the sight of God and under Washington State’s new Marriage Equality Law.

As a church that has married ALL couples since 1979, including same-sex couples, Seattle First Baptist Church (SFBC) joyously welcomes loving partners to join in the ceremony, scheduled to begin at 2pm in the beautiful and historic church sanctuary. The service is a celebration of love, and an expression of joy at the passage of Referendum 74, and will feature SFBC’s Sanctuary Choir, as well as Diverse Harmony, the nation’s first gay-straight alliance youth chorus.

If you and your partner would like to take part in the Group Wedding and celebration service, please call their wedding coordinator: 206.325.6051, extension 111, by noon, Wednesday, December 5.

Seattle First Baptist Church is located at 1111 Harvard Avenue, on First Hill, between Seneca and Spring streets. Parking is available on-site in the large lot adjacent to the church, with ample street parking available.

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend:  The gathering and celebration will begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, December 9. Any couple, who arrives with a Washington State marriage license, will be Joyfully Joined in Matrimony, between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Rev. Bruce Bode and Carol Thomas Cissel have volunteered to perform the weddings at no charge.

QUUF is located at 2333 San Juan Avenue in Port Townsend. Please contact the church office at 379-0609 or quuf@olympus.net for more information.

The S’Klallam Tribe

NOTE: There is a 3-day waiting period to get married in Washington State. To be wed on Sunday, December 9, 2012, couples must apply for a Washington State marriage license on Thursday, December 6, 2012. The fee in Jefferson County is $49.00, photo ID is required and both parties must be present to complete the application. Call the Jefferson County
Auditor’s Office at 360-385-9115 (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) for additional information.

The S’Klallam Tribe (Kingston): While most of us are still savoring this sweet electoral victory, the S’Klallam Tribe, new owners of Heronswood in Kingston, are getting busy making gay marriages happen. Heronswood is offering to host up to 20 couples on this historic first-possible-day of gay marriage in Washington State.

The details: On December 9 from noon to 5pm the world-renowned botanical garden will open its gates for up to 20 same- sex couples looking to be among the first to tie the knot in Washington State. As a part of the December 9 wedding event, same-sex couples can book their own private, intimate ceremony at Heronswood. Each ceremony can include up to 12 guests and a wedding officiant will be on site. While donations are appreciated, the rental is being provided free of charge.

Weddings on December 9 will be limited to 30 minutes, but the grounds will be open to wedding parties for pictures and self-guided tours.

Space is limited to the first 20 responding same-sex couples. For reservations, contact JoAnn at 360-297-6305 or send an email to heronswoodgardens@gmail.com.

After the wedding, join one of these complimentary receptions:

Big Gay Wedding Reception with Dan Savage and Terry Miller: Dan Savage of The Stranger along with husband Terry Miller and Q Nightclub will be hosting The Big Gay Wedding Reception™ at Q following the nuptials on December 9.

The reception will be open to everyone who got married, their friends and families, and all the supporters of Referendum 74 as a thank you for their efforts on behalf of civil rights in Washington.

Love Wins: A Wedding Reception for All: Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the Mayor’s Office, Washington United For Marriage, Music For Marriage Equality, and Seattle Weekly will host A Wedding Reception for All at the Paramount Theatre.

This is a free public reception party with a celebratory champagne toast, entertainment, fun, cake, and desserts. The reception will begin at 6pm at Paramount Theater, 911 Pine Street.

Mass weddings December 15 include:

West Seattle Universal Life Church: In honor of the passing of Referendum 74, the Universal Life Church Monastery will hold free wedding ceremonies for 20 loving couples at a premiere wedding venue in Seattle. The weddings will take place on Saturday, December 15. The weddings performed will be funded by the ULC Monastery and its partner organizations; you and your engaged friends simply need to send out invitations and show up in your wedding day attire!

Space is limited, so register now to attend this unprecedented event! Make sure to include your name, phone number, and information about the minister or couples who want to participate.

The event will start at around 10am and will finish in the early evening. The ULC Monastery will provide flowers, photographers, music, and wedding cake for free in addition to the wedding venue, officiants and decor. Drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Center for Spiritual Living: 100 same-sex couples will get married for free in a group ceremony that is “spiritual, not religious.” The music, ceremony and completion of legal documents will be handled by the venue. Registration is required by December 5. Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sand Point Way NE, 2 pm.

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