County clerk's office prepares for Valentine's Day marriages

Couples asked to reserve wedding times in advance

Alameda County will perform wedding ceremonies and issue marriage licenses on Valentine's Day, but county officials are asking couples to

reserve their wedding times in advance to make it easier to accommodate everyone.

Weddings will be performed in the wedding room on the second floor of the County Clerk-Recorder's Office at 1106 Madison St. in Oakland from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Because county offices will be closed for the observance of Lincoln's Birthday on Friday, county officials believe Valentine's Day could

be especially busy for the volunteer deputy marriage commissioners who will perform wedding ceremonies.

With that in mind, the county is asking that couples wishing to wed in the specially-furnished room on Valentine's Day 14 should call (510)

272-6362 to make an appointment. Times will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

If all time slots are filled, the county will open a second wedding room in a nearby office space to accommodate more couples.

The fee for a marriage license is $85, which includes one certified copy. The fee for the wedding ceremony is $50, with cash, checks and ATM cards accepted.

Alameda County is also looking for people interested in joining its team of volunteer deputy marriage commissioners. Volunteer commissioners are called on throughout the year to perform wedding ceremonies. People can call (510) 272-6362 for more information.

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