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By Anna Lynn Sibal

Many people believe that the easiest place to get married in is Las Vegas in Nevada. There are no blood tests needed and waiting periods are nil. All you need to do to get a marriage license there is to appear at their licensing bureau with proof of your age and some cash for the licensing fees. And then you and your partner can say your vows in front of a priest, a minister or an Elvis impersonator.

But if you and your partner do not feel that going to Vegas for your wedding and honeymoon is not romantic enough for you, you can try flying to Niagara Falls instead. Next to Las Vegas, the Niagara Falls is becoming a popular wedding destination both in the United States and in Canada.

Niagara Falls is found on the Niagara River, right at the border between Ontario, Canada and New York. It is actually composed of three large waterfalls: the American Falls, the Canadian Falls (also known as Horseshoe Falls for its distinct curved shape) and the Bridal Veil Falls. These three falls are separated from each other by islets. Together, they are shared by the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.

Why marry at the Niagara Falls? Logistically, it is just as easy to get married at the Niagara Falls as it is in Las Vegas. No blood tests are required and waiting periods only take less than 24 hours. Only proofs of the couple’s age and citizenship are required.

A lot of couples also find the Niagara Falls a romantic spot to say “I do.” There is a legend surrounding the Niagara Falls that tells of a Native American maiden named Lelawala. Lelawala is from the Ongiara tribe, from whose name the name Niagara was taken, and is the daughter of the tribal chief. She is in love with the thunder god He-No, but her father had arranged for her to marry a brave whom she hated. Being proud and adamant, Lelawala took her canoe and paddled to her death towards the Niagara Falls. But as she fell down, He-No caught her and took her to his sanctuary beneath the Falls, where their spirits lived happily ever after. Many couples are taken by the romance of this story and hope to recapture that romance by holding their wedding at the Niagara Falls.

What can honeymooners (and non-honeymooners) do to enjoy the romance that is the Niagara Falls? There are a lot of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Niagara Falls and one of them is to stroll along the walkways of Prospect Park on the American side for a lovely view of the Bridal Veil. If the couple is up to it, they can go down to the Cave of the Winds trail for a walk along Bridal Veil’s base.

If the couple is on the Ontario side, they can go to the Journey Behind the Falls, an observation deck and a series of tunnels giving a majestic view of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The newlyweds can explore the tunnels on their own or stay at the observation deck and watch the rainbows form. Rainbows, after all, are a symbol of hope, and the start of a marriage is always filled with new hope for tomorrow.

Perhaps the newlyweds would want to go on a boat tour of the Niagara River aboard the Maid of the Mist, which takes its passengers as close as it dares to all three falls. And then, after a day of touring the Falls, the couple could cap the night with a dinner at the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room at the Ontario side of the Falls. The Skylon is the highest point where visitors to the Niagara Falls can observe the Falls. The Revolving Dining Room, as the name implies, revolves once every hour to give its diners a fantastic 360° view of the Falls and the surrounding area.

Niagara Falls is a great place in which to spend a honeymoon or a romantic getaway. There you will certainly feel the love in the air.

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