To mark the occasion, a pop-up marriage license bureau has been set up at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas from Dec. 26 through New Year’s Eve. This is the first time the pop-up has been set up at the airport during the December holiday season.
As Sunny reports in her article titled “Las Vegas Airport Hosts Marriage License Bureau Pop-Up Ahead of Special '12-31-23' Date: The Date of New Year's Eve This Year Makes Up A Rare Sequence Of 1-2-3-1-2-3”:
Couples arriving in Las Vegas this week can skip going downtown to get their marriage documents by simply picking them up right after they land. "The marriage certificate here was very easy [to] access. We were able to take the shuttle from the international terminal instead of having to go downtown. It was easier access," said Ellery Mendz, another marriage certificate receiver.
According to the Clark County Marriage License Bureau, 80% of the couples tying the knot in Vegas are from out of state. "Of that 80%, almost 20% are international, so [a] large number of those people come through the airport. We see people coming in their wedding dresses, and we see people coming with their suitcase, so this gives them an opportunity of one less stop before they make it to their marriage ceremony," said Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya.
Couples visiting the pop-up will receive their marriage licenses or vow renewal certificates, along with a NYE-themed keepsake. The pop-up is expected to be extremely busy as the week goes on, especially on New Year’s Eve. "We think it’s going to be one of the biggest days of the year. I would not be surprised if we get 1,000 or 1,200 couples that get married on New Year’s Eve," Goya said.
The pop-up will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Sunday. Couples coming to Las Vegas can fill out a pre-application online.
In our own case, my precious wife and I tied the knot in June rather than December. It must have stuck because, on our next anniversary, we will celebrate 41 years of marriage together. Add to that the seven years that we dated beforehand, and we have now been together for 48 years. What can I say? The poor woman is clearly a glutton for punishment!
For my part, the date of my wedding to her back in 1983 will always be special, no matter when it fell on the annual calendar. By God’s grace, we have been given 40 wedding anniversaries together to date. These 40 years have been the best years of my life! I can only hope we will have many, many more.
And even though we were not married on December 31st of that year, four days from now, we will have nonetheless also had 40 New Year’s Eves together. More to the point, five days from now, the Good Lord willing, we will have had 40 New Year’s Days together!
And we both know what that means. It means that we have been given an enormous number of opportunities to start afresh and anew – both as individuals and as a couple.
Christmas and Easter notwithstanding, other than our respective birthdays as individuals and our wedding date as a couple, New Year’s Day is arguably the most important calendar date we celebrate together.
Why? Precisely because of what it represents. Bad habits, failed ventures, discouraging moments, hurtful experiences, and/or any number of other less than desirable things can be dispensed with. They can also be supplanted by better habits, successful ventures, encouraging moments, joyful experiences, and /or any number of wonderful things!
No couple gets through 48 years together without their share of both. And if they do, it is invariably because the latter ever supersedes the former. Likewise, no individual enjoys the full life God has planned for them unless the same thing ever occurs.
As we approach the dawning of another New Year, I trust you will see this as an opportunity to improve upon the relationships you share with others. This is especially true if you have a spouse. But I trust above all that you will see this as an opportunity to improve the life God has for you as an individual.
Over two and a half millennia ago, the Bible tells us how the beloved people of God had undergone a sad succession of misfortunes and disappointments. In response, the Lord moved the Prophet Jeremiah to pen certain powerful words to them. I leave you with them here:
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, plans to give you a future and to give you hope.” In other words, no matter what the Children of God had been through, the best years of their lives still lay ahead of them!
I have no idea what you have been through this past year, my friend. Nor do I know what you are now facing. But this much I do know. The God of the Bible still cares for His own. And if you are a child of God, then you are a part of the universal church, the Bride of Christ. As such, I assure you. This coming year with Him can be the best year ever! And each year thereafter can be the best year of your life!