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Hundreds of couples flock to Las Vegas to tie knot on Oct. 10, 2020

Posted at 5:54 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 11:14:39-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hundreds of couples are expected to get married on a day that leaves no room for one of the betrothed to forget their wedding anniversary.

Paula Cook, supervisor at the Marriage License Bureau, said 400 people applied for a wedding license on Thursday, double the average rate, and 700 were expected to apply on Friday ahead of Saturday's special 10/10/20 date.

Cook said a special marriage certificate was made for the event and would be included in the marriage certificate packet for anyone planning to get married Saturday.

She said the last date to attract this level of attention from people looking to tie the knot was 8/18/18, two years ago when 1,036 licenses were issued.

Weddings in Las Vegas could be aided by coronavirus related international travel bans, with couples like Phoenix-based Lekeisha Weimerskirch and John Thompson scrapping their plans to wed in Thailand in favor of a Las Vegas wedding.

"We were originally going to do Thailand which we obviously can't do now with everything going on so we chose Vegas," Weimerskirch said. "It's a great place that all of our guests could come to."

Several procedures have changes in applying for a marriage license to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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One major change is prospective partners have to apply online before getting their licenses from the Marriage License Bureau here.