Couples Rush to Marry on 7-7-07
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If you're an intoxicated and impulsive couple in love or maybe a teen pop sensation careening towards career suicide, then it's kind of almost in the cards that Vegas is the place to get married. Vegas's reputation for quickie weddings is legendary. And now the city is bracing for what could be its biggest wedding day ever.
July 7th of this year - that would be 7-7-07 - just happens to fall on a Saturday. And thousands of couples plan to capitalize on the day's good fortunes.
We're joined now by Charlotte Richards of the Little White Wedding Chapel. Welcome back to the program, Ms. Richards.
Ms. CHARLOTTE RICHARDS (Owner, Little White Wedding Chapel): Well, thank you for having me here.
COHEN: When did you first start getting requests from couples who said they wanted to get married on July 7th?
Ms. RICHARDS: About a year ago they start calling and saying, what does it look like for July 7th, '07? And I said it's looking very nice. And it all started approximately a year ago.
COHEN: And you're offering quite the package. What's your July 7th wedding package involve?
Ms. RICHARDS: Oh, Alex, we have the most wonderful package. It just come to me one night and I said I've got to do this. It's seven brides per seven grooms; that means there's seven couples that will be married at one time. And at $77 they get seven roses, they get seven photographs. Seven is a very important number to a lot of people.
COHEN: Charlotte, how many couples do you plan on marrying that day?
Ms. RICHARDS: Well, we have over 400 couples already booked. We have 12 ministers on duty. That starts at midnight to midnight and this will go down in history of the Little White Chapel as one of the memorable days of not only their lives but the Little White Chapel too.
COHEN: I can't even imagine the organizational skills that must be involved to pull something like this off. You're just a couple of weeks away, are you ready?
Ms. RICHARDS: Yes, we're ready. Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 o'clock, the entire staff of 75 people, we gather together and we rehearse everything that we're going to be doing. It's like a big celebration to us and I hope it's going to be even a bigger celebration to each bride and groom.
You know, this is where a lot of movie stars have been married and now we're going to make them a star for a lifetime because their name will go down in history of one of Las Vegas's memories and most beautiful days of their life.
COHEN: Charlotte Richards of the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Thanks so much.
Ms. RICHARDS: God bless you all.
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