A Wedding At A Sewage Plant?
April 12, 2014

A Wedding At A Sewage Plant?

Picture this: it is your wedding day. As you don your white gown or black tux, you look out your dressing room window to see the view of the place you have chosen for your wedding. Just what do you look at? Well, a waste treatment facility. Yes, you read that correctly. Waste treatment = raw sewage. If you think this is a joke, just visit Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center near Bothell, Washington. As KIROtv.com explains, the facility just started advertising on Facebook concerning its availability for weddings and wedding receptions. The article shows the Facebook post:

“Need a place to party? With a full catering kitchen, state-of-the-art AV equipment, dance floor, ample parking, beautiful outdoor grounds, and room for up to 260 people, our LEED Platinum certified Brightwater Center has everything you need for your wedding reception or special event.”

Now, at first I thought, well, WTF? Then, I went to the Brightwater Education & Community Center website for more information and saw pictures of the locale, and it was quite pretty. People even hike trails around the facility, so why not have a wedding? Though the weddings would happen only steps from the raw sewage plant, the treatment is contained, as it is a “zero odor” facility, thus there would be no smell.

On top of that, it is pretty affordable. At only $2,000 to rent the indoor section of the Brightwater Center for eight hours, many couples may find the place even more alluring. And the pictures certainly show a beautiful surrounding despite the sewage treatment happening around it.

The KIROtv article states, “The money from the events goes back into environmental education programs at the treatment facility.” If a couple can get married and help the environmental education program, this just may attract more people than we know. Many today like the idea of leaving a positive impact in the wake of their lives. To marry and help educational programs does just that.

Did I mention that the pictures shown on the website are pretty, well, pretty? The lush green of the Pacific Northwest combined with tall trees, pretty walking paths, and flora galore might be enough to convince many couples of using the facility. Combine that with the affordable price and the end use of the money, and, well, it just might turn out to be a goldmine.

I know it seems weird to think about having a special event – be it a wedding, family celebration, or just gathering otherwise – so close to a sewage treatment facility, but why not find more than one use for the space? We talk more and more about efficient management of space and recycling, reusing, and reducing. Isn’t all this exactly what the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center is doing? Yes, it might be hard to get over the reality that wastewater is only feet away from where one weds his mate, but it is a pretty brilliant plan on the part of the Brightwater Center. It gets folks to the plant while also bringing in some revenue and promoting and showcasing the fact that the grounds of the place and trails surrounding it are still beautiful. And it’s working. The plant already has one couple booked!

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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