By Riley Thyfault
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
On Valentine’s Day, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum will marry 10 couples in both the Lansing and Mason County Courthouse. The County Courthouses are expecting to continue receiving requests from couples to be married this Valentine’s Day.
Friday will mark Byrum’s second year helping couples tie the knot on Valentine’s Day as the Ingham County clerk.
Byrum will start marrying her first couple in the Lansing County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. and will finish her day of wedding ceremonies in the Mason County Courthouse around 3:15 p.m. Currently, two weddings are scheduled for Lansing, the other eight will be held in Mason.
This time, last year, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., she married 12 couple at the two locations.
“We’ve realized I don’t need to have half and hour to perform a wedding ceremony, I can do them in 15 minutes,” Byrum said.
Last year, one couple was 20 minutes late to their 30-minute wedding ceremony.
“I have been known to tweet, ‘If you are late for your own wedding, you might just have your officiant in her running gear,’” Byrum said.
This year, the County Courthouse is working to remind couples of their official wedding start times.
Scheduling Valentine’s Day Weddings
Lansing County Courthouse
Mason County Courthouse