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Over 250 Couples Got Married by L.A. County on Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2018 by Juliet Bennett Rylah

Couples were invited to receive same-day weddings without a prior appointment on Valentine’s Day. Photo: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office

On Valentine’s Day, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RR/CC) offered same-day weddings to any couple wanting to tie the knot. Couples were able to show up as early as 8 a.m. in Norwalk and 8:30 a.m. at six other area locations, including Lancaster, Beverly Hills, and four L.A. locations without a prior appointment.

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In 2017, the county saw more than 250 couples wed, with 84 of them expressing their vows at RR/CC’s Norwalk headquarters. Spokesperson Brenda Duran told City News Service that, by comparison, the Norwalk office typically averages 48 weddings per day.

This year, RR/CC’s Mike Sanchez told We Like L.A. that 285 ceremonies were performed countywide, with 90 of them taking place in Norwalk.

Ceremonies cost couples $35, while marriage licenses cost $85 for a confidential license or $91 for a public one. Some couples dressed up, while others wore more casual outfits for the affair.

One of 285 couples to wed countywide on Valentine’s Day. Photo: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office

Similar festivities occurred at courthouses and chapels across the nation. In Las Vegas, you can get married at a kiosk in the McCarran airport, or even at Denny’s. Ceremonies take place throughout the city over a 24-hour period beginning at midnight. However, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the Clark County Marriage License Bureau now keeps hours of 8 a.m. to midnight, so the marriage isn’t official until the papers are signed. Meanwhile in Michigan, many couples trek to the small town of Hell, meaning they’ll be presented with a certificate that reads, “Married in Hell.”

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