Las Vegas Offers Military Free Weddings

LAS VEGAS OFFERS MILITARY FREE WEDDINGS

Courage, sacrifice, bravery, are not only words to the men and women serving in the military and our veterans who have served; they are a way of life.

Las Vegas’ legacy as the marriage capital of the world began in 1931 when it passed a law allowing couples to be married on the spot with no wait times and no blood tests. That began a storied course of beginnings for celebrities and millions of families. Now that legacy is being extended to active military and veterans.

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Clark County Changes Rules for Fake Marriages

By Michael Scott Davidson Las Vegas Review-Journal

Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya has seen futures threatened by a single piece of missing paper.

The document is a marriage certificate. In the U.S. it could be vital to collecting a bevy of benefits, including those tied to health insurance, taxes and Social Security.

But for any of the tens of thousands of couples who tie the knot in Las Vegas each year, those benefits could be off the table if the officiant never files the proper paperwork with Goya.

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Las Vegas Wedding Industry Wants To Boost Marriage Rate

By Bailey Schulz Las Vegas Review-Journal

Matthew and Christi Zenner started planning their wedding in their home state of Washington, but it didn’t take long for them to call it quits. All of the necessary arrangements — from the venue to the guest list — soon became too overwhelming, Christi Zenner said.

Her husband, Matthew Zenner, said they switched plans and booked a Las Vegas wedding instead for a quick, easy destination wedding.

“When you’re thinking about a low-maintenance, stress-free wedding, Vegas is what comes to mind,” he said.

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Getting Name Change After Marriage Could Become Easier In Nevada

CARSON CITY — It may be easier for someone who gets hitched in Nevada to get a name change.

Assembly Bill 204 would require that the new name a bride or groom plans to use after marrying be listed on the marriage license and certificate.

The bill allows a newly married person to change middle and or last names. For example, someone could change a middle name to his or her former last name and take on a spouse’s last name.

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Getting Married On Valentine’s Day? Preapply And Avoid Rush

Couples hoping to marry on Valentine’s Day can streamline their plans by preapplying for marriage licenses.

The days just before and after Valentine’s Day are the busiest days of the year at Clark County’s Marriage License Bureau, and lines are expected to be long, the county clerk’s office said.

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‘Las Vegas Is Truly The Romance Capital Of The World’

With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, our wedding chapels will shift into overdrive for romantic couples wanting to tie the knot or renew their vows. The economic impact from wedding tourism here is $2 billion. That was the 2015 figure computed for me by county clerk Lynn Goya.

Lynn also told me that of the annual 40 million-plus visitors, 4 percent are here to get married or renew vows. In 2015, 350,000 couples traveled here to get married, and 80 percent of them were younger than 40. “Yes, Millennials are getting married,” said Lynn. “And one-quarter of all the duos from Britain fly here just to get married.”

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Clark County Expects To Issue 10,000th Same-Sex Marriage License Next Week

The “wedding capital of the world” is on the cusp of issuing its 10,000th marriage license to a same-sex couple, and local businesses want to make sure the ceremony to come will be a lavish celebration.

The Clark County Clerk’s Marriage License Bureau has received an abundance of gifts for the couple including a two-night stay at Mandalay Bay, free wedding photography from Frick Photo and offers for free ceremonies from a handful of local resorts and wedding chapels.

In all, more than 25 businesses have donated gifts. Most are members of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to say ‘thank you for getting married with us’ and celebrate the ‘same love, same rights’ (movement),” chamber president Kristen LaBuda said. “Marriage equality is just an important value to us here.”

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Clark County Wants to Create Online Public Records Archive Going Back to 1909

Business proposals from reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, candid photographs of alleged mob bosses, paperwork for plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

Those public records and more — the fabric of Clark County’s history — will be at the fingertips of anyone with a computer and internet access as an ongoing initiative by the county clerk’s office comes to fruition.

County Clerk Lynn Goya is on a mission to digitize every public record her office has in order to create an online archive of documents dating back to 1909, when Clark County was created by dividing Lincoln County.

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County Approves Lesser Amount for Wedding Promotion

County commissioners on Tuesday authorized money collected from the extra $14 per marriage license fee that began six months ago to be spent but at only a fraction of what the county clerk had sought.

Marriage licenses in the county increased by $14 last August to $77, for a special revenue fund set aside specifically for wedding tourism marketing. The amount collected reached $527,583 in January.

County Clerk Lynn Goya, whose office oversees marriages licenses and who persuaded the state Legislature to approve the special revenue fund, proposed a preliminary budget of $170,000 which included $30,000 for research consulting by a private firm and $40,000 for trade missions and attending trade shows.

Arizona Men Surprised to Find Their Vegas Wedding a Public Milestone

The Phoenix businessmen had planned to start the new year with a low-key Las Vegas wedding in one of the city’s small downtown chapels.

Little did they know the new chapter in their history would become a milestone in Las Vegas’ story as well.

Standing in line on New Year’s Eve to get their marriage license, the couple noticed an air of excitement start to hum in the marriage license bureau.

Then came the explanation: “Congratulations!” said a clerk.

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