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Published June 28, 2011, 06:58 PM

Minnesota brides scrambling as shutdown looms

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Summer brides in Minnesota are not only fretting about flowers, cake and candles. Many are wondering if their "I do's" will actually be legal.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

That is because the state shutdown is looming, and some wedding websites are urging brides and grooms to get to the courthouse and pay for the paperwork now. County recorders say, those couples in love have nothing to worry about.

Susan Russell and Christopher Langerud are all smiles in this weekend's engagement picture. A summer wedding planned in Hitterdal. But the couple is not rushing to the altar, they are headed to the courthouse.

Susan Russell – Summer Bride: “We wanted to make sure we called right away to know what we needed to do to get married legally.

But many websites and wedding blogs across Minnesota have summer brides confused. Many of those sites are urging brides to get those marriage licenses now. So what should brides do? At the Clay County recorder's office they are receiving a lot of calls from brides who are concerned on how it will affect them. Brides are calling in, hoping a Minnesota shutdown will not halt marriage licenses. Have no fear wedding planners. The state will not crash your party.

Bonnie Rehder – Clay County Recorder: “They are wondering if it will have any affect and it doesn't. Because marriage licenses are county by county and you can buy and license in Minnesota and get married in any county in Minnesota. There is no state agency involved."

For Susan and her community of summer brides to be, welcomed news. Now let's hope the groom shows up.

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