By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
EVERETT — Are you engaged? A baseball fan?
Well, here’s an idea for a wedding location.
The Everett AquaSox minor league baseball club plans to host a wedding and reception for a lucky couple during a home game this coming season at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Remember when Jimmy and Millie got married on the baseball field in “Bull Durham,” the 1988 movie starring Kevin Costner? Well, since then nuptials have become an increasingly popular event at minor league stadiums and even major league ballparks around the country.
When AquaSox marketing executive Erica Fensterbush moved from York, Pa., to work for the Frogs, she brought with her the ballpark wedding idea.
“The York Revolution, a minor league baseball team, hosted a wedding night each summer where a couple would get married on the field prior to the game,” Fensterbush said. “They hosted the wedding reception at the ballpark as well. It’s a crazy idea, but it works for minor league baseball, so I figured why not bring it to Everett?”
So, now Fensterbush and the team are on the hunt for the perfect bride and groom who want to spend their wedding day at the park.
The pre-game wedding on the field is to be followed by the couple throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, their first dance atop the AquaSox dugout and their groomsmen doing a bat race on the field.
The Bullpen BBQ is to be the site of the reception, with the bride and groom able to choose their menu and drinks.
“Although it isn’t a typically wedding venue or reception site, we’ll make the day special and one that the bride and groom will definitely remember,” Fensterbush said. “After posting the idea on Facebook, some of our fans and season ticket holders suggested doing a wedding vow renewal ceremonial, which I love! Instead of the 7th-inning stretch, maybe we’ll do the 7th-inning vow renewal.”
The deadline to apply to tie the knot at the AquaSox game this summer is Jan. 4. Send a short essay about why you want to get married at the ballpark to Fensterbush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m definitely in the early process of planning because I want the couple who decides to get married here to have a big part in the planning process,” she said. “The key at this point is finding the right couple. We are in the early stages of planning all of our theme nights and promotional events, but for a couple looking to get married as early as June, this isn’t too early.”
At this point, the only home games not up for grabs as a wedding day are opening day June 17 and July 4, Fensterbush said.
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