Amorous Couples Expected to Flock to County for Valentine's Day Weddings

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a wedding?

Hundreds of people will likely be tying the knot today on what many people believe to be the most romantic day of the year.

That means people planning on a civil ceremony at Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's offices should probably anticipate some lines.

Brenda Duran, spokeswoman for the county clerk's office, said on a typical day, a total of about 50 civil ceremonies are performed by the office at its various locations. But on Valentine's Day last year, 285 couples got hitched.

The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's main office in Norwalk tends to be the busiest, with 90 ceremonies held there on Valentine's Day last year. Beverly Hills was the second-busiest, with 56 ceremonies, Duran said.

The fee for a civil wedding ceremony is $35. A separate fee is charged for the marriage license: $91 for a public license and $85 for a confidential license.

Couples can apply for the license online at, or at one of the clerk's offices. The Norwalk office at 12400 Imperial Highway will be open for ceremonies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the remote offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The clerk's district offices are:

-- Lancaster, 44509 16th St. West, suite 101;

-- LAX/Courthouse, 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd.;

-- Van Nuys, 14340 W. Sylvan St.;

-- Florence/Firestone, 7807 S. Compton Ave., room 102;

-- East Los Angeles, 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd, building B; and

-- Beverly Hills, 9355 Burton Way, third floor.

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