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Vegas ends 24-hour nuptial service

LAS VEGAS – Spontaneous lovebirds and celebrities take note: there won’t be any more early morning quickie marriages in Vegas.

After years of sanctioning hastily made matches, the Las Vegas marriage bureau plans to close its all-night counter. County officials approved a new 8 a.m. to midnight schedule that will take effect Wednesday, eliminating 24-hour marriage license service on Fridays, Saturday and holidays.

The counter did not offer after-midnight service Monday through Thursday.

Officials said the move would affect less than 4 percent of the licenses issued by the bureau and save $200,000 a year.

But the cost-cutting move could jeopardize Las Vegas’ self-proclaimed standing as the marriage capital of the world, although it could also save the rich and spontaneous from some high-profile grief.

Pop star Britney Spears, socialite Nicky Hilton, and actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis all wed in the late-night hours in Las Vegas. All three unions ended in divorce, with Spears’ January 2004 nuptial to childhood pal Jason Alexander being annulled just 55 hours later.