Lawrence won't approve cemetery as wedding venue

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A Lawrence couple who sought permission to get married in a local cemetery will have to find another venue to proclaim their undying love.

Abbie Stutzer told The Lawrence Journal-World in an email she thought Oak Hill Cemetery would provide a "nice, memorable" venue for a Halloween evening wedding this fall.

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department denied the request about a week after she submitted her proposal. Mark Hecker, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, said the cemetery wedding just wasn't a good idea, particularly if a funeral was also scheduled for that day.

Hecker said getting married on land owned by Parks and Recreation actually doesn't take a special permit, though reservations are required for certain facilities.