Saw this in todays Metro newspaper. Thought it was interesting. I wonder if the number of weddings will increase just because of this.
In a bid to make "City Hall" weddings a destination, instead of a last resort officials unveiled a new, expanded marriage bureau yesterday.
New York is trying to woo couples into taking the plunge at a new marriage bureau. Marriages come with a City Hall backdrop for memorable photographs.
New office for wedded bliss in city
by amy zimmer / metro new york
Manhattan. Move over Vegas. New York hopes to be the place to get hitched.
After decades of couples going to the Municipal Buildingâ€™s sterile and cramped Room 257 for their vows, the city will officially open on Monday a new marriage bureau at 141 Worth St., transforming the cavernous space that once housed the Department of Motor Vehicles with two wedding chapels wired to accept music from your iPod. A one-stop wedding teller process paperwork with instructions in 170 languages. After getting their license, couples must wait 24 hours before they marry.
â€œWe want to be the wedding destination of the world,â€ said First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris.
For the unprepared betrothed, flowers, stain remover, bobby pins and certificate frames are available for sale. No more prepping over the sink â€” bathrooms in the new digs have full-length mirrors. Thereâ€™s even a fake City Hall backdrop for photos. The city spent $12.3 million for the renovations in a bid to boost the more than the 16,000 couples who typically marry in its Manhattan marriage bureau. City officials expect to increase the $35 marriage license fee (major credit cards accepted). Las Vegas charges $55, but thereâ€™s no wait.
A New York nuptial, on the cheap:
Marriage or domestic partnership license: $35
Chapel fee: $25
Costume ring at CityStore: $9
Tissue with hearts printed on them: $1.75
Flowers: Ranges from $50 for the â€œpassionâ€ bouquet of roses to $4 for the â€œadmirationâ€ carnation.
Trying to boost City Hall weddings! City hall has a new "wedding office" in NYC!
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