Courting love: Wedding fees waived on Valentine’s Day


AUSTIN (KXAN) — You can’t put a price on love. For folks at the Travis County courthouse, they won’t have to worry about money to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day.

Two retired Travis County judges are waiving the $81 fee for couples to get married in court on the holiday.

It is a 33-year tradition for Judge John Lipscombe and his wife, Judge Jan Breland. They’ll each start weddings at 9:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of the County courthouse. The free service lasts till 4:30 p.m.

The judges have said in the past that they are happy to do it because this day has always been their favorite.

The court is marrying 30 couples Friday. 19 are individual weddings and in the afternoon a large group of 15 couples will be wed.

The first wedding of the day went to Rudy and Brandy Baldwin. The couple met at a party and say it was “love at first sight.” After four years together they decided to tie the knot. For them, getting married wasn’t planned but they wanted to have a more “intimate” setting before an actual ceremony to tie the knot.

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