Express Weddings Offered at County Office for Valentine’s Day

Santa Clara County is taking reservations for couples that want to exchange vows on Valentine’s Day. And for those spur-of-the-moment elopements, there’s an express option that doesn’t require appointments at all.

“We want to offer services that best fit our customers’ needs,” Clerk-Recorder Gina Alcomendras said. “Whether the ceremony is an express service or held in the chapel with a full wedding party, getting married on Valentine’s Day will be a wonderful memory for many couples.”

The county’s wedding chapel can accommodate up to 17 ceremonies a day for couples who want to hold their service at the same place they fill out their marriage license. The chapel can fit an audience of about 22 people per ceremony.

To make the big day all the more convenient, the county allows folks to fill out their application online—at—before making the trip down to the Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

“Santa Clara has always been a welcoming county,” said county Supervisor Ken Yeager, who often officiates civil ceremonies at the County Government Center. “On any given day, you will see gay and straight couples of all faiths and ethnicities getting married in our chapel. I am delighted to see so many people taking advantage of one of the county’s hidden gems.”

The clerk-recorder’s office typically performs about 23 marriages a day. On Valentine’s Day, the number typically doubles. Some couples tie the knot in casual garb. Others arrive in full pageantry with an entourage in tow.

Walk-in couples can buy their license for a ceremony performed at the clerk window for $120 plus a license fee of $80 to $83. Ceremonies can be scheduled from 9am to 4pm Feb. 14. The county office is located at 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose.

For more information or to be trained as a deputy marriage commissioner to perform civil ceremonies, call 408.299.5688.



    • Well, if there’s one thing the County excels at it’s encouraging and facilitating less than exemplary behavior.

  1. How romantic!
    Why don’t we set up a drive through window with a Fast-Track pass for an additional sum of $100 more.

    Even better for $1000 we could have a quickie divorce lane at the other end of the parking lot for those who’s Quickly Honeymoon in the covered parking garage didn’t work out.

    There I have fixed another problem!

  2. Selecting a date is very important for the couple as it will be the day that has to be cherished through out the life. My friend is looking to get married in coming winters and has already started the planning with The Addison professional wedding organizers she got information from , but are still looking for the best suitable day for them. I think valentines day is the best day to get married. I would definitely suggest them the Valentines day for the vow.

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