Wedding day to remember: 2-14-2014

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Thursday, January 30, 2014

JANESVILLE—He's not Elvis, and this is not Las Vegas, but if you want a simple wedding to remember, this is your chance.

For Valentine's Day, the Rock County Clerk's Office and Rock County Court Commissioner Steve Meyer are offering to marry 20 couples for free— or as close to free as possible.

Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said she got the idea from another county, and “just really thought it was a cute idea.”

Here's her reasoning:

 First, it will be memorable.

Being married on Feb. 14, of 2014 means that you'll have an anniversary you can never forget. That's as in 2-14 of 2014 if you're having trouble figuring that out.

Second, marry on that date and you'll save money on flowers and chocolate for the rest of your life.

“I mean, it's one and done,” Stottler said.

That's as in, one box of chocolates and one bunch of flowers to cover both Valentine's Day and will cover both Valentine's Day and your anniversary.

Third, it will be something memorable without being too expensive.

Costs will be limited to the $95 for the marriage license, and that's something you'd have to buy anyway.

Stottler said she's working with local businesses to be able to provide balloons and a simple snack such as heart-shaped doughnuts and orange juice.

“I thought it'd be fun to have a little orange juice toast,” Stottler said.

To qualify for the event, couples must apply for a marriage license by Friday, Feb. 7, and it's first come, first serve.

For more information about what's required to get a wedding license, call the marriage license line at 608-757-5666.

Other questions can be directed to the clerk's office at 608-757-5660.

The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Valentine's Day.

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