City Hall hosts Freedom to Marry celebration Wednesday night

Wednesday night, Minneapolis City Hall will host the Freedom to Marry celebration, to mark the first day that all Minnesotans can legally marry the person they love. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Hennepin County judges will marry a total of 63 same-sex couples at City Hall, beginning at midnight.

Tickets for the general public were distributed earlier in the week, and folks with tickets can arrive at City hall any time after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. A program will begin at 10:45 p.m., and the first wedding will start at 11:45 p.m.

To celebrate the day, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will also light the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Downtown in rainbow colors.

The Freedom to Marry celebration is being held at no cost to the public because of the generous donations of many people and businesses.

It is already easy for any couple to get married in Minneapolis, because Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitor association, offers free wedding planning to anyone who wishes to get married here and helps 400 couples a year do so. Moreover, Meet Minneapolis has recently tailored its free wedding-planning services to meet the needs of same-sex couples as well.

In addition, the beautiful and historic Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, where the Freedom to Marry celebration and weddings will take place, is already one of Minneapolis’ most sought-after venues for weddings. Learn more about how to plan a City Hall wedding.

Published Jul. 31, 2013