Las Vegas, a city known for numbers and quickie weddings, made a push to cash in on Wednesday's auspicious 12-12-12 date.
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DURATION: 1:05-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION -- AP ClientsLas Vegas - Dec. 121. TS Lisa Cordero and her fiance Eric Armijo at chapel wedding ceremony2. Sign advertising "12/12/12 Weddings"3. Freeze frame of sign "12/12/12 Weddings"4. Wide of Las Vegas Strip5. MS of a signs for a Little White Chapel6. Wide of vehicle pulling into Little White Chapel7. SOUNDBITE: Lisa Cordero and Eric Armijo/ Married on (Transcript Below) 8. Lisa Cordero raising bouquet over head after ceremony9. Couple walking out the open door of chapel10. AP Graphic - Speedy WeddingsAP TELEVISION -- AP ClientsNew York - Dec. 1211. George Kid, Jr kissing bride at end of wedding ceremony12. Lisa Cordero and Eric Armijo outside Las Vegas wedding chapel with married 12-12-12VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:OVERWRITE WITH SCRIPT HERESOUNDBITE: Name/Occupation:LAS VEGAS IS SCREAMING IT'S APPROVAL OF WEDNESDAY'S SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.12-12-12!!THE CITY KNOWN FOR ITS ILLUMINATED STRIP -- ELVIS IMPERSONATORS -- AND QUICKIE WEDDINGS HAS MADE A MARKETING PUSH TO BRING IN THOUSANDS OF LOVEBIRDS USING THE CENTURY'S LAST STRING OF IDENTICAL NUMBERS.SOUNDBITE: (English) Lisa Cordero, Bride getting married on 12/12/12:"We got married 12/12/12 at 12am. We are the first couple to be married on this spectacular day."SOUNDBITE: (English) Victoria Raggio, Assistant General Manager, Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel:"today we have 121 weddings, and our first wedding, of course, was at midnight. And our last wedding is going to be at 11:30pm tonight."THE EXCITEMENT OF A QUICK WEDDING IN VEGAS IS PARTLY BASED ON THE STATE'S STREAMLINED WEDDING LAWS.BUT ITS SHARE OF THE TRADE HAS DROPPED A BIT OVER TIME AND OTHER STATE'S ARE TRYING TO CATCH UP. MISSISSIPPI ENACTED A "QUICKIE MARRIAGE" LAW THIS YEAR TO ATTRACT VISITORS.SIMILAR LEGISLATION IS BEING CONSIDERED IN NEW JERSEY.IN 2003, NEW ORLEANS SAW A JUMP IN MARRIAGE TOURISM AFTER ENDING ITS WAITING PERIOD FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES.. NEW YORK IS ALSO LOVESTRUCK OVER THE IDEA OF TRYING TO CAPTURE A BIGGER SHARE OF THE WEDDING BUSINESS.SIGOUT - Name/Associated Press