Tie the knot on the most
romantic day of the year!
Beginning at noon on
Valentine’s Day, Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Stacy M. Butterfield will be
performing the 4th annual group marriage ceremony on the picturesque
steps of the Polk County History Center.
“This is one of my favorite
days of the year,” Stated Clerk Butterfield, “Here in the Clerk’s office we
tend to do a lot of business that isn’t exactly uplifting. Most people don’t
look forward to coming into my office, because it means they need to pay a traffic
ticket, go to court, or they’re showing up for jury duty. The Valentine’s Day
Group Wedding stands out as a very special event for me, for my staff, and for
everyone involved. It’s a day filled with joy as 30 couples begin a new and
exciting journey together.”
Couples and their guests will
then be treated to a reception with light refreshments provided by local
sponsors in the vintage 1926 courtroom.
“This is a great opportunity
for couples who are looking for a stress-free, relaxing way to get married.”
Said Clerk Butterfield, “All the planning has been done for them, all the
couples have to do is show up with their marriage license. We handle the
paperwork and the planning, and they are free to enjoy their special day
together. It’s all the frills with none of the fuss!”
The ceremony is limited to
30 couples, and registration is first come, first serve. Couples may register
when applying for a marriage license by visiting any of the three Clerk’s
office locations—the Bartow Courthouse, or the Lakeland or Winter Haven
Branches—and requesting to get married at the Valentine’s Day ceremony. All
couples must have a marriage license by Friday, February 10th in
order to participate in the Valentine’s Day wedding.
Couples must both be present
to apply for their license, and both must have a valid form of photo ID.
Couples must also make sure they know their Social Security Number. The Clerk is
waiving the $30 ceremony fee; however standard marriage license fees do apply.
For more information, call the Official Records
department at 863-534-4516.