Since 1930 over 1.2 million people have been wed at the Marriage Bureau. Between 2000 and 2007 an average of 58 couples a day were married here. (New York Times, October 5, 2008, "Drab Setting, But Joyous Work: Making 2 into 1, by Fernanca Santos)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani often performed weddings at the Marriage Bureau in person.
In 2008 Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Bureau would soon move to new quarters in order to provide a more dignified setting for the mariages of New Yorkers, and in the hope of attracting couples who might otherwise travel to Las Vegas too be married to travel instead to Manhattan, boosting New York's tourist industry.
The new Marriage Bureau will be in an Art Deco building at the corner of Centre Street and Worth Street that was formerly occupied by the Department of Motor Vehicles. It willl be decorated by interior designer Jamie Drake who decorated Gracie Mansion and Mayor Bloomberg's private residence. The project will cost $13 million.
New York Times, October 5, 2008, "Drab Setting, But Joyous Work: Making 2 into 1, by Fernanca Santos.