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Monday, December 3, 2012

Any Other Seattle Venues Offering Free Wedding Ceremonies on December 9?

Posted by on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Reader Tim writes, "I was saddened to find your post too late and now my partner and I can't get married at City Hall as planned. Can you post a list of other December 9 venues that are offering "first-day" open-house weddings? I'm sure there are hundreds of others who wanted to get married at city hall and now can't..."

It's true: City Hall is completely booked. City officials even extended the wedding invite to accommodate more couples: "Our original plan would have accommodated only 80, but when we saw the demand, we were able to find room for more wedding locations in City Hall and increase to 140," states the wedding webpage. Alas, those spots filled up, too. But the website adds:

If you'd like to wait on standby, feel free to come down to City Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and join the celebration. Just be sure to let our staff know when you arrive that you'd like to get married so they can place you on the standby list. We'll try to serve everyone on the standby list, but our first priority will be those who registered in advance, so we can't make any promises.

So there's an option. Other than that, I'm not aware of any other venues offering free weddings in honor of Washington's new gay marriage laws. But perhaps, dear Sloggers, you know of a magnanimous venue or two?

If so, please leave them in the comments!

UPDATE: Couples can participate in a "fully complimentary" group ceremony courtesy of Lake Union Cafe and MK Skansonia (reservations required, .pdf!); Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave) is holding a free group ceremony at 2:00 p.m. and "no couple with license will be turned away"; and Bizzarro (1307 N 46th St) is holding a midnight wedding ceremony, advance booking required (632-7277, not sure if this one's free).

UPDATE II: The S'Klallam Tribe is also offering to host up to 20 marriage ceremonies, free, in their beautiful Heronswood botanical gardens in Kingston (reservations required, call JoAnn at 360-297-6305 or email them).

Look for more info on free receptions and restaurant perks for newlyweds in this week's paper!


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Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Port Townsend, is opening our hearts and doors to all couples who want to marry on Sunday, December 9, 2012. In celebration of the passage of Referendum 74, we invite any same-sex couple who would like to marry, to be wed in our sanctuary. We are also hosting an ongoing reception celebration for couples and their guests following the nuptials (champagne toast, wedding cupcakes, well wishes and good cheer!)
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 5:00 PM. 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. If you are interested in being married on December 9 (or would like more information), please contact the church office at 360-379-0609, or or see our website at
Posted by Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on December 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
I haven't checked availability or details, but the Center for Spiritual Living ( is having a "Big Gay Wedding" for 100 couples and up to 6 friends or family members.
Posted by meganc on December 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM · Report this
pragmatic 21
Shotgun Ceremonies in Pioneer Square is offering free ceremonies too, 9th through the 15th…
Posted by pragmatic on December 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this
As of today, the Skansonia and Lake Union Cafe still have openings. It's totally free: ceremony, food and drinks, flowers, music, and photos! I'll be on the Skansonia performing the ceremony!

Rev. Ray
Posted by Rev. Ray on December 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM · Report this
I'm the pastor at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church on Greenwood and 132nd...if your desire is to have a faith component to your wedding that leans in a Lutheran direction...go to our website: and contact me! We'll welcome you as we welcome all...we are a Reconciling Congregation. Either way....blessings and joy~!!
Posted by PJH on December 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 17
It's your wedding day, but I implore you: don't get married in a bar. The photos will be depressing.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM · Report this
Heronswood is the BEST venue of all. Call quickly to reserve---360-297-6305

Check out their Facebook page at:…

Posted by siegs on December 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM · Report this
biffp 15
@9, agree knowing some people who are getting married. I hope SCOTUS interprets it as a right if they choose to weigh. I view it as the equal protection issue of this generation, but I'm worried it's a year or two ahead of being a no-brainer with only a handful of states recognizing it.
Posted by biffp on December 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
Also R Place (619 E. Pine, Seattle). The officiant for the event performed my own wedding, lo these 20 years ago. Details at
Posted by Toadlily on December 3, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
R Place (619 E. Pine, Seattle) will be hosting one at midnight, too. Ceremonies will be officiated by the gent who performed my own wedding, lo these nearly 20 years ago. Details at .
Posted by Toadlily on December 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM · Report this
@5 I work at VAIN and got on to post that. I helped organize the event and will be performing some of the ceremonies. We still have room available.
Posted by Bored@School on December 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM · Report this
Kinison 11
Just do what Occupy idiots do, just show up at any park and have it there. No need for a permit like I and my wife had to apply for, just show up and piss people off.
Posted by Kinison on December 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Jessica 10
I can vouch for the minister at Saltwater, @7. He did both my grandparents' memorial services and my wedding years ago, and he is a kind, gracious guy and one of the best UU ministers I've had the pleasure of meeting.
Posted by Jessica on December 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Report this
This post totally warms my heart. I love how Seattle is embracing and celebrating this new-found freedom. Congrats Washingtonians!
Posted by db4530 on December 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Oh my god, at the Tribe's Heronswood property! That's so great it nearly makes me wish there were someone I cared to marry.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
And one more free wedding:
Posted by drawn on December 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Posted by drawn on December 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM · Report this
There is also this that I found online, but I know nothing of personally:…
Posted by drawn on December 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
I heard there were King County judges prepared to marry couples on Sunday at the Courthouse (free, I assume), but have no confirmation.
Posted by TJ on December 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
The Sanctuary at Admiral will host weddings for 20 couples and the last the West Seattle Blog updated they still have spots open. I don't know for sure if it's free for the couples but it sounds like it is.…
Posted by SteveM on December 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
biffp 2
How about 12/12/12?
Posted by biffp on December 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Pick1 1
There had better be sooooooooo many pictures for us stuck in other states.
Posted by Pick1 on December 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this

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