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1-2-3 And Counting: Las Vegas Weddings Could Hit Record On New Year’s Eve

The number to beat on New Year’s Eve is 4,492 — the single-day record for marriages in Las Vegas set on July 7, 2007. The second-most popular specialty wedding date on record with the county’s marriage bureau is Nov. 11, 2011, when 3,125 couples tied the knot.

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In what could be a historical milestone for Las Vegas, a surge of couples exchanging vows on New Year's Eve might establish a new record for the city's most bustling wedding day, for better or for worse.

The date, 12/31/23, is widely recognized in the expansive Las Vegas wedding industry as a "specialty date" due to the distinctive 1-2-3 1-2-3 pattern, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Adding to the excitement, this specialty date coincides with a holiday renowned for extravagant celebrations. Melody Willis-Williams, president of Vegas Weddings, which oversees multiple venues, expressed, "It's a double whammy. Anytime you get these specialty dates, they're always hugely popular. But tie that in with New Year's Eve, and it's a showstopper."

The benchmark to surpass on New Year's Eve is 4,492—the record for the highest number of marriages in Las Vegas on a single day, established on July 7, 2007. The second-most popular specialty wedding date on record with the county's marriage bureau is Nov. 11, 2011, with 3,125 couples tying the knot.

Traditionally, New Year's Eve has attracted between 450 to 550 couples to wed in Las Vegas since 2018, according to the Review-Journal.

Contrary to this trend, Vegas Weddings is fully booked for midnight at its various venues, including its downtown chapel characterized by brown brick, a white steeple, and a red awning.

Melody Willis-Williams mentioned that her company alone anticipates uniting more than 120 couples on New Year's Eve, with five of them exchanging vows precisely as the clock ticks down to midnight.

Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya remarked that couples married on a specialty date in Las Vegas often describe them as "magic dates" that are easy to remember. She added, "I think the celebration that has a group dynamic is really appealing. When everyone is in line and they're all getting married and excited about being in love, it just enhances their own experience."

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