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Pasco has a deal on Valentine's Day weddings

A wedding to-do list could turn any bride-to-be into a bridezilla.

Flowers. Bridesmaid dresses. Tuxedos. Who's escorting whom.

This year, the Pasco County Clerk's office is rolling out a stress-free alternative for couples who want to get married without breaking the bank: a free wedding on the most romantic day of the year.

That's right — Valentine's Day.

On Feb. 14, Paula O'Neil, the county clerk and comptroller, will perform two group ceremonies: one in New Port Richey and one in Dade City.

Couples still have to buy a marriage license ($93.50), but the $30 ceremony fee will be waived.

The bride and groom must purchase their license and register for the ceremony by Feb. 10 to participate.

The west Pasco ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 in the wedding gazebo at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Road in New Port Richey.

The east Pasco ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 on the steps of the historic courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave. in Dade City.

Pasco is joining a short list of local courthouses that waive the ceremony fee on Cupid's holiday.

This will be the third year that the Pinellas County Courthouse holds its group wedding at no cost. That ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Florida Botanical Gardens. A barbershop quartet is scheduled to perform.

O'Neil said she isn't sure Pasco has any takers just yet, but with enough interest she hopes to make it an annual event.

"We've never done that before," said O'Neil, who was elected in November. "I wanted to start some new traditions as clerk."

Camille C. Spencer can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

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To make a reservation for the Valentine's Day ceremony, call (727) 847-8086 or (352) 521-4469. Couples must buy a license and reserve their spot by Tuesday.

Pasco has a deal on Valentine's Day weddings 02/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 10:24pm]
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