PBC Clerk Abruzzo To Marry Couples In Free Valentine’s Day Group Wedding Ceremony

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Joseph Abruzzo.

Twenty-five local couples will have a historic twist on a courthouse wedding, when the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller hosts its 2023 Valentine’s Day group wedding in the beautifully restored courtroom of the 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse.

Registration is now open for the clerk’s annual Valentine’s Day group wedding, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Historic Palm Beach County Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Clerk Joseph Abruzzo will officiate the ceremony for 25 couples and their guests from Palm Beach County’s first courtroom.

“Our Valentine’s Day group wedding has provided a unique experience for more than a decade, and few places are more significant in Palm Beach County than the Historic Courthouse,” Abruzzo said. “It is our privilege to bring the Valentine’s Day wedding to this grand space that holds a special place in our county’s history.”

The Historic Courthouse opened in 1916 and served as home to all of Palm Beach County’s government offices, including the courtroom and jail.

Once slated for demolition, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners voted in 2002 to restore the Historic Courthouse and preserve this important landmark.

The Historic Courthouse reopened to the public in 2007, following the restoration project that began in 2004. The two-story courtroom where the Valentine’s Day wedding will take place was part of that restoration, with its judge’s bench, jury box and other elements recreated to how it looked more than a century ago.

Couples can register for this special ceremony by visiting www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/valentine. Registration will continue until all 25 spaces are filled, and couples will be placed on a waiting list once the spots are filled. Due to capacity limits in the historic courtroom, each couple will be limited to two guests for the wedding.

Although the ceremony itself is free, couples are still required to pay for a marriage license. More information about license requirements and fees is available on the Marriage Licenses & Ceremonies section of the clerk’s web site at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

The happy couples will receive a complimentary professional digital photo by Karla Korn Photography, as well as a complimentary rose and boutonniere for each couple from Heaven & Earth Floral. Heaven & Earth will also donate floral arrangements for the event.

For more information about the Valentine’s Day wedding, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/valentine.