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Want to Get Married on Valentine's? Get in Line

Four hundred couples who made appointments have priority. But you may still be able to pull it off.

Valentine's Day is a popular day to get hitched. Credit Fritz Photography
Valentine's Day is a popular day to get hitched. Credit Fritz Photography

As a day dedicated to love, tomorrow will be filled with the sound of wedding bells, and Los Angeles County officials are preparing for a busy day of civil ceremonies.

About 400 couples have made appointments for wedding ceremonies at the county's seven Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's offices, according to
spokeswoman Regina Ip. No more appointments are available, but couples can show up unannounced to obtain a license and be married on Valentine's Day -- if they are prepared to wait.

Offices can be found in Beverly Hills, East Los Angeles, Lancaster, Los Angeles (S. Compton Avenue), Norwalk, Van Nuys and West Los Angeles.

According to Ip, there are normally about 30 wedding ceremonies performed each day at the main county clerk's office in Norwalk, 12400 Imperial Highway. So far for Friday, 100 are already scheduled.

Instead of the normal one chapel set up at the Norwalk office, the county will have six on Valentine's Day, with ceremonies being held every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Couples can begin obtaining marriage licenses at 8 a.m.

—City News Service

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