Courts Brace For Rush Of Weddings On ‘Lucky’ 12.12.12

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A flood of lovebirds lined up to get married on what is believed to be a very lucky day: Wednesday, 12.12.12.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office has expanded operating hours at some of its offices to handle the anticipated crowds.

“I don’t know it only comes around once, you know. And we figured we’d do it on a special day. We’ve been together for seven years, you know might as well!” newlywed Rudy Arvizo said.

More than 60 couples were getting hitched at the LA County Registrar’s office, which added a second chapel in Norwalk to accommodate the high volume of appointments.

“I’m not surprised. I thought there would be more…like 200…because it’s such a special day everybody talks about it,” Winnie Liu said.

Liu and fiancé Peter Chen started planning their Wednesday wedding six months ago.

“It will be the last chance that we will have the same number of the month, day and year,” Liu said.

Appointments to tie the knot are needed, and to save time, couples can apply for a marriage license and schedule a ceremony online at www.lavote.net.

A marriage license is approximately $90.

Clerk’s offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:

— 1028 W. Avenue J2, Lancaster

— Airport Courthouse, 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., sixth floor

— 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles

— 7807 S. Compton Ave., Los Angeles

— 14340 W. Sylvan St., Van Nuys

The offices typically offer ceremonies only until between 3 and 4 p.m.

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