Welcome, Gay Marriage!
Weddings & Parties
Welcome, Gay Marriage!
Those wanting to get gay-married at the first possible moment—Sunday, December 9—must apply for a license on December 6! Click here for details.
Engagement Party Open House
Sample wedding cake and get all the info you'll need for a same-sex wedding in Washington. Presented by Gay City and the Northwest Network. Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 E Pike St, nwnetwork.org, 568-7777, 5—10 pm.
Community Drop-In Q&A
"Get the skills you need for the marriage you want" with a free Q&A session presented by the Northwest Network. Also happening Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.—2 p.m. Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 517 E Pike, nwnetwork.org, 568-7777, 6—9 pm, free.
Get Married at City Hall
Seattle's City Hall will be transformed into a massive love-filled wedding chapel. There will be four pop-up chapels created by local artists Jennifer Zeyl and Celeste Cooning (Dan Savage says, "There won't be anything silly or camp or ironic about the pop-up chapel installations"), and judges are volunteering their time to marry any and all couples, gay or straight. Doors open at 11 a.m., ceremonies begin at noon, but if you haven't already RSVP'd, you aren't guaranteed a spot—you can try standby if you like. Go to seattle.gov/weddings for more info. City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, 10 am—5 pm.
Big Gay Wedding Reception
Cohosted by The Stranger's own Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller, with music from the incomparable DJ Riz! There will be a first dance, cake-cutting photos, so many champagne toasts, and lots of happy tears. Admittance is free, but a suggested donation will go to Freedom to Marry (freedomtomarry.org). Q, 1426 Broadway, qcapitolhill.com, 5 pm.
Love Wins: A Wedding Reception for All
Celebrate your nuptials (and/or the nuptials of loved ones) with a completely free champagne- and cake-filled party at the beautiful Paramount Theater. Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St, stgpresents.org, 6 pm, free.
Lake Union Cafe and MV Skansonia Group Ceremony
Get married on a boat or in a bakery! Both the Lake Union Cafe and the MV Skansonia are celebrating the passing of Referendum 74 with a "unique and fully complimentary group ceremony." Participants and sponsors include Reverend Ray Van Winkle, Reverend Bill Wood, Music Man Inc., A Beautiful Day Photography, Photo Elan, Wine World, Floressence, Jenny GG Photography, and Celeste Cooning. Advance booking required. The MV Skansonia, 205 NE Northlake Way, skansonia.com, 545-9109; Lake Union Cafe & Bakery, 3119 Eastlake Ave E, lakeunioncafe.com, 568-1258.
Group Wedding at Seattle First Baptist Church
Have a church wedding with a choir and everything! A group wedding will take place at 2 p.m.; to take part, couples must RSVP by noon on Wednesday, December 5. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, seattlefirstbaptist.org, 325-6051, ext. 111, 2 pm.
Weddings at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
"As a service and as a celebration for the community," Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church will be performing ceremonies on the hour starting at 2 p.m., with champagne, cake, and a reception with a DJ. Up to 20 guests per couple, photographers available. Reservations must be confirmed by noon on December 5. Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Ave S, Kirkland, 425-822-0171, northlakeuu.org, 2 pm, $25.
Weddings at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend
To celebrate passage of R-74, QUUF is "opening [their] hearts and doors" to any same-sex couples who would like to be wed in their sanctuary. Reception to follow for couples and guests (including champagne, cupcakes, "well wishes and good cheer"). Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend, quuf.org, 360-379-0609, 2 pm, free.
Free Bubbly at Cafe Presse or Le Pichet
Bring your marriage documents to Le Pichet or Cafe Presse, and the first glass of sparkling wine is on the house. Congratulations! Le Pichet, 1933 First Ave, lepichetseattle .com, 256-1499; Cafe Presse, 1117 12th Ave, cafepresseseattle.com, 709-7674.
Celebrate at OutWest
There will be cake, a photo booth, and special marriage equality cocktails for all the happy couples and their friends and family. Happy hour is from 4—7 p.m., and the photo booth will open and cake will be served starting at 8 p.m. OutWest Bar, 5401 California Ave SW, outwestbar.com, 937-1540, 4 pm, free.
A Drink at Tulio
Bring your freshly inked marriage license to Tulio Ristorante, and they'll buy you both French 74s with the purchase of a meal. Tulio Ristorante, 1100 Fifth Ave, tulio.com, 624-5500, 8 am—10 pm.
Get Married in a Gorgeous 15-Acre Botanical Garden
The world-famous Heronswood botanical garden in Kingston won't officially be open to the public until next spring (it's currently undergoing renovation), but the S'Klallam Tribe is generously offering the grounds up to 20 couples who'd like to tie the knot in an intimate outdoor ceremony between noon and 5 p.m. Each wedding party can include up to 12 guests, and a wedding officiant will be onsite. To reserve a spot, contact JoAnn at 360-297-6305 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Heronswood Gardens, 7530 NE 288th St, Kingston, noon.
Midnight Wedding at Bizzarro
Bizzarro Italian Cafe is opening its doors as a one-stop shop for all couples, offering a midnight wedding ceremony and reception with food, booze, and a variety of pastors including El Vez. Advance booking required. Bizzarro Italian Cafe, 1307 N 46th St, bizzarroitaliancafe.com, 632-7277.
The Big Gay Wedding
One hundred same-sex couples will get married 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, spiritualliving.org, 527-8801, 2 pm, free.