Friday, January 26, 2007

Faxploitation: Happy Couples, Please Report to the Wedding Room (But RSVP First)

By Kara Platoni
Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Hey lovebirds! Thinking of tying the knot on Valentine's Day at the Alameda County Clerk's office? Turns out, you're not the only one. In fact, the Clerk's office, which will provide a "specially furnished" Wedding Room for the big day, is so afraid of being practically awash in blissed-out couples on February 14 that they're sending out a plea for marriage-minded couples to book ahead, for other folks to volunteer as deputy marriage commissioners, and say they're considering opening up Wedding Room #2 "in a nearby office space," if necessitated by the laws of supply and demand. Wow! We had no idea that getting married on Valentine's Day was such competitive sport. The full press release after the jump.


    OAKLAND - Alameda County is gearing up again for the annual rush of couples who choose to exchange wedding vows on Valentines Day, February 14, in the Wedding Room inside the County Clerk-Recorder's Office.

    With Alameda County offices closed for the observance of Lincoln's Birthday on Monday, February 12, Alameda County officials believe Valentine's Day could be especially busy for the volunteer deputy marriage commissioners who staff the County's popular Wedding Room, on the second floor of the Clerk-Recorder's Office, 1106 Madison Street, Oakland.

    With this in mind, Alameda County is asking people to call ahead to reserve a time to use the Wedding Room on Valentine's Day. Couples wishing to wed in the specially-furnished room on February 14 should call (510) 272-6362 to make an appointment.

    Times will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

    If all time slots are filled, the County will open a second Wedding Room in a nearby office space to accommodate more couples. The fee for a marriage license is $84, which includes one certified copy. The fee for the wedding ceremony is $50, with cash or checks accepted.

    Alameda County is also looking for people interested in joining its team of volunteer deputy marriage commissioners. These volunteer commissioners are called on throughout the year to perform wedding ceremonies. Call (510) 272-6362 for more information.

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