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Las Vegas anticipating flurry of weddings on 12/12/12

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Freshly married couples pose for photos at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas Friday November 11, 2011.

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An anticipated influx of thousands of lovebirds wanting to get hitched in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 12 — 12/12/12 — has the Clark County Marriage License Bureau preparing for long lines.

The bureau traditionally sees spikes in marriage license applications around unique dates, including Nov. 11, 2011, when 3,300 marriage licenses were issued over a four-day period, and Oct. 10, 2010, when 3,090 licenses were issued over four days.

The largest spike recorded was on July 7, 2007 — 7/7/07 — when 4,333 marriage licenses were issued in Clark County over four days.

The bureau normally issues about 7,400 marriage licenses a month.

“The Marriage License Bureau will probably be extremely busy December 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th due to the likelihood of a large number of weddings planned for 12/12/12,” Clark County Clerk Diana Alba said in a statement. “We will do what we can to avoid long lines, but couples can help too by completing a marriage license pre-application.”

The pre-application can be filled out online at the Clark County government website. It is not required to obtain a marriage license, which costs $60, but it will help couples save time, Alba said.

The main Marriage License Bureau office is on the south side of the Regional Justice Center, 201 E. Clark St., and is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The bureau is also opening its Laughlin office, 101 Civic Way, on Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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