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Press Release

News Release
June 18, 2014

Media Contacts:

David Blandford
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Marry Me in Seattle Advertising Campaign Launches Today

Mayor Ed Murray Will Officiate LGBTQ Ceremonies, More than 50 Local Companies Will Donate Wedding Services

EATTLE – Today the Marry Me in Seattle campaign launches nationwide in national LGBTQ travel and lifestyle media. The campaign includes an innovative sweepstakes for engaged couples to win hosted trips and weddings in the Emerald City – and a chance to be married by Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, Ed Murray.

The campaign and wedding sweepstakes were developed in collaboration with Visit Seattle’s agency Copacino + Fujikado, in partnership with Here Media and funding by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area, a dedicated marketing fund assessed from guests at 54 downtown Seattle hotels and administered by Visit Seattle.

Four wedding trips to Seattle will be awarded and Visit Seattle will host and coordinate all travel and wedding ceremony logistics.

The sweepstakes package includes participation from some iconic Seattle partners. For example, the first wedding ceremony on September 3 will feature air transportation by Alaska Airlines, a four-night stay at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, a wedding ceremony at Canlis restaurant, DJ and music, wedding photography, champagne courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, beer from Hilliard’s Brewery & Taproom and dessert from Trophy Cupcakes. Subsequent packages may vary. All four weddings include hosted accommodations and transportation to and from the ceremony offered by Uber Seattle.

“It’s an honor to be part of this campaign and I look forward to officiating at the ceremonies for the lucky couples who win wedding trips to Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “I appreciate the work Visit Seattle is doing to bring more out-of-town LGBTQ visitors to Seattle and the new Marry Me in Seattle campaign is a great example of that work.”

Ceremonies will take place on the first Wednesday of the month this September through December.

Any LGBTQ couple that resides outside of Washington State is eligible to win one of the four wedding trips. Winning sweepstakes entries will be randomly chosen.

Beginning today, the campaign web site,, features an essential Seattle LGBTQ marriage checklist that includes a link to Washington State’s marriage equality law (Referendum 74 which was passed by Washington voters in November 2012), information and links for marriage applications and licenses and a list of LGBTQ officiants.

The web site will also feature a wedding resource guide that includes more than 30 Seattle romance packages, transportation, wedding music and DJs, florists, photographers, venues and catering companies. The site and resource list will be permanent and continuously-updated.

“On the heels of an incredible Pride month in our city, we hope the Marry Me in Seattle campaign will expand the Pride spirit all year long,” said Ali Daniels, Visit Seattle Vice President of Marketing. “And we’re fortunate to have the support of community partners who believe, like we do, that Seattle is one of the world’s most welcoming LGBTQ travel destinations.”

The Marry Me in Seattle sweepstakes is co-sponsored by HERE Media, which produces and distributes niche content focused on LGBTQ consumers across a multi-platform global network including television, video on demand (VOD), broadband, online, print, and mobile. Brand titles include Here TV, print brands The Advocate, OUT and HIV Plus, and online properties including,,,,,, and

Ads will also appear in Passport magazine, an LGBTQ lifestyle publication, as well as in Seattle Met Bride & Groom, and in Visit Seattle’s visitor guides and at Pride festivals in Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C.

First Wednesday Wedding Partners

Air Transportation:
Alaska Airlines

Ravishing Radish
Tom Douglas Restaurants


Chateau Ste. Michelle

Trophy Cupcakes
Top Pot Doughnuts

SkyCity restaurant (Space Needle)

Cedarhouse Flowers
Marigold & Mint

Ground Transportation:
Uber Seattle

Hotel Vintage
Paramount Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Seattle Marriott Waterfront

Anthony Jacob

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Jean-Marcus Strole Photography
Kristen Marie Photography

Wedding Venues:
Seattle Aquarium
1927 Events

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. Visit our About Us page for more information about Visit Seattle.

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