On Valentine’s Day, the City of Wilton Manors will host “We Do,” a mass wedding ceremony of 50 couples.
The day will be divided into four ceremonies: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Vows will be made inside the city commission chambers at city hall. Afterwards, marriage toasts will be given inside the Hagen Park Community Center. A deejay will provide music and gift bags will be given to participants. Partnering with the city is Petals Panache, which will provide decorations, and Broward 100, the county’s centennial celebration committee; the number of people married, 100, was chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick will officiate.
“For years, we have sent Resolutions to the Florida Legislature, filed briefs in court actions, worked with other cities and taken measures within our own boundaries to voice our support of legalizing same sex marriage, and now it will all pay off,” Resnick said.
The city has been preparing, in anticipation of the legalization of same sex marriage, for months. In addition to purchasing new software to better keep track of rentals and special events at city parks and facilities, the city has also invested money in new kitchen equipment at its parks to make them more attractive to possible renters.
Last August, the city also hosted “Gay Nuptials A Wedding Showcase” at Hagen Park. Organized by Bobby Keyser, owner of Petals Panache, the event featured wedding planners, photographers, hoteliers and others who are part of the wedding industry. A similar event will be held on Sunday, March 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hagen Park.
“We want everyone to think of Wilton Manors for gay weddings,” Keyser said. “We’re going to be a heartwarming and welcoming reception from all over the world.”
The deadline to participate in the group ceremony has already passed.