Wedding business is booming in Denver

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DENVER -- Denver is not only a poplar city to live, work and play, but now also to get married in.

The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office said the number of marriage licenses being issued this year is up more than 10 percent over last year.

“Really, June through October is when we see the most weddings. I’ve had hundreds of inquiries this year from couples wanting to get married, way more than I can handle,” said Sara Brown, a wedding planner with Sara Brown Weddings.

“In Denver particularly, we just have an influx of young people so I think that's contributing in part to the higher number of weddings that are happening."

June was a near-record high. The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office issued 890 marriage licenses, the highest number in one month this year.

“What we’re seeing is venues booking out a year-and-a-half in advance,” Brown said.

Benito and Maricela Martinez got married Saturday.

“I accept. Yes I do,” Maricela said joyously laughing after getting married in a Denver church.

The Martinezes are local, but Brown said many other couples are making Denver and the Mountains the site of their destination wedding.

“I'm seeing a lot of couples who live elsewhere, the Midwest, a lot from Texas who want to get married in Colorado,” said Brown.

“We’re doing a lot of planning of wedding weekends instead of just wedding days where couples can treat their guests to hikes and bike rides and brewery tours in advance of the wedding day."

With wedding season truly underway, the city said it expects the number of licenses issued this year will well surpass that of last year.

“I think there’s so much to offer here in Denver.  Denver is accessible, it's easy for people to travel to and you know we’ve got the mountains and the city so its kind of the best of both worlds,” Brown said.

The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s office is helping couples get down the aisle even faster. Starting Tuesday, appointments can be booked online, but you have to apply for a marriage license online first.