Couples who were interested in having a unique wedding anniversary could “take the leap” by getting married at the San Diego County Clerk’s Santee Office on Leap Day this year.
The office opened on Saturday to offer couples the chance to marry on a day that only comes once every four years. Those who wanted to renew their wedding vows were also welcomed to do so at the office.
“We are kind of an unconventional couple, so we were like, ‘let’s get married on Leap Day,’” said Ciera Andaya, who attended the event with her now-husband, Chris Andaya.
By early morning, 56 couples had signed up to get married and others were walking.
Two officiants also took turns with the nuptials and wedding snacks were provided by Mary’s donuts.
“I was actually presently surprised. I didn’t know what to expect, never been to a civil ceremony before. I didn’t really know how it was going to work, but it turned out really beautiful,” said Ciera.
Marriage licenses and civil ceremonies were available Saturday by appointment only. Couples could choose to be married in an indoor ceremony or the outdoor wedding venue. A non-confidential marriage license costs $70 and couples could pay an additional $88 to have their ceremonies performed by a staff member.
If love was not in the air for you, other services were also available on Saturday, such as obtaining marriage, birth and death certificates as well as registering fictitious business names.
When asked when they would celebrate their anniversary they replied, “We’re going to go big every four years. Its going to be a big celebration.”