New York Gay Weddings Planned For Midnight July 24; A Pop-Up Chapel In Central Park

Gay couples across New York are preparing for the big day.

At least two couples are planning to be the first ones to wed after midnight when New York's gay marriage law takes effect.

Gay marriage will be legal in the state on July 24, a Sunday. Clerks' offices in New York City and some other municipalities will open to accommodate couples seeking licenses.

But two couples say local officials in western New York and the Hudson Valley are making arrangements to exempt them from a mandatory 24-hour waiting period after they get their marriage licenses so they can exchange vows immediately.

Linda Mussman of Hudson says she will marry her partner of 35 years, Claudia Bruce right after midnight.

Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd of Buffalo plan to wed around the same time in the park alongside Niagara Falls.

In New York City, a group of friends is launching a 'Pop-Up Chapel: A Gift To The City Of New York Celebrating Marriage Equality' in Central Park on July 30.

According to Curbed, "Pop-up Chapel has enlisted bridal juggernaut The Knot and architecture site Architizer to run a competition calling for temporary chapel designs; the entry fee is only 20 bucks and the prize is $3,000 to build one fabulous wedding pavilion at the tourist mecca Merchants' Gate on the southwest corner of Central Park. "

The Pop-Up Chapel group says everything marrying couples need for their big day will be provided: "the officiant, the photographer, the bubbly, the photographer, witnesses, and of course, the cupcakes."

Interested? Join the waiting list here.