Twins host multiple matrimonies

Twins host multiple matrimonies

MINNEAPOLIS -- Was it a nice Saturday at the ballpark for a ballgame, or a wedding?

Why not both?

Take me out to the ballgame, and here comes the bride.

Before the Twins met the White Sox in an early 11:10 a.m. CT game at the Metrodome, the club held a "Multiple Matrimony Ceremony" for 83 couples.

Approximately 50 of the couples had their wedding on the field, with the rest on hand to renew their vows. Anyone that wished to be part of the ceremony had to write a letter saying why they wanted to be married or renew their vows on the field.

Certainly no stranger to marrying people in a unique venue, the Rev. Gary Gottfried from Mall of America's Chapel of Love presided over the ceremony.

Twins great Tony Oliva served as the celebrity witness and signed all the marriage licenses. Mascot T.C. Bear was adorned in a tuxedo and top hat.

Many of the brides were wearing wedding dresses. Some wore Twins jerseys. A few actually found a way to ensemble with both. Everyone was serenaded to The Carpenters classic "We've Only Just Begun."

Gathered in a tent outside the Dome for a special pregame/pre-wedding reception, the couples were treated to champagne, wedding cake and fittingly for their wedding/ballgame affair -- hot dogs.

All of the wedding parties were seated together and watched Minnesota play the White Sox following the ceremony.

May the happy couples spend their relationships heckling the visiting team and not one another.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.