Jane Wiedlin, guitarist for female rock band the Go-Go’s, officiated the wedding ceremony of a same-sex Philadelphia couple over the weekend in Delaware. Same-sex marriage is not yet legal in the state of Pennsylvania.
The grooms—Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto, the Philadelphia based writers who co-authored “The Duchess of the Shallows”—are not acquainted with the rhythm guitarist, but rather acquired her services via her website, MarriedByJane.com.
Apparently when she’s not performing on stage, Wiedlin, an ordained minister, performs wedding ceremonies. Reverend Sister Go-Go offers a variety of packages for couples of “all creeds, genders, and persuasions,” and for $1500, Wiedlin will travel to any location, as well as sign autographs and take pictures with the couple. For an additional $1000, she will attend the reception. The most expensive option, the Double Platinum Package, offered at a whopping $4000, gets you all that, plus a performance of four songs and DJ services at the reception. None of these options include Reverend Go-Go’s travel or food expenses, which must also be paid for by the couple.
Wiedlin’s latest newly-weds, McGarry and Ravipinto, went all out for their ceremony, and chose the Double Platinum Package. Philly Magazine reports that Wiedlin performed several songs, including the Go-Go’s “Our Lips are Sealed,” and “a great cover of the Beach Boys’ song, ‘God Only Knows.’”
“Daniel Ravipinto and I were married in Woodshaven Kruse Park…by none other than Go-Go’s guitarist and songwriter Jane Wiedlin,” McGarry told Philly Magazine. “We then high-tailed it back to the William Way Community Center to party. Said party included Ms. Wiedlin performing such hits as ‘Our Lips Are Sealed,’ ‘Vacation,’ and a great cover of the Beach Boys’ song, ‘God Only Knows.’”
McGarry and Ravipinto have been together for 10 years. Congratulations to the newly weds!