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What happens in South Jersey stays in South Jersey.
Well, actually, on a social media-powered planet, nothing really stays anywhere — which is why you don't have to travel all the way to Vegas to get hitched by Elvis anymore.
Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford has a call out to all those sequins-loving romantics out there. The restaurant and events business will host a free mass wedding on Valentine's Day for engaged couples or married folks who want to renew their vows.
Bill and Evelyn Balis, who own Adelphia, gave away a free wedding for one couple and 150 guests three years ago.
This time, the most romantic day of the year will be marked by a large group wedding from 6 to 10 p.m.
"It's the most romantic holiday of the year, it falls on a weekend, and it's the anniversary of the last time we did this, so it made perfect sense to do this," said Evelyn Balis in an email. "Weddings are one of the biggest things we’re known for at Adelphia, and we wanted to get really creative and figure out a way to include as many people as possible this time around.
"We hope to see dozens of happy couples tie the knot with us this year, and we're even welcoming any couples who would like to renew their vows. It was such a hit last time and it even made national news, so we really hope anyone looking to get married hears about this and gets the opportunity to get married without breaking the bank."
The owners joke that getting married in New Jersey is less of a gamble than heading to the Elvis Chapel in Vegas.
They point out that the Garden State boasts the lowest divorce rate in the country, according to the 2011 Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Unlike Vegas, you can't hit the slots after the vows, but you can take that gamble on love.
Not to be outshined by the Marriage (and Neon) Capital of the World, the Balises will hire an Elvis impersonator to officiate at the non-denominational ceremony, they said, "and then serenade the brides, grooms and their friends and families.''
I think we can expect a few rounds of "Pledging My Love,'' "Can't Help Falling in Love'' and yes, "It's Now or Never.''
The free mass wedding will include ceremony, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for each happy couple. Guests who want to witness the marriage is $50, with a cash bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.
Music and flowers also will be provided by Adelphia.
Proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association, they said.
Interested parties can reserve a space at what may be the largest mass wedding in New Jersey history by emailing email@example.com.
Adelphia is located at 1750 Clements Bridge Road. For more information visit www.AdelphiaRestaurant.com.
Tammy Paolino covers restaurants, breweries, food trucks and arts events for the USA TODAY New Jersey Network. She’s an award-winning reporter and editor who has covered the Garden State for more than 30 years. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-486-2477 or on Twitter @CP_TammyPaolino. Help support local journalism with a Courier-Post subscription.