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It’s 12-12-12, and numerous couples have a date to get married

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Marriage-bound couples are expected to flood Southern California courthouses and county offices Wednesday in a quest to make the easy-to-remember date of 12-12-12 their wedding day.

The Los Angeles County registrar-recorder’s office is extending its hours at six district locations, bracing for a wave of couples wanting to tie the knot.

Offices in Lancaster, LAX Courthouse, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles and Van Nuys will open their doors at 8:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. The Norwalk location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Before Wednesday, L.A. County officials encouraged would-be couples to apply for a marriage license online, at a cost of $90, and schedule their ceremony.

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Some chapels, like Guadalupe Wedding Chapel, with three locations in L.A. County, were offering 12-12-12 specials -- ‘Get married in any chapel for $295 with a trip to Las Vegas!’

The Orange County clerk-recorder planned to double its staff in anticipation of a record-setting number of marriages at county offices. The clerk-recorder had 229 appointments for weddings scheduled for Wednesday.

At Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital, three patients had requested Ceasarean sections or labor inductions Wednesday, Beth Julian-Wang, an OB/GYN, told the Pasadena Star-News. ‘I have one patient who actually needs to have a C-section ... and early in the pregnancy she said, ‘Oh can I have it on 12-12-12?’ so we scheduled it months ago,’ Julian-Wang said. ‘I think she just thought it was a cool birthday.’

The hospital added nurses in preparation for the booked operating and delivery rooms at Huntington Hospital.

‘I don’t have any plans tomorrow besides delivering babies,’ Julian-Wang said Tuesday.

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