When: Fri., Feb. 14, 5 p.m. 2014
This year’s Grammy Awards — during which Queen Latifah officiated the marriages of 34 gay and straight couples — made mass weddings trendy. Now the City of Berkeley is jumping on the bandwagon. To celebrate the first Valentine’s Day since the repeal of DOMA and Prop 8, the Downtown Berkeley Association is inviting couples who wish to wed to the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza (2160 Shattuck Ave.), where their marriages will be officiated by Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore, Berkeley School Board Member Judy Appel, and Berkeley Chamber CEO Polly Armstrong. After the chorus of “I dos,” the crowd will be able to vote for their favorite couples — in the categories of gay, lesbian, and straight — and the three winning newlywed pairs will receive a free mini-honeymoon, including a two-night stay at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, meals at Eureka! Burger and BUILD Pizzeria, and tickets to see Berkeley Rep’s The House that will not Stand. After the winners have been announced, all are invited to the Hotel Shattuck Plaza (2086 Allston Way) for a wedding reception with champagne and cake.