Finally empowering couples who are both ready for a lifelong commitment and don't want to miss the Cirque du Soleil show.
Even with a line (and it gets very busy sometimes), the whole process generally takes less than an hour, and it costs $93 for the license and certificate. On a good day, you can go from zero to married in under an hour for under $100 bucks. It's more expensive and difficult to get Celine Dion tickets.
So, for example, one night at 9 p.m., an extremely happy couple came in looking like they'd dressed as a Texas wedding for Halloween. The groom wore a cowboy hat, Boise suit, and bolo tie, the bride a dress with leather tassels. After making sure that these people weren't cartoon characters, it was discovered they had overlooked the minor technicality of getting a license (not the first to assume that they didn't need one here). We directed them to the bureau and got the sense we'd never see them again (maybe they'd get distracted by a Western-themed casino and blow their license money learning how to know when to fold 'em).
"At least we won't have any money to argue over in the prenup."
But barely a half-hour later, the couple barged in with their license. This was a summer evening, which meant heavy traffic and long lines -- they must have raced back and forth, weaving through traffic like a car chase in a Jason Bourne movie. They're still married, by the way. They send us a Christmas card all the way from Rotterdam every year. I like to imagine them walking around various Dutch landmarks, still in their rodeo formalwear.