Bucks County to host free wedding ceremony for vets, first responders

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Bucks County will host its second “Vows and Veterans” wedding service and bridal reception for veterans and first responders Nov. 10.  

Couples that include at least one veteran or first responder are invited to apply for a marriage license between now and Nov. 6 to qualify to participate in the free wedding ceremony and reception. And the first five couples who sign up for the free wedding will receive a free night at HollyHedge Estate in Solebury.

The event is organized by Linda Bobrin, Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court and will take place in the courtyard of the Bucks County Courthouse Administration Building in Doylestown from noon to 2 p.m.  Former Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy will officiate at the marriages, to be followed with a reception.

A marriage renewal ceremony for veteran and first-responder couples will also take place. Couples may invite family and friends to attend.

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“We’ll have cake, catering and music,” said Rachel Landsberg, spokeswoman for the Register of Wills and Ophans’ Court.

“Vows and Veterans is part of the Bucks County Clerk of Orphans’ Court’s successful Weddings for Heroes program. Ms. Bobrin intends to continue to hold Vows and Veterans annually in November and Vows and Valentines in February,” Landsberg added.  

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Interested couples should email emarriage@buckscounty.org and begin a marriage license application. Bucks County marriage applications are accepted on-line and can be started at the following link: https://propublic.buckscountyonline.org/psi3/marriagelicense. The Bucks County Clerk of Orphan’s Court gives a $20 discount on marriage licenses to veterans and first-responders in honor of their service to the community.

Weddings for Heroes is made possible entirely through donations from local businesses and individuals. Many of the businesses offer their services either free or at a discounted rate.

Participating local vendors include: Bird of Paradise Florist, Courtney Kanig Photography, Doylestown Wedding Studio/Cortineo Creative, Fleurish Floral Design by Bucks-Mont Party Rental, HollyHedge Estate, James Best Videography, Mervin Toussaint Jazz Band, and The Novel Baker.

To contribute funds or services, or for more information on the Weddings for Heroes program, please email Rachel Landsberg at ralandsberg@buckscounty.org. Checks can be made out to “Weddings for Heroes” and mailed to the Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court at 55 E. Court Street, 6th Floor, Doylestown, PA 18901. As part of the effort to raise funds for this wedding, the Bucks County Clerk of Orphans’ Court will be holding bake sale fundraising events at the Administrative Building Oct. 11 and Nov. 1.