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Vegas Wedding Rush for 12-12-12

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(photo-SamStone KXNT) A couple leaves the Clark County Justice Center with marriage license in hand.

(photo-SamStone KXNT) A couple leaves the Clark County Justice Center with marriage license in hand.

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LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT-  The staff at Clark County’s marriage license bureau knew there was a rush on its way when they got a 75 percent bump last week in online pre-registration. But County Clerk Diana Alba has staffed up for it after the area’s wedding chapel managers tipped her that their bookings for the week of 12/12/12 were brisk.

“It’s the last of those unique dates where the day, the month, and the year are the same,” Alba told KXNT.

The big one was five years ago on July 7,  or 7/7/7.

“That was our record breaker,” Alba said. “We issued more marriage licenses that week than any other time. And a close second to that was last year with 11/11/11.”

Alba anticipates the next big date-related rush might be November 12 of next year, or 11/12/13, which falls on the Tuesday after Veteran’s Day weekend.

Las Vegas is a wedding destination on any day, of course.  A recent study showed 1 in 20 weddings, or five percent in 2011 took place in Las Vegas.

And, Alba says, it’s not all Elvis and crazy last-minute stuff. There are many long-lasting Vegas marriages, and couples come back to renew their vows decades later, she told KXNT.  And some of that five-percent are second- generation Vegas wedding couples who plan ahead to tie the knot in the same spot where mom and dad did.

There are 100 wedding chapels in Las Vegas, according to Alba.  She cites Convention and Visitors Bureau figures indicating non-gaming revenue from destination weddings amounts to $500 million annually.

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