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Issued: Monday, 29 February
Couples who are taking the leap into marriage on February 29 will be waiting four years to celebrate their official wedding anniversary. NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages has 15 ceremonies arranged for Monday, well short of the 50 couples it married on Valentine's Day this year. "Civil services are increasingly popular in NSW and couples often flock to the Registry on Valentine's Day and unusual dates, such as 10/11/12. However, leap day, although unique, isn't one of our busiest," said BDM Registrar Amanda Ianna. "Some couples might enjoy the low maintenance approach of celebrating a wedding anniversary every four years but I'm sure most brides and grooms tying the knot on February 29 will find another special day to celebrate their anniversary on non-leap years. "I guarantee the couples we marry on the leap day will have an unforgettable experience and a unique story to share at dinner parties for the rest of their lives." Couples married on February 29 won't be the only ones waiting four years to mark a special occasion. Almost 250 children born on the last leap day in 2012 will celebrate their "first" birthday on Monday. Around 41,000 couples were married in NSW in 2015. Two-thirds chose a civil marriage service and one in 10 couples booked a Registry marriage. Registry weddings are an affordable option for couples taking their vows. Packages start at $401, and provide a choice of locations in Sydney, Parramatta and Wollongong. To enquire out about a Registry marriage, call 13 77 88 or visit www.bdm.nsw.gov.au Registry weddings are featured on Hatch, Match & Dispatch on Thursdays at 8pm on ABC and on iview.abc.net.au.