Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wanna Get Married at City Hall on Dec. 9?

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Originally posted yesterday at 4:09 p.m., moved up because I can.

From someone currently wasting the last rays of her youth at City Hall, trust me when I say that getting married at City Hall is the funnest thing I can think of to do in that building, pre-mortem.*

  • The Stranger
On December 6, same-sex couples will finally be able to apply for marriage licenses for the first time in state history, which means that couples itching to get hitched can start holding ceremonies on Dec. 9. City officials are marking this milestone by turning City Hall's immense and lovely lobby into a series of intimate wedding nooks!

BUT: In order to be married at City Hall, couples must 1) get a marriage license on Dec. 6 and 2) RSVP here with their names, number of guests, and any special accommodations they might need. Today the city launched a handy FAQ sheet filled with information on the Dec. 9 ceremonies, which I hear are booking up fast.

Another word on those intimate, artsy wedding spots: Dan Savage—whose idea this whole thing was—and Tim Keck—whose idea the whole "Dan Savage" thing was—have each donated $1,000 to help local artists, led by Jen Zeyl, create a beautiful wedding atmosphere inside city hall. But we need to raise $5,000 total to finance the installation. A lot of materials and labor are being donated, but some things must be paid for. City officials, judges, and others are donating their time. What can you do? You can help make the day a beautiful one by donating right here.

UPDATE: Now with video explaining what the $5,000 will pay for!

Help Artists create Beautiful Intimate Wedding Environments for the First Day of WA State Marriage Equality on Dec. 9!! from wes hurley on Vimeo.

*I like to fantasize about having my lifeless body stuffed with potpourri and put on display in one of those chairs straddling the waterfall.


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Do we have to finagle an invite, or will it be easy to crash?
Posted by Jude Fawley on November 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
@1 um, read the post. You just have to RSVP if you're getting married.

City Hall is, of course, open to everyone.

Except Corporations.

They're not people, so they can't get married.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this
danindowntown 3
I believe you meant installation. Unless of course you are asking for donations to slowly introduce the art into the City Hall lobby.
Posted by danindowntown on November 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
@1 and @2:

Can I still come if I'm not getting married and am not invited by someone who is getting married?

To come inside City Hall, you'll have to be an invited member of a wedding party. However, the community will be celebrating this historic day on City Hall Plaza, on 4th Avenue, where you can cheer to congratulate each couple as they exit the building. Please join us to help make this an extra special moment.
Posted by mieldog on November 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
@5 - Thanks! I missed the FAQ link.
@2 - No comment.
Posted by Jude Fawley on November 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 7
@3, fixed! Also: HAHAHA.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on November 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM · Report this
Jubilation T. Cornball 8
Cool, I chipped in some cash. Have fun, happy couples :-)
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball on November 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM · Report this
I donated! Best wishes from the bottom of my heart, newlyweds-to-be!

Posted by LuisitaPhD on November 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 10
Personally, getting married at City Hall with hundreds of my fellow homos sounds perfectly dreadful. But, I hasten to add, I am a jaded old thing who toiled too long in the fields of the marriage-industrial complex, and who is also a city employee - I see enough of City Hall during my workday.

Besides, if I can't get married in the Spanish Ballroom of the Olympic Hotel (which I can't, since we can't afford that) I'm not getting married. Oh, maybe on one of our deathbeds or something, if it will mean more money for the survivor, but other than that, We're strictly confirmed bachelors.

BUT, I certainly don't begrudge anyone their moment of happiness, and I will happily pitch in some bucks. Just don't ask me to catch any bouquets or serve any punch.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM · Report this
Dearest Catalina,

Please make a reservation for High Tea at the Olympic and then sneak into the Spanish Ballroom. My daughter and I always take the, er, unguided tour after we have tea in December. Just take your officiant to tea with you and, voila! You're in.
An admirer of your sparkling wit & intellect (seriously).
Posted by Missliss on November 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 12
Missliss, while I like your line of thought, if I'm going Spanish Ballroom, I'm going full-tilt: hundreds of guests, eight drag queen bridesmaids and Gogo boy groomsmen, ceremony in the foyer, dinner in the ballroom. Champagne fountains, ice bars, tableside caesar salads, surf 'n turf entrees, flaming deserts, dancing to whomever is the society orchestra these days (it used to be Fred Radke, but he is surely home with Jesus by now). It would be difficult to sneak all of those people in. Someone would be bound to notice.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
KingofQueenAnne 13
Group weddings? Doesn't that have a culty connotation?
Posted by KingofQueenAnne on November 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM · Report this
TVDinner 14
@12: And an ice sculpture of Aphrodite slowly dripping next to the cake with the actual white doves inside that take off and fly away when you cut into it?
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 15
I love the cake idea, but I already have an ice sculpture of David that doubles as a vodka fountain planned for the ice bar, and I don't want to come off as overdone. Maybe Venus de Milo?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM · Report this
Well, Ms. Vel-DuRay, my 7 year old will be up dancing with the bridesmaids, whilst I stand in a corner, sipping and quietly chuckling and beaming at all th joy around me. I'll be sure to bring you a blue silk garter.
Posted by Missliss on November 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Report this
$100 donated--that better get me in even if Dan forgets to put me and my sweetheart on the "official" guest list.
Posted by Chicago Fan on November 28, 2012 at 7:54 AM · Report this
rabid squirrel 21
Donation done! Advance congratulations to all! This is an exciting day.
Posted by rabid squirrel on November 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 22
@12.. and i alls i had was a church wedding with a mariachi band...of course my garments were designed and made by' it's mark mitchell' of captiol hill and instead of punch we had frappe because kenny joe insisted on making and bringing it despite my mother's protestations. we could've used a vodka fountian though. i shoulda consulted you as our wedding planner
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on November 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Griffin 23
Well, I chipped in what I could. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do something--if I was local, I'd come play wedding music for you.
Posted by Griffin on November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Can people volunteer to help out that day (set up, witnesses, gophering, etc.) or all you all set?
Posted by pancakes on November 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
amyl 25
@24- I asked, but The Stranger and the City both said that they have this one covered. Of all the problems in the world I guess having too many people wanting to volunteer is a good one to have.
Posted by amyl on November 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Anyone know if we can show up with our own officiant and still get inside?
Posted by Bernard09 on December 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Does anyone know if we can just show up with our own officiant and still take part in the festivities at City Hall?
Posted by Bernard09 on December 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Wishing you all the very best. Tried to contribute my bit but the page says "PayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller's website" (even links from the original article).
Posted by East Coast well-wisher on December 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this

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