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The Ritz-Carlton gives gay couples in Washington a license to wed

March 29, 2010

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Washington, DC joins the ranks of a few other states in legalizing same sex marriages.  The long fought battle to allow gay men and women to marry and cohabit legally in Washington didn’t get as much press as say California but that didn’t stop the string of parties all over the city.  With legalization of marriage comes all the weddings and private ceremonies that will be taking place in the following months.  A lot of vendors have embraced the legislation and are catering to same sex couples looking to take the plunge.

The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown welcomed same sex couples looking to get married in Washington, DC to their License to Wed reception.  Under the leadership of the Ritz, wedding venders, including Mervis Diamond Importers and Capitol Decor and Events gave guests a glimpse at the current trends in wedding decor, jewelry, food and entertainment.

I felt like getting married when I went to the event but alas, no Prince Charming in sight.  The pastry chef at the Ritz made a gorgeous cake for the event.


Jeffrey Fox with Capital Décor & Events created urban chic wedding vignettes in several of the hotel’s outlets, including Fahrenheit restaurant, the Brickyard Room, and the unique Chimney Stack dining room. Additionally, the hotel’s courtyard was set up like a faux ceremony site with models enacting a wedding in the Courthouse Chapel.

The Ritz-Carlton has also created special wedding packages and offerings, including The License to Wed Package. The package designed exclusively for out of town guests includes deluxe guest room accommodations for five nights, breakfast for two daily in Fahrenheit restaurant, transportation to and from the courthouse to apply for and pick up the marriage license, couple’s massage in the hotel’s Boutique Spa, and a Commitment Concierge to plan out day trips, dining reservations, and arrange romantic experiences and unique adventures for couples during their time in the nation’s capital. The total package price for two is $2760.

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