D.C. Courthouse Doubles Down for Valentine's Day

Dorothy Rowley | 2/11/2014, 2:15 p.m.
D.C. Superior Court

More than two dozen blushing couples will take a break from winter's chill Friday to follow cupid's romantic arrow straight to D.C. Superior Court to tie the knot.

In commemoration of Valentine's Day, the court is doubling the number of weddings usually performed on a given day. A total of 28 ceremonies will be held Friday, up from roughly 14 typically performed on other days.

"We are pleased to accommodate this number of couples who want to have this special date as their anniversary date. I appreciate court staff stepping up and making this effort so that we can perform so many weddings on a single day," said Chief Judge Lee Satterfield. "We expect to see a lot of smiling faces this Friday, on the faces of the newly-married couples, their friends and family, and court staff who so enjoy being witness to this special time in a couple's life."

In recent years, the Superior Court's marriage bureau has processed more than 5,000 marriage license applications annually, including 7,500 in 2013. More than 2,400 lovestruck couples were married at the courthouse last year.

A spending survey by the National Retail Federation estimates that $17.3 billion will be spent on Valentine's Day this year. The survey also reveals that 54 percent of Americans will celebrate with their loved ones this year, compared to 60 percent in 2013.