Going to the ‘Chapel’

February 12, 2010
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From IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger:

In two separate conversations I’ve had in the past couple weeks with two different women who are planning weddings – an old friend and a source I just met – both said they wanted to do something simple that involved a small group of people.

I considered suggesting the Marion County Clerk’s fourth annual ‘Chapel of Love’ Feb. 14 where Clerk Beth White will officiate simple ceremonies. It’s also a much cheaper option than a traditional wedding: a $50 donation to the American Heart Association is requested instead of an officiant’s fee. The event has raised more than $4,000 since 2007.

So far, the clerk’s office is expecting at least 38 couples from 2 to 5 p.m., a comparable number to past years when the clerk married about 30 couples, said Angie Nussmeyer, the clerk’s public information officer.

She added the clerk might be able to take walk-ins that day, but couldn’t guarantee anything.

To have the ceremony, couples still needed to complete the process of applying for a marriage license in Marion County prior to the ceremony.

“Each day, we’re witness to happy couples applying for their marriage license. On Valentine’s Day, we’re able to kick it up a notch and help them tie the knot, while raising money for a very worthy cause,” White said in a statement.

So, are any of our readers among the lucky couples getting married? Anyone out there willing to do something like this, if for no other reason than a good story to tell your kids some day?
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