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Fewer weddings happening in Las Vegas this Valentine's Day

Molly Waldron

Fewer weddings happening in Las Vegas this Valentine's Day

CREATED Feb. 13, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Valentine's day is typically one of the most popular days to get married, especially in the Wedding Capitol of the World, Las Vegas.

"It's a very romantic time to get married," said Shelly Powers, a local wedding planner. "Valentine's Day is very special." 

The Vegas Wedding Chapel has 45 appointments scheduled for Valentine's Day, and expects to host more than 100 ceremonies before the holiday is done.

"We will probably have extra staff for tomorrow," Powers said. 

Wedding ceremonies will begin early in the morning, and the chapel expects to stay open until midnight.

Typically, the three days leading up to Valentine's Day are very busy at the Marriage Bureau. But just one day before Valentine's Day, numbers are down from last year.

"I think some of it has to do with the economy," said Diana Alba, Clark County Clerk. "I think it's a bit difficult for a couple to decide to get married and start a family when their employment situation isn't very stable." 

One couple from California took 13 years to tie the knot, and they'll be doing so on Valentine's Day in Las Vegas.

"I want to make sure I get to know someone really good before making vows like that, because I really believe in marriage," said Bryan Lee Ziegler.

"I felt that way too, let's wait until the right time, and then he was ready," said Bryan's fiance, Sada Hough.

The couple is eloping, but promises they'll hold a reception for friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

Although numbers are slightly lower than last Valentine's Day, the Clark County Marriage Bureau is still issuing about two or three times the amount of licenses they would on a normal day.

Las Vegas is still considered the marriage capitol of the world, with five percent of all weddings in the country taking place in Sin City.

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