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Quickie Weddings On The Rise, Just Not In Vegas

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The Little White Wedding Chape in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

The Little White Wedding Chape in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a love recession and chapels see a moneymaking opportunity Dec. 12, 2012.

Thousands of couples are expected to come to Sin City to procure a wedding license stamped with a once-in-a-century 12-12-12.

These duplicate dates have become a rare bright spot in the Las Vegas wedding industry.

Overall, speedy weddings and destination ceremonies are more popular than ever. But Las Vegas’ share of the weddings business has fallen by a third since 2004 as cities from New Orleans to New York have gotten into the elopement industry.

The boom in competition means real heartache for Sin City, where newlyweds bring about $800 million annually.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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