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Gay Wedding Chapel At Seattle City Hall

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On the first day same-sex couples can get married in Washington state, Seattle City Hall will serve as a wedding chapel.   Mayor Mike McGinn's office is playing the role of planner. On Monday, it posted the itinerary for a historic wedding ceremony on Dec. 9.

On that Sunday, the city is inviting couples to tie the knot in City Hall’s grand lobby.  Some local artists are handling decorations, and local judges have volunteered to oversee the vows.

Like any good wedding planner, the Mayor’s Office has given couples a rundown of what to expect. Yes, family and friends are welcome.  You can bring your own cake or photographer. And don’t worry; volunteers will be on hand to be witnesses or help with wardrobe emergencies.

The city says it’s received an outpouring from caterers, photographers and other volunteers to help with the event. Couples who want to participate need to get marriage licenses on Dec. 6, three days before the big day.  They also need to RSVP on the city’s website, starting Tuesday morning.

The weddings are scheduled to start at noon but the Mayor’s Office says it may move up the time if there’s a lot of demand.

Other locations around Seattle are hosting similar wedding events on Dec. 9. The swanky Four Seasons Hotel downtown is offering deluxe wedding packages for $1,000. The city’s event is free.

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