Over the last few months the spotlight has been heavily focused on marriage, and the possibility of same sex marriage. Although some people might wonder why anyone would want to tie the knot, the results of the same sex marriage vote plebiscite has shown that the overwhelming majority of us feel that marriage should be an option for everyone, regardless of their sexual preference.
While most traditional weddings once took place in churches, many couples now opt for somewhere with less religious significance. Historic mansions are now favourite venues to get married - places like Ayers House, Martindale Hall, Mount Lofty House, Beaumont House and Cummins House are all popular wedding venues.
A Traditional Wedding: Married in Church on Pirie Street (SLSA PRG-1662-1-41-7)
In the warmer months, an outdoor wedding in beautiful gardens makes for a truly memorable event. The Adelaide Parklands have a wonderful variety of small and large gardens, and they are always a popular location for Adelaide weddings. Even people who get married indoors will often head to manicured gardens in our parklands for photos afterwards - such as at Veale Gardens.
But this might be about to change. The Adelaide City Council has now announced that all wedding ceremonies will be free in the parklands and Adelaide city squares from January 1 until the end of June next year - if marriage equality become law. Highly sought after wedding ceremony sites include Veale Gardens, Brougham Gardens, Bonython Park river bank and other places on the River Torrens, in particular Angas Gardens and Grundy Gardens. The normal fee can range from $27-$60 depending upon the location, so this will be a welcome saving for couples getting married.
Gay Historian Dr Gertrude Glosip at Grundy Gardens By University Footbridge
The offer of free weddings in the Adelaide Parklands applies to everyone, including people who had already booked a place. It will be particularly attractive to same sex couples who have been unable to marry until now. Now you can quickly and easily commit to your loved one without spending a fortune. I wonder if the Commonwealth government will respect the spirit and offer free divorces too?
If you're planning to get married in the first six months of 2018, now is the time to book your preferred wedding venue in the parklands. You can do it easily online at the City of Adelaide website. There are no fees applicable for wedding photography in the Adelaide parklands during this period either, but if you wish to hold your wedding reception there too you will need to book that separately.
The Rose Garden at Veale Gardens is a Popular Wedding Venue
Feast Festival hub Raj House has followed the City of Adelaide's announcement with the news it will be available for wedding receptions after the legal definition of marriage changes. Any profits will be directed back to the LGBTIQ community through programming queer events, supporting local queer artists and providing safe work and social environments.
Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese has also announced that Pride Walk at Light Square will be updated once marriage equality becomes law. He said "The installation of this rainbow-coloured walk includes a timeline highlighting significant milestones and events in our state's history, and this will be one such milestone."
Dannii Minogue, Martin Haese and Robert Simms at the Pride Walk Launch
Most of us will look back at the groundbreaking marriage equality legislation in a few years time and wonder why it took so long. In the meantime, the lesbian and gay community can't wait for the same sex marriage bill to pass into law. I imagine that Adelaide parklands and squares will be full of colour and celebrations when that happens, with free weddings in the Adelaide parklands everywhere.
Imagine a Bonython Park Wedding Next to the River Torrens
In the first picture, the church was demolished in favour of Ciry Council offices. However, the Hall at the rear was restored and as Meeting Hall is often usedby community bodies. And I will be performing there in The Fringe!!