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Marisa Kabas

By Marisa Kabas
December 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm



Most girls dream of their wedding day from a very young age: the dress, the groom, the picturesque setting. Now imagine your dress was a Santa costume, your groom has been drinking for a few hours, and the setting is an NYC club at 11:30 in the morning. If this sounds perfect for you and your fiance, sign up to Get Married By Santa at this year’s SantaCon.

In this scenario, “Santa” is actually Reverend Gary A. Wapnitsky of Married by Gary. He’s been officiating weddings all around the city for some time, he told HyperVocal when reached by phone, and this is his second year marrying couples at the drinking/puking event of the holiday season.

“I’m a wedding officiant and I thought it’d be an interesting idea to do weddings at SantaCon,” Gary told us. “So last year I contacted the people at SantaCon, and we had six couples get married. Then I got an email in October of this year asking if wanted to do it again.”

For $75 (a more than 75% discount from his usual rate), you and your beloved can be married in front of drunk strangers who probably won’t remember it the next day. It will be the Snapchat of weddings.

The proceedings are held at the venue where the annual pub crawl begins: Last year it was at Hudson Terrace, a large NYC event space, with about 300 people present. “People were dressed as Santa, one couple was dressed as a toy soldier and a Christmas tree, we had a sexy Santa, we had everything,” Gary said. This year’s ceremony will be at a location TBA.

Gary already knows where he and his Santa costume will be going, but he was not able to disclose that info. He was able to tell us that he estimates “close to 1,000 people” will be in the room.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

In order to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you’ll need a valid NYC wedding license stamped no later than 11:59 A.M on Friday, December 13, 2013. Only one day left so hurry!

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This is some happy news in the wake of a lot of negativity shrouding this year’s Con. Some bars have decided to ban participants in the crawl, and residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side have put up signs aimed at participants that say, “Take your body fluids and public intoxication elsewhere (and off this island, preferably)” and “We do not apologize for any inconvenience.”

So far four couples have signed up to be wed by Reverend Gary — er, Santa. We’re excited to see them get maritally blitzed.

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