LAS VEGAS — Flowers, chocolates, and greeting cards are among the traditional elements for a Valentine’s Day celebration. But this holiday devoted to love would not be complete without a surge in shotgun weddings held in the cities numerous wedding venues.
Because of the Valentine’s Day rush, Vegas, being the wedding capital of the world — the Clark County Clerk’s office temporarily opened this pop-up marriage license office at McCarran International Airport.
From February 9 to 17, couples can obtain marriage license faster easier during the busy Valentine’s day, President’s day and Chinese New Year holidays.
“Anybody can get married anytime like you get off the plane or even you fall in love here and you realized you wanna marry the person,” said Amy Ramos.
“That’s really convenient kung kayoy magpapakasal or kung naniniwala kayo sa sagradong sakramento ng kasal,” said Bong Rosales.
Fil-Ams in the valley say that this is not only hassle-free, but it also attracts a lot of tourists to come to sin city and tie the knot.
The marriage license bureau issues about 80,000 marriage licenses annually, and is typically the busiest in the nation. In 2016 more than 1 out of every 25 marriages in the U.S. took place in Clark County. More than 1,500 marriage licenses are issued during the days leading up to and including Valentine’s Day.
But for this couple who has been married for 33 years, every day should be Valentine’s day and although obtaining marriage licensing can be easy in Vegas, they still believe in the customary wedding preparations.
“It depends on the values and the belief of the couple. We are Catholic; we believe in getting married in church the traditional way, not the easy way,” said Jean Bitangga.
The wedding industry is a very important component of the Vegas tourism economy. People who come to Clark County to attend weddings or to get married themselves, generated more than 2 billion in economic activity — including lodging entertainment dining and other non-gaming activities in 2016.