Going to The Chapel, The Pop-Up Plexiglass Chapel at The Wythe Hotel, to Get Married
State by state, equal marriage rights continue to gain ground across the country. But gay couples are still prohibited from marrying in 31 states, including Nevada.
So if you’re a same-sex couple that always wanted to get hitched in one of those kitschy Vegas drive-through chapels, you’re out of luck. In Sin City, the sanctity of marriage is still reserved for Britney Spears and her 24-hour husband. Committed couples like that.
Here’s the next best thing, and no, we don’t mean the Madonna-Rupert Everett movie. (Let us never speak of it again.) To coincide with NYC Pride, Wythe Hotel is unveiling a pop-up wedding chapel on the outdoor deck of The Ides, its rooftop bar. Looking to make it official on a spur of the moment? Look no further.
From June 27-29, it takes just $1,500 to book an hour-long ceremony for up to 20 guests, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a wedding photograph and a champagne toast. And just to be clear, same-sex marriage is recognized in New York, so when you’re “legally pronounced” husbands or wives, it’s a binding deal. (Get the full details here.)
The pop-up concept may take some cues from the whole Vegas chapel landscape, but this is a way swankier spot to get married than inside some plaster replica of Graceland. The chapel itself is an art piece titled Maxikioski and designed by Tom Fruin. Fruin is known for working with salvaged materials — he’s the same artist who created the Wythe’s marquee from reclaimed tin signs.
And Maxikioski, previously exhibited at Art Basel, is an impressive structure made from 1,000 pieces of scrap plexiglass and studded with steel rivets. The modern art-meets-cathedral result has stained glass-style effect, casting light in every color of the rainbow.
In the words of Reverend RuPaul, “Everybody say — ‘love!’”
[Image: Maxikioski, courtesy of Wythe Hotel]