‘There’s no place like Vegas’ for a Valentine’s Day wedding
In the marriage capital of the world — Las Vegas — love is always in the air.
This month, Clark County expects an influx of marriage license applications, with one date, Feb. 22, 2022 (2/22/22) — a popular pick for numerology fans — expected to break records. The downtown Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau was shut down for six weeks in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, it quickly returned to business in 2021. The number of marriage certificates issued in that year was greater than 2019.
Although the U.S. marriage rate is generally declining, the country will see an estimated 2.5 million weddings in 2022 — the highest number in the past decade, according to the Knot.
On Valentine’s Day morning, the bureau was bustling with soon-to-be-married couples. They were dressed in jeans and dresses, embracing and sharing kisses as they waited in line to purchase marriage licenses — the document that would render their union legally valid — for $102. The line can stretch for hundreds of feet and wrap around the block on some days, Lynn, County Clerk, stated. Marie Goya oversees the bureau.
“Everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s is always a busy day for us,” Goya said. “It’s very easy to come to Clark County to get married.”
The office is open all year round, from 8 p.m. to midnight. It prides itself on its efficiency. Goya explained that the average wait time for a license is about 10 minutes.
“If you’re planning a big wedding at home, that’s not who we are,” Goya said. “If you really want to focus on you and not the event, but the actual nuptials and celebrating with your family and friends, there’s no place like Vegas.”
Numerous wedding chapels were open Monday. Melissa and Jason Dowe brought their two Yorkshire Terriers Minni, and Harley to Vegas Weddings, downtown Las Vegas. Two truck drivers, the two shared their first kiss in 2014.
Jason informed Melissa that he was going to marry her. “I laughed in the man’s face,” Melissa said Monday morning. “I told him, ‘Good luck on that one.’”