Minneapolis venues celebrate freedom to marry

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July 17, 2013
By: Gabrielle Martinson
Gabrielle Martinson
The Pourhouse and The Fountain Room hosting weddings for free

DOWNTOWN — The Pourhouse and The Fountain Room in Minneapolis’ Lumber Exchange building will be celebrating the first day of legal same-sex marriages in Minnesota on Aug. 1 by holding free wedding ceremonies and a reception in their facilities.

The Fountain Room will hold marriage ceremonies for couples from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Any couple with a valid marriage license is welcome to participate in the ceremony, and is free to invite 20 to 30 friends and relatives to both the ceremony and the reception.

Following the wedding ceremonies, The Pourhouse will host a reception for couples and their guests from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Pourhouse will serve cake and champagne at the event and will have a cash bar all evening.

Couples who are married at City Hall on Aug. 1 by Mayor R.T. Rybak are also invited to participate in the reception.

“We just decided, let’s do this. It’s a great day for Minnesota,” said Director of Sales Dale Hanson. “(It’s) a great space to get married in.”

Couples who wish to participate in the ceremony are asked to register. For more information or to register, contact Dale Hanson at 843-2575 or DHanson@thepourhousempls.com.