BRADENTON, Fla. — The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is celebrating couples this Valentine’s Day by sponsoring and performing a special group wedding ceremony at 2 p.m. that day.
Performed by Angel Colonneso, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, the planned event will consist of a single group ceremony that will unite all couples in attendance. The ceremony will take place in the gazebo in the front lawn of the historic courthouse at 1115 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Each couple will receive a printed photo and a special certificate of marriage to commemorate the occasion. Colonneso will waive the $20 photo fee and the $30 ceremony fee for couples participating in the group wedding. However, the standard license fee will still apply. Following the ceremony, couples and their guests will celebrate with refreshments and cake.
“This joyous event marks the second Valentine’s Day that we have celebrated newlyweds,” said Colonneso. “Our team tries to create some special memories for couples in our community as they exchange their vows.”
In order to comply with state mandated time requirements and to be eligible to register for this event, application for marriage licenses must be made between December 19, 2019 and February 11, 2020. To apply for a marriage license, both applicants must appear in person at the office during its hours of operation on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To expedite the visit, access and fill out the marriage online application at www.manateeclerk.com.
To participate, contact the Marriage and Passport department at 941-741-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31.
About the Manatee County Clerk of the Court
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller as a public trustee, independently elected to protect public funds and public records while executing the functions of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Comptroller, Treasurer and Auditor, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners and County Recorder. Located at 1115 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton, the Clerk oversees a staff of more than 275 people, responsible for performing nearly 1,000 constitutional or statutory functions or duties, representing the broadest and most diverse mantle of responsibility of any locally elected official. The citizens of Manatee County elect the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller to a four-year term. Currently, Angelina M. Colonneso serves as the Clerk of the Court. For more information, call 941-749-1800 or visit www.ManateeClerk.com.