Thousands flock to Las Vegas for 11-11-11 weddings
Las Vegas will hit the wedding jackpot on Friday with a lucky number: 11/11/11.
The singular date will make matrimonial unions of at least 3,500 couples who have applied for marriage licenses in Clark County, where Las Vegas — long a destination for nuptials — is located. With a couple of days left, more could be flocking to the gaming mecca to make a bet on marriage.
"It's once in a lifetime chance," said Stacy Alsen, 32, of Boise, Idaho, hours before her flight to Las Vegas Tuesday. She and her fiancé, Dustin Hall, are planning to get married at 1.00pm on Friday at Chapel of the Flowers. "We're so excited. It's going to be such a great day and what a better place than Vegas."
Clark County Clerk Diana Alba urged couples to plan ahead as her license bureau prepared for an onslaught of applications. She has temporarily reassigned staff to process applications to keep up with the average speed of 20 minutes.
That has given a lift to Las Vegas' wedding-related businesses up and down The Strip, where at least 100 wedding chapels are promoting 11/11/11 packages.
"Logistically, it will be a challenge, but a lot of fun," said David Nye of the A Elvis Chapel, where 40 couples were expected to exchange vows on the day. That's compared to the chapel's average of 40 a week.
Many people believe getting married on triple numbers is lucky and will bring a lifetime of fortune and happiness.