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175 couples married at Capitol in past year

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What happens at the State Capitol changes all of our lives, especially the 175 couples who got married in that historic building over the last year.


What happens at the State Capitol changes lives every day. And that's especially true for the 175 couples who got married in that historic Madison building over the past year.

Some couples had a simple ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. But others chose the Assembly and Senate galleries for their nuptials and a few even got married in the Supreme Court hearing room, where a justice is required to look on.

Madison's mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, married his wife Dianne at the Capitol in 1989. Both were legislative aides at the time.

But many who get married there have no connection to government other than the fact that they pay taxes,and the Capitol's ornate artwork and designs make for some gorgeous wedding photos.

Also, cost is a factor these days. Madison event planner Angela Dupont says weddings at private places can cost hundreds of dollars.

But the biggest cost at the Capitol is the refundable damage deposit: $500 for the Senate chamber, and $300 in the Assembly. There's no fee for Rotunda ceremonies.