Getting married on Valentine’s Day makes sense on one level – it’s billed as one of the most romantic days of the year.
However, there’s another reason that couples choose Feb. 14 to say “I do.” The date is a good choice for the forgetful.
“Women say they are getting married on Feb. 14 so their husbands will not forget their anniversary,” according to Sacramento County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Recorder Donna Allred. “I hear that all the time.”
Once at the clerk recorder’s office, the marriage license is issued and the couple, if they choose to be married on-site, is brought into a room for a wedding ceremony. Marriage licenses are $83. The ceremony is $36.
“Everything is done the same day,” said Allred.
Last year, the clerk-recorder’s office issued 9,259 licenses and performed 4,281 in-house ceremonies.
Volunteers handle most of the weddings on Valentine’s Day because extra help is needed.
“We need them because between our two locations, we have 78 weddings scheduled,” said Allred. “We have to keep it moving.”
On a usual Friday in February, there would probably be 25-30 marriage licenses issued.
The volunteers love helping out county staff on Valentine’s Day, said Allred.
“It is crazy and busy, but it is very festive,” she said. “Volunteers look forward to performing ceremonies on Feb. 14 every year. It is a happy part of a person’s life and they love that. I just hired a volunteer who is a 911 operator. She wanted to do something happy.”
While all appointments are booked on Friday at the clerk recorder two offices, walk-in couples wanting to get hitched can show up without an appointment at the downtown office, 600 Eighth St.
“Our schedule is full but we will work them in,” said Allred. “They may have to wait a little while but come on in.”
The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
“Love is in the air and Feb. 14 is a Friday this year before a holiday weekend,” said Allred. “It’s going to be big.”
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.