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50 Couples Get Married in a Mass Wedding Ceremony in Chicago

Published Monday, Sep. 27th, 2021

Couples gather outdoors for a group wedding in downtown Chicago, image via WLS-TV

50 couples were married over the weekend in a first-of-its-kind mass wedding celebration at the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago. 


Couples crossed the sunny plaza in formal wedding gowns, colorful dresses, and stylish suits, accompained by witnesses, with many carrying gorgeous seasonal flower bouquets. Several officiants were on hand to help the couples take their vows, and friends and family gathered along nearby Michigan Avenue to cheer along. 


“This special type of ceremony takes away their worries of hosting a wedding during a pandemic,” WLS-TV noted, as newlyweds expressed relief at the outdoor setting and attending without masks. 


Saturday’s “Marriages on the Mile'' coincided with the Wrigley Building’s 100th anniversary. The 50 lucky couples were given 2 weeks' notice that they’d been chosen to participate, and were entered to win prizes, including a grand prize featuring a romantic overnight trip, dinner, and boat cruise. 



Get the full scoop in Maher Kawash’s article for WLS-TV, ABC7 Chicago. 




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Photo shows multiple couples walking at the Wrigley Building in Chicago, dressed up, with witnesses, on their wedding day

A screenshot from 'Marriages on the Mile,' via WLS-TV



We predict a mass wedding trend in 2022...


We've written several articles recently about mass weddings, also called 'group weddings' or 'joint weddings,' because these more-the-merrier style celebrations are a natural choice for many couples planning a ceremony during the current wedding boom. 


As more and more and more couples head to the altar, and compete for limited venues and vendors on popular wedding dates, we expect the group wedding trend to rise -- from double weddings, to triple weddings, to wedding ceremonies with dozens of couples, just like this one in Chicago!


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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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