If you want to take part in the Valentine’s Day wedding party you must register by Tuesday.
On Feb. 14 hearts and flowers, music and a vintage 1926 courtroom may make a perfect wedding scene.
The Polk County History Center will be the site of a Valentine’s Group Wedding at noon on Feb. 14, of course, performed by Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield.
“In the clerks office we perform marriages all year long,” Butterfield, said. “This is just something unique for the people who want to get married at the courthouse. I hope they feel that they have had a wedding when they leave that day.”
The event will be limited to 50 couples who have to pay the standard marriage license fee by Feb. 11. The fee ranges from $93.50 to $150, though Butterfield said she is waiving the usual $30 ceremony fee.
An arch is being built for the event and the wedding will be held on the steps of the Polk County History Center. There will be a musical serenade provided by students of the Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland and a poem reading. The couples will be making their entrance to the traditional wedding march. They will have their pictures taken.
After the group wedding ceremony there is a reception in the vintage 1926 courtroom on the second floor. It will be set up with linens, flowers and greenery, wedding cake and refreshments; the event will reflect the loveliness of a wedding reception.
This is the second year Butterfield is doing this, but this is the first one to be at the History Center.
“The clerks from Pinellas and Palm Beach counties told me about their Valentine’s Day weddings and that idea really appealed to me. I brought it back to my office, had a staff meeting, told them it would be a lot of work and we decided to do it.”
To get the marriage licenses, people should go to one of these sites:
The Polk County Courthouse, 255 W. Broadway, Bartow, or call 863-534-4516.
Lakeland branch at 930 E. Parker St., or call 863-603-6412.
Northeast Polk Government Center, 3425 Lake Alfred Road in Winter Haven, or call 863-401-2401.
The sponsors are Citizens Bank, Polk County History Center, Publix, Walmart, Strawberry Patch, ACT Environment, Terri Lobb Catering, Walker Nurseries, the Cookie Jar, Amy’s Cards, Parties and More and Harrison School for the Arts.