Valentines get quickie marriage licenses at airport

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A newly-wed couple is seen outside a temporary pop-up marriage license office at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Las Vegas airport has given new meaning to rushing to make a connection, offering quickie wedding licenses for lovebirds seeking to get hitched on Valentine's Day. - AFP



LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas airport has given new meaning to rushing to make a connection, offering quickie wedding licenses for lovebirds desperate to get hitched on Valentine's Day. Clark County, the authority that administers Sin City's weddings, has opened a pop-up marriage license bureau by a baggage carousel at McCarran International Airport. On Tuesday a steady stream of couples arrived at the office - open through Feb. 17 - to get their marriages off the ground without all the fuss. "I'm really excited that they actually did this, because it's a lot more stress having to come through the airport, then get to the county clerk's office, wait in line," said Stefanie, of Dallas, Texas. "So this was really painless and really quick. So, very convenient." The pop-up office's $77 licenses are good for all of Vegas's famous venues, including the Cannabis Chapel, Elvis Chapel, Chapel in the Clouds and the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. The wedding industry contributes more than $2 billion annually to the local economy and Clark County issues about 80,000 licenses a year - more than any other office in the country. Al and Gail Murphy, from Alberta, in Canada, were among the customers taking advantage of the office Saturday. "It was super convenient to have this set up here, the marriage license bureau," said Gail, proudly brandishing a white package emblazoned with red hearts containing the document. "And I love the envelope," she said. "We're all set up. We just have to go have fun and show up on the day." - AFP


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