Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Free Valentine's Day wedding ceremonies

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I DO Stanley and Bridgette Calloway getting married this morning at the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville.
  • Joeff Davis
  • I DO Stanley and Bridgette Calloway getting married this morning at the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville.

Why not take the ultimate plunge with you partner this Valentine's Day? You can do it real cheap today at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville where they are offering free wedding ceremonies all day. Although weddings are normally free a the Gwinnett Justice and Administration building, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse normally rents for $170 an hour, with an 8 hour minimum rental (it's booked through November). But today you can get married there for free. All you need to do is swing by Gwinnett County Probate court and get a marriage license (you both will need a drivers license and a birth certificate or valid passport and a divorce decree, if either of you have been previously married), and pay the $56 dollar wedding license fee (only $16 if you have certificate that you have completed premarital counseling). And then proceed directly to the Historic Courthouse for your ceremony, which takes less than five minutes. Last year, over 80 weddings were performed there on Valentine’s Day.

Stanley and Bridgette Calloway were one of the couples that got married this morning, after the service was delayed for a minute while a family member was sent to retrieve one of the wedding rings that was left in the car. ‘No better day than Valentines day to get married,” said Stanley shortly after the ceremony, “This is for us and God,” Bridgette added.

There's still time to head out there - marriage ceremonies will be performed until 4 p.m. and are on a first come first serve basis. Same sex couples, though, need not show up.

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