This may be the biggest news story in the wedding industry for some time. County officials approved new hours for the Las Vegas marriage bureau, which will only affect about 4% (4900 total licenses) per year but will likely have other consequences for the Las Vegas Wedding market.
Charlotte Richards, whose 24-hour Little White Wedding Chapel married Spears, said the new hours are contrary to Las Vegas' billing as a 24-hour town and would certainly take the love-struck by surprise
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There is a certain stigma about Las Vegas and the need to remain a 24-hour town is at debate, but I applaud County officials for cost cutting -- it's a welcome change.
Richards said she marries 10 to 20 couples after midnight on a typical weekend. She provides a stretch limo to shuttle the betrothed back and forth to the courthouse to obtain a license for the ceremony. She said pre-dawn weddings are popular among members of the military, lovers driving in from Southern California and celebrities.
"All the stars come out at night," Richards said. "People that are high profile, when they come down to Las Vegas to get married, they don't want to come in the middle of the day when people are around. They like the privacy."
Be sure to plan ahead when getting married in Las Vegas.