At least here on the Cape, it has. It’s May 5th and I had to go put a sweatshirt on before I started writing this morning. I married a lovely couple a short two weeks ago on the beach at Herring Cove, and when I got to the part about “now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other,” I looked at these two poor women turning blue together and we all had to have a chuckle.
But weather notwithstanding, spring is here, and if you’re considering getting married in PTown this summer, now is the time to get your reservations, because guesthouses, inns, and my calendar are all filling up fast!
As more and more states are recognizing marriage equality, you may wonder why coming to Provincetown to get married remains a Good Idea. After all, many of you—thank God, the Goddess, the Universe—can now be married in your own home states. And in many cases, I think that you should.
But destination weddings are really a pilgrimage of sorts, aren’t they? Provincetown holds a very special place in many people’s hearts. For some of you, it represents the first time you were able to walk down the street holding your lover’s hand. For others, it’s simply where you first met. And celebrating Massachusetts as the first state to stand up and declare itself for equality is a moving and (I think) important statement for all of us.
Coming here to be married means standing behind the courage of the Commonwealth, showing that you recognize what it did at a time when it was extremely politically difficult to do so—well, that’s a thank-you of sorts as well, isn’t it?
And frankly, even if that doesn’t touch you, then our beaches, our twisting narrow streets, our whales and our lighthouses must surely convince you!
So … please come to Provincetown in the springtime, to paraphrase the song. We’re here, and we’re very happy to see you. And when you get married … get married in PTown!