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Manhattan Marriage Bureau

The Manhattan Marriage Bureau is a set of shabby offices located in the Manhattan Municipal Building near City Hall in lower Manhattan. It is the site of more marriages than any other venue in the United States.

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.

Celebrity weddings

Celebrity couples include Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, and Matt Damon and Luciana Bozan.

When Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy and Chris Ivery were married, Mayor Michael Bloomberg attenced and signed as witness.

New venue

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.

Fictional Marriage Bureau weddings

Michael Patrick Flaherty the character played by Michael J. Fox on the American sitcom Spin City is married at the Marriage Bureau.

References

New York Times, October 5, 2008, "Drab Setting, But Joyous Work: Making 2 into 1, by Fernanca Santos.

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