Want to Get Married on 12-12-12? There's Time, Clerk Says

Santa Clara County is holding a group wedding at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday because demand has been so high, Clerk-Recorder Regina Alcomendras said. But get to the county building by 3:30 p.m. for your license.


If you're feeling impetuous and want to get married on 12-12-12, Regina Alcomendras has some advice for you:

Get down to the county clerk’s office now, 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose, lest you miss the big moment in the stampede. The Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder says demand is so high that they are holding a group wedding at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate all the couples banging on the door.

“So far, it’s 84 and still climbing,” said Alcomendras, the clerk-recorder. “It’s the last chance in this century.”

Her office typically marries 17 couples a day. The building’s chapel, plus a conference room that her staff decorates, is usually plenty of room.

But a month ago, Alcomendras got an inkling that Wednesday was going to be a big day. That’s when both the chapel and the conference room booked up.

They flipped into group wedding mode.

Now they are up to 50 couples who are scheduled to wed in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 4:30 p.m. Twenty-four other couples had individual ceremonies.

“We are still receiving phone calls,” Alcomendras said at noon. It's a phenomenom repeated across the country, news outlets are reporting.

Couples can still get married Wednesday, she said, “but don’t wait too long.”

She advises couples to come to the Clerk-Recorder’s Office in the County Office Building by 3:30 p.m. so that the marriage license form can be filled out and processed.

“The form itself is not long, but there are usually people in front of you, and that takes time,” she said.

Couples need :

  • Completed marriage license form
  • Government-issued identification
  • Fee of $79 for the license (cash or check, fee applies to debit card)
  • Fee of $80 for the ceremony (cash or check, fee applies to debit card)

Details are available on the “Applying for a Marriage License” page of the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

The rush to the clerk’s office has been a phenomenon each year for some time now, she said.

“Oh, 8-8-08 was so popular, I think that’s when we started the group weddings. And then it just caught on.”

There was 9-9-09. Then 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 for the binary-numeral inclined (in this Silicon Valley, not hard to imagine).

But this, she said, will be the last. At least in her lifetime. She’s going to enjoy it, she said.

12.12.12Bride.and.Groom December 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I got married today, on 12.12.12! No one knows except me, my husband, & the people of the Church. The date was set since last year. Once it got closer though things weren't going as I imagined. Bridesmaids were stressing me, hubby's groomsmen & even best man were backing out, said they weren't able to make it, people were complaining about money being tight, it being so close to Christmas,... It was overwelmimg to me. I cried (I know, I'm a girl Lol!). Although I had already gotten my wedding gown, I decided to help people & post-pone (that was my intention), me & my husband decided on the new date of 7/13/13 for Celebration of us & my recently deceased grandma's birthday, but, the more I thought about having to post -pone the more I was sad. This was the date I picked, the date I wanted! Although my dream was never to get married without the fairytale, we decided to go ahead & keep our date! We talk to the Pastor about it & he agreed to marry us on 12/12/12 and even waited (for me) to pronounce us as man & wife at 12:12pm. (lol) He will re-marry us on 7/13/13 so we then can then celebrate with our family & friends (hopefully it all works out then, if not, oh well, I'm already married)! I'm not lying, I'm just not telling... I will announce it to everyone on 7/13/13 though :)
Sheila Sanchez December 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Congratulations! I'm embarrassed to admit I forget my wedding date ... Wish I had a more memorable one such as today's. Mine ... 11/25/89 ... been married 23 years. Just celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary! Don't worry too much about the wedding celebration ... as the years pass, the most important thing holding the two of you together will be your love and commitment for each other. Wish we would have saved all the money spent on our wedding reception for our children's college education! Congratulations again and thank you so much for sharing your story here!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 13, 2012 at 04:56 AM
CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH! Married Life is a journey, stay in it!


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