Niagra - no-wait/ marriage awards/Honeymoon Express - 1/24/02

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subject: Niagra - no-wait/Marriage Olympics/Honeymoon Express  - 1/24/02

from: Smart Marriages

As part of our celebration in Utah of Marriage Week USA we will be honoring
Gold Medal Marriages in our state.  At 10am February 14th (Valentine's Day)
Governor Michael and First Lady Jacalyn Leavitt will present Marriage Gold
Medals to Utah couples at an Olympics media center in Salt Lake City.
Among those honored will be Marion and Erma Winn from Salt Lake who have
been married 77 years.  Producers from the Jay Leno show have indicated an
interest in meeting the Winns and we hope others from the networks and press
will do the same.  Brent Barlow, Chair, Governor's Commission on Marriage -
Utah.  (Phone:  801-538-1533)


Calling All Brides! Icelandair Invites Couples to Marry Aboard the
'Honeymoon Express'

Thursday, January 24, 2002 4:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan 24, 2002 (ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) -- Icelandair flight FI642
from Baltimore/Washington International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland, will
be the "Honeymoon Express" for couples wishing to marry on Valentine's Day
while crossing the Atlantic en route to their honeymoon.

An exclusive fare of $299 per couple includes the round-trip flight from BWI
on February 14, two nights at Icelandair's Hotel Loftleidir in Reykjavik
with Scandinavian buffet breakfast, airport/hotel transfers - and more!
IsHestar stables will take them on a memorable trek across the lava fields
on their unique Icelandic horses. A dip in the exotic Blue Lagoon will cap
off their honeymoon prior to their return flight on Sunday, February 17.

Each bride and groom wearing a wedding dress and tuxedo throughout the event
February 14 will be treated to a gourmet dinner in Reykjavik as guests of
the Iceland Tourist Board. Additional treats are in store for the newlyweds
throughout the weekend. The brief 5-hour transatlantic flight departs BWI at
8:15pm, arriving Iceland at 6:50am Friday morning. Couples may choose to
spend their free time enjoying the culture, cuisine and Duty Free shopping
of Reykjavik or discovering Iceland's extraordinary countryside.

Advance reservations for the "Honeymoon Express" are recommended, as space
is limited. Passengers must arrive BWI at least three hours prior to
departure for special ticketing and check-in procedures; tickets will be
issued at the airport only on February 14 upon presentation of the couple's
valid passports and a certified marriage license. Passengers must present
those documents to receive the promotional fare of $299 per couple;
otherwise, they will be charged the applicable fare of $444 per person,
based on double occupancy.

Relatives and friends of the brides and grooms may join them and other
passengers for a pre-flight Champagne Reception at 5:00pm, compliments of
BWI Airport, next to the Icelandair ticket counter. The Honorable Robert P.
Duckworth, Clerk of the Court for Anne Arundel County, will officiate at the

The special package fare does not include fees associated with obtaining
passports or marriage licenses; airport taxes (approximately $71 per
person); or personal travel insurance. Additional nights are available at
regular Adventure Package rates ($43 per person, double room) and must be
booked prior to departure; some restrictions may apply. Tickets are
non-refundable once travel has commenced.

Details and reservations are available from Icelandair at 410/715-5712. This
offer is not available online or from travel agents.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coverage is available at BWI Airport for the event/departure
on February 14 and the newlyweds' return on February 17. Limited coverage is
available on the flight and throughout the weekend in Iceland. Please
contact Debbie Scott at Icelandair at 410/715-5153 for details.

CONTACT:          Icelandair
                  Debbie Scott, 410/715-5153


Niagara Falls Mulls No-Wait Wedding
Thursday, January 24, 2002

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Good news for couples who are just itching to
get hitched in the nation's honeymoon capital.

A law pending in the New York Legislature would exempt Niagara Falls from
the state's requirement that couples wait 24 hours after getting a marriage
license to say ``I do.''

The idea is meant to tap into an underdeveloped market in a city that has
seen better days. 

``We were looking for ways to invigorate the economy in Niagara Falls and we
researched a number of the industries that presently exist,'' said state
Sen. Byron Brown, the bill's sponsor.

The notion of no-wait nuptials in the Falls is supported by tourism
officials and a majority of the city council hoping to attract engaged
couples and already-married ones looking to renew vows or take a second

Supporters of quickie weddings envision more job-generating chapels, along
with kiosks where couples could buy marriage licenses after normal business
hours and on weekends.

The Rev. Gerard Fedell, who ties the knot for about 700 couples a year at
the Falls Wedding Chapel, said as many as three dozen couples a month have
come to him hoping to get married right away. Lifting the waiting period
would simplify things, he said.

``I don't think it's necessary for the state to put an obstacle in the path
of people who wish to get married,'' Fedell said.

Buffalo Bishop Henry Mansell views the waiting period differently.

``Marriage counselors and clergy people of all faiths recognize the
importance of serious preparation for marriage: marriage preparation
programs, candid dialogue on issues that will affect marriage and the
family, open discussion about where the couple is going,'' he said.

The proposed legislation ``trivializes'' marriage, he said.

In Nevada, the reigning king of quickie weddings, marriage is a major
industry. Last year, marriage generated $10 million and supported hundreds
of jobs, Brown said.

Fedell noted that New York is in the minority of states requiring a wait
between license and vows.

``We can look at other states and say civilization has not ended as we know
it because there is no waiting period,'' he said.

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