Court continues tradition of free Valentine's vows

LAWRENCEVILLE - As the nursery rhyme goes: First comes love; then comes marriage.

For Valentine's Day this year, local judges will make the marriage happen for free.

Gwinnett County Magistrate Court judges will spend Tuesday uniting couples in matrimony, part of a decades-long Valentine's Day tradition.

About 60 couples renewed their vows or exchanged them for the first time during last year's festivities.

"It gives us a special day," Alice Ashman said last year after she and her husband exchanged their vows for the sixth year in a row.

Ceremonies will begin at

9 a.m. Tuesday for those not afraid of a commitment. But couples must have a valid marriage license to participate in the wedding ceremonies. For those asking for renewal ceremonies, the certificate isn't necessary.

All services are free and are also available in Spanish. No appointment is necessary. Simply come to the Magistrate Court at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center,

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.