Celebrations and Special Events

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Alachua County

Event #1: 

PCCNCF will host a community celebration at the Pride Center (3131 NW 13th St. Suite 62) on January 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. We will have cake, wine and much more so join us there. The normal parking restrictions at the center have been waived for this one time event. Click here for more information.

Broward County

Event #1:

The Broward County Commission will proclaim January 6th “Marriage Equality Day” in Broward County – 11 am @ commission meeting

Event #2:

At the Central Courthouse, Broward County Clerk of Court Howard C. Forman will perform a group wedding at 3:00 a.m. on January 6th, for those who are eligible. (Family and friends are welcomed.) The Central Courthouse will be open from 12:01 AM to 4:00 AM on January 6th for the issuance of marriage licenses.

Central Courthouse: 201 S.E. 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Event #3: 

River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation are celebrating marriage equality with free weddings in anticipation of the Florida same-sex marriage ruling.

We will offer weddings and ceremonies of affirmation at no cost during a free Marriage Equality Celebration on Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The event will include both simple private ceremonies and group ceremonies, with an ongoing reception which will include flowers, wedding cupcakes, and photos in our hospitality area.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Event #4:
 

TUESDAY JAN. 6TH 4:30 TO 7PM. PARTY ANNOUNCEMENT Okay, so it you watched any TV last night you learned that Florida Clerks of Court will be issuing marriage licenses on this Tuesday January 6th. In Broward County the clerk is opening the office at 11:30 pm and issuing licenses beginning at 12:01 . Moreover, there will be a group marriage at the courthouse at 3 a.m. My fiancé insists that we must get married then and there as it is an historic event which we should not miss. Therefore: We are getting married at 3 a.m. next Tuesday morning.
 CELEBRATE! Given the fact of this momentous moment in this State's history and the history of the fight for equal rights for gays in Florida and the short notice and the thought that we wanted to extend the celebration to the whole world including all our face book friends, the idea of planning a "reception" in the traditional sense was for a moment unmanageable - but last night at dinner at Café Vico's Restaurant and Piano Bar I had a solution! I asked Mr. Vico if his happy hour crew could handle a large crowd of revelers celebrating Gay Marriage in Florida and my marriage in particular at the happy hour time of 4:30 to 7 pm and he enthusiastically embraced the idea.
 So anyone and everyone who wishes to drop in at Café Vico's - 1125 N. Federal hwy (coming from the south-the first strip mall on the west side after you take the curve north off Sunrise/Federal) happy hour is from 4:30 to 7 and we will be there having spent the day at the spa at the Atlantic on day 1 as Ms and Ms Picardi Bodiford (or something like that-we have to work out the name change - to do or not to do.) We are off to purchase those wedding bands now. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all.

Duval County

Event #1:

Get married in Hemming Park on January 10th! All same-sex couples who come to the park on this day with a validly issued license can participate in this event. We are organizing the event to perform mass and individual weddings on this day. Newlyweds should bring $10.00 for the recording of their licenses at the clerk's office. 

9:00 AM-3:30 PM at Hemming Park: 303 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 33022

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Escambia County

Event #1:

Three ordained ministers will be at Holy Cross MCC at 3130 W. Fairfield Drive in Pensacola, performing free ceremonies every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday and continuing for up to 24 hours. A large cake will be provided for couples to share following their weddings. To schedule your wedding at Holy Cross MCC on Tuesday, January 6, contact [email protected]holycrossmcc.com. Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt and two other clergy folks are available to assist you.

Hillsborough County

Event #1:

A celebratory event is being planned by the Tampa Bay LGBT Support Network (ACLU, GLSEN, the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus, MCC, PFLAG Hernando, PFLAG Tampa, the USF Trans* Student Union, and others).

Tentatively set for January 6, 2015 at 6pm at the Metropolitan Community Church, 408 East Cayuga Street, Tampa, FL 33603, they are currently putting together their program. One element is a slide show of married couples and families. They would love to have your marriage included in their slideshow. Please email a photo or two to [email protected] and include your names, date of marriage and location of marriage.

They're also looking for couples to say a few words about their relationship and marriage. Please email [email protected] if you'd like to stand up and say a few words. Watch for more information on this event on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PFLAGTampa

Lee County

Event #1:

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers will be hosting, “Show Up For Love,” a gathering at the Lee County Clerk of Court’s office on Tuesday, January 6th at 10:00 AM. UUCFM will also be hosting free marriage ceremonies on January 11th at their sanctuary. Please visit uucfm.org for more information.

Event #2:

Join pro-equality suporters at Rockade for a special party on Tuesday, January 6th from 6:00-10:00 PM! Gather for food, drink specials, and celebration.

1015 SE 47th Ter, Cape Coral, Florida 33904

Leon County

Event #1:

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee (UUCT) will be offering ready-made church weddings from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in the sanctuary.

All same-sex couples are welcome to join us. Rather than a group ceremony, couples will have separate marriage services so RESERVATIONS will be necessary. Further instructions will be e-mailed to those reserving spots. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Event #2:

Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law is offering to marry gay couples in their office for the same price they'd pay if they went to the courthouse. The firm will start officiating weddings January 9th. To schedule a wedding ceremony, call 904-516-5560 or click here to visit the website.

Event #3:

Free same-sex marriage ceremony Tallahassee 1/10 @ 11:00 AM gazebo @ Lake Ella. Bring license, ID 

Event #4:

United Church of Tallahassee: Pastor Nan will be doing weddings this Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm. She's scheduling 30 minute time slots. Contact Pastor Nan to schedule a ceremony ASAP. Her email is [email protected]. The office is [email protected].

Manatee County

Event #1:

The Rev. Dee Graham, Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's consulting minister, will join other clergy colleagues in the Manatee County Courthouse square to bless and perform weddings on Tuesday, January 6th. Others who prefer more traditional ceremoneis are invited to participate in Manatee Unitarian Universalist's free Wedding Party starting at 2pm Sunday, Jan. 11. Reservations suggested: (https://www.facebook.com/events/355553244619053/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming)

Marion County

Event #1:

The Unitarian Universalists of Marian County will be opening their sanctuary to officiate re-commitment ceremonies and marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Please contact Sandy Tortorete at [email protected] to schedule a ceremony, complete with roses and cupcakes! A donation of $25 has been requested to cover costs.

Miami-Dade County

Event #1: 

The Renewing of Vows and Marriage Recognition Ceremony, presented by SAVE and the ACLU of Florida:

Tuesday, January 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM - Ceremony to begin promptly at 6:30 PM.

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden; 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Please contact [email protected] for more information or to renew your vows during the ceremony.

Event #2:

Unity on the Bay is performing a mass marriage ceremony for couples newly married and couples wishing to renew their vows.

 

The group marriage ceremony will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:00am, and is free for couples to partic. Private individual ceremonies will be offered from 2pm to 5pm on the same day for a reduced fee of $200.

411 NE 21st St, Miami, FL 33137. Visit http://www.unityonthebay.org/freesamesexmarriage for more information and to sign up.

Monroe County

Event #1:

Gather for a celebration at the Monroe County Court House in Key West on Monday, January 5th at 11:30 PM and again on Tuesday, January 6th at 8:30 AM in proper attire for attending a wedding or like celebration. Bring confetti, flowers, and the best of wishes for couples obtaining their marriage licenses!

Event #2:

Join Plaintiff couple Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones at their wedding reception at Aqua Nightclub, Tuesday January 6th at 12:45 AM. 

Orange County

Event #1:

The Greater Orlando Marriage Equality Celebration: 

7:00-10:00 PM on Tuesday, January 6th

The Hammered Lamb; 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/330673300466773/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Event #2:

Vowed and Proud, presented by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Metropolitan Business Association:

The City of Orlando & the Metropolitan Business Association are holding a “Vowed & Proud” Celebration to commemorate the historic FIRST DAY that marriage licenses will be issued to same sex couples in Florida.  We are planning a group marriage ceremony officiated by Mayor Buddy Dyer in the Orlando City Hall rotunda on January 6, 2015.  If you are interested in being married on the first day at our Vowed & Proud Ceremony, please email [email protected] ASAP.

Event #3:

Central Florida Gets Married!

The GLBT Center of Central Florida will present a mass wedding and re-commitment ceremony at the Center, starting at 6:00 PM. The wedding will be officiating by Circuit Court Judge Bob LeBlanc. Please call to reserve your space: 407-228-8272

946 N Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

Osceola

Event #1:

Tracy and Tarina Golly - Any of the first 30 getting married in Kissimmee at 12:01am: we will have a photographer there to do our personal photos and be available for them also we are in the first 30 registered. My phone number is 352 348 3954 my email is [email protected]. Any info you need you can call me for we are registered to be one of the 30 to be married at 12:01 am in Kissimmee at the osceola courthouse and we will be there at 9 pm to wait. Contact the photographer Jennifer Slater at (352)409-2686

Palm Beach County

Event #1:

Two gatherings have been planned for Tuesday, January 6th at the Palm Beach County courthouse: one at 7:30 AM and again at 4:30 PM. Participants will gather on the West side of the Courthouse on Quadrille between Banyan and 3rd St.

Presented by MCC of the Palm Beaches, Freedom to Marry, the Rusty Gordon GLBTA Democratic Caucus of the Palm Beaches, BLAST, and Palm Beach County NOW. Contact Allan Hendricks at 561-541-3700 for more information; www.facebook.com/events/336525256547990/?

Sarasota County

Event #1:

Know Your Rights: Wealth Planning for LGBT People and Marriage Celebration

Tuesday, January 6th from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota; 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Hosted by The Diversity Group at Morgan Stanley

Event #2:

Sarasota Pride will gather at the Sarasota Courthouse on Tuesday, January 6th at 8:30 AM to celebrate with all of the newlyweds and couples whose marriages become legally recognized that day! 

Volusia

Event #1:

"In recognition of Florida's acceptance of marriage equality, I am hosting an event this Friday, January 9th, in Ponce Inlet, FL. I have teamed with a local photographer to provide same-sex couples an opportunity to have a beautiful beach wedding here in Central FL at an amazingly affordable price. I would greatly appreciate if you would be willing to share this information on your Facebook page or website. This has already been shared by thenewsgayper.com and others. Those who would like to participate may wish to make reservations on my website, however we will be accepting walk-ins throughout the day. If you choose to share this with your followers, please make sure they know that Florida residents who have not completed a pre-marital course must obtain their marriage license no later than Tuesday, January 6th at a Clerk of Court. We have created a Facebook event as well: www.facebook.com/events/725878614174469