You read that headline. We are talking about the ultimate in romance efficiency — a combined Valentine’s Day and wedding day, all rolled up into 15 minutes that ends with cupcakes for two.
Yes, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing back its Cupid at the Castle event, a non-stop run of 15-minute, $200 weddings inside historic Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street. They tried it for the first time last year, with great success. I broke down the intense 15-minute production line wedding schedule in this story from last year, “Castle plays Cupid to couples.”
Here’s how it works: Couples bring the marriage license and up to 20 guests. Each gets 15 minutes for the wedding, commitment ceremony or vow renewal, and a choice between the front porch or the Victorian-styled Reception Hall. Chaplain Jeremiah O’Keefe-West will officiate the weddings and Ron Jones Photography will be on hand to capture the moment.
Also new this year: mini-receptions! The couple can toast themselves and have a cupcake!
Wedding appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the cost per ceremony is a donation of $200 to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, if you reserve a space by Jan. 31. After then, it’s $225. (The weddings are more expensive this year, but they filled up quickly last year; when I talked with the Trust on Wednesday, fewer than a fourth had been reserved.)
To make a wedding reservation, call 404-885-7812.
Want to go? Rhodes Hall tours begin every hour, on the hour. $4-$8. Free for Georgia Trust members and children younger than 6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 1516 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-9980, www.georgiatrust.org/historic_sites/rhodeshall.