When wedding bells chimed for Alan Martin and Laura Goldstein-Eagle, they packed up their dirty clothes and headed for a local laundromat.
Martin, 45, and Goldstein-Eagle, 30, both of Lawrence, were married Wednesday afternoon at Laundromat No. 777, 1827 La.
"We wanted to inject a little levity into it. Having it at a church is so serious," Martin said.
About 25 friends and relatives attended the Halloween service, which also attracted the attention of several customers who were washing clothes.
The couple and some friends and family members wore Halloween costumes during the service.
"I've done weddings at some unusual places before, but never at a laundromat," said Tim Miller, an ordained minister and assistant professor of religious studies at Kansas University.
MILLER conducted the wedding ceremony, which lasted about five minutes.
"I once did one while everyone was treading water in a farm pond that was kind of unusual, like this," he said.
"But usually they're pretty mundane," Miller said.
"We thought we'd kill two birds with one stone by getting married while we were doing our laundry," said Martin, a local organic farmer.
"Actually, it was her mother's idea to have it here," he said.
Goldstein-Eagle said she and Martin decided to get married about a month ago.
"We knew we wanted to have it on Halloween, but it took us a while to think of a good place," she said. "I think this laundromat has character."
Tip Yumitani, a KU graduate student who was washing clothes when the wedding entourage strolled into the laundromat, said she was surprised.
"I was wondering if this was a Halloween tradition or something," she said. "I think it's a very good idea."
BARBARA Bauye, the laudromat's attendant, said the newlyweds asked her about three weeks ago if they could get married among the washers and dryers.
"I thought it was a joke at first," she said. "I didn't know if it was going to happen until it did."
Kurt Limesand, the bride's stepbrother who was washing five loads of laundry during the ceremony, said he thought the wedding was unique.
"There's not too many people who do this," said Limesand, who caught the bride's bouquet.
The couple had scheduled a wedding reception Wednesday night at a local restaurant.