Civil wedding day scheduled in the county administration building



Couples looking to get married but don’t want to go through the rigmarole associated with a big ceremony in a church or special destination are light options.

“They want a civil ceremony, not necessarily a religious ceremony, and the magistrate only does it two days a week at certain times. The couples work and their hours are different, and they have to get married on a weekend,” said Betsy Harnage. , register of acts.

To help alleviate some of these frustrations, the Deeds Register Office and Magistrates Office are hosting Sweetheart Saturday, an effort to hold civil ceremonies for couples unable to marry during the week.

“We are trying to open the doors to more citizens who want to get married and offer something special,” Harnage said. “We have gift bags for our first 25 couples.”

During the event, the Deeds Register office will help couples complete their marriage license, and Magistrate Ashlyn Harris will host civil ceremonies in a specially decorated room.

Weddings will take place on a first come, first served basis, and only the couple can attend. Jo’s Florist and Catering will provide the decorations for the event.

To participate, couples will first need to apply for their marriage license on the Deeds Registry website,, and call the Deeds Office to make an appointment for the ceremony.

Couples who have already obtained their marriage license can make an appointment to go directly to Harris for their civil ceremony.

All couples will need to bring a driver’s license or state ID, along with a Social Security card or other document with their Social Security number.

Anyone who has divorced in the past five years will also need to provide proof of divorce signed by a judge.

Sweetheart Saturday is scheduled for October 9 at the Cleveland County Administration Building, 311 E. Marion St. Weddings will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

For any questions or to make an appointment, call 704-484-4834.


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