Cuyahoga Falls -- The city will culminate a year's worth of Bicentennial celebrations with a mass wedding ceremony this week.

The Bicentennial Committee is hosting the 12/12/12 Wedding Day on Dec. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

Residents of Cuyahoga Falls wishing to get married or renew their wedding vows on 12/12/12 are invited to be a part of the event.

Couples will be able to have Mayor Don Robart officiate a civil wedding ceremony on a decorated stage.

All that is required is proof of residency and a valid marriage license issued from the Summit County Probate Court.

Mayor Robart will also be providing vow renewal ceremonies. Proof of residency, a copy of a marriage license or a current document showing marital status are required.

Robart said he will conduct a ceremony "approximately every 10 minutes." There will be a DJ, refreshments and each wedding couple will receive specially made cupcakes.

"All participants will receive a special Bicentennial Certificate denoting the special day and special year," said Robart.

The mayor explained that the special events committee for the Bicentennial Committee "felt that the special date would be a very unique day to offer a mass wedding opportunity. It turns out they were right, based on the number of participants."

As of Dec. 5, 18 couples had signed up for a wedding ceremony or a renewal of vows ceremony. Becky English, the assistant to the mayor, said it is about evenly split between newlyweds-to-be and couples renewing their vows.

This event will be the final one in a long line of activities that the city's bicentennial committee hosted this year to mark its 200th birthday.

"It was felt that there could not be a more fitting wrap-up than to offer a special wedding ceremony for the honored participants," said Robart. "I think it will be a well-received event, and I am quite confident that it will be a wedding that they will never forget."

The highlight of the year was 10 days in August where the city hosted events such as a time capsule burial, dedication of a police memorial site, a parade and plenty of concerts. The 10 days were book-ended by an Olympic-style opening and closing ceremony with a torch lighting and torch extinguishment.

The wedding and renewal of vow ceremonies will be by appointment only. Anyone who is interested should call or email Becky English at 330-971-8205 or to set up an appointment. To participate, couples need to call by 5 p.m. Dec. 10, according to English.


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