Washington State made global news this week when hundreds of gay and lesbian couples wed for the first time. December 9, 2012 was the first day that same-sex couples could legally exchange vows under the new “marriage equality” law (Referendum 74), approved by state voters in November. A number of group wedding ceremonies were held throughout the city, including one at Seattle City Hall that featured 138 weddings, attended by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and his wife Peg. Later that evening, a group wedding reception for nearly 2,000 was held at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. Seattle’s hospitality community is keeping the celebration going with a number of same-sex newlywed hotel packages and group ceremonies. Here are a few being offered:
Alexis Hotel | Special rates for same-sex, LGBT and transgender newlywed couples with its Suite On You package. It includes accommodations and a complimentary bottle of bubbly for $174. Use code R74 when making reservations.
Cedarbrook Lodge | Special room rate discount of 7.4% for all LGBT couples planning to wed by March 31, 2013. Guests who choose the hotel as their wedding destination and stay overnight receive complimentary bottle of wine, seasonal fruit and cheese plate or bubbly and chocolate strawberries. Book by December 31, 2012.
The Edgewater Hotel | The Plunge with Pride package includes overnight accommodations for the wedded couple, professional photography package, Mr. & Mr., Mrs. & Mrs. throw blanket and a bottle of bubbly.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel | The Say Yes to the Dress package includes a choice of a ready-to-wear or couture wedding dress by Seattle designer Luly Yang (it also applies to custom dress suits). Valid for couples with new wedding contracts signed by December 31, 2012.
Mayflower Park Hotel | Ceremony fee for same-sex couples will be waived when reserving the wedding and reception at the downtown hotel before December 30, 2012.
Renaissance Seattle Hotel | The Marriage For All package includes accommodations plus a bottle of sparkling wine. Rates start at $179 per night.
Starwood Hotels | Westin Seattle, Sheraton Seattle, W Seattle and Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Seattle Center offers bonus Starpoints to guests who are married at a Seattle or Bellevue Starwood property. May be used toward a honeymoon or romantic rendezvous at one of 1,050 Starwood hotels.
Willows Lodge | This Woodinville Wine Country hotel offers the I Do For Two package. It includes an officiant and two witnesses for the ceremony, overnight accommodations, rose petal bath, bottle of bubbly, breakfast in bed and a commemorative picture frame.
Additional LGBT Travel Resources
Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Seattle Business Association