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Engaged Couples Line Up Early To Get Dibs On Popular Park Spots

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DENVER (CBS4) – Any bride knows planning the perfect wedding can mean sacrificing a good night’s sleep. That’s especially true if you’ve always dreamed of saying “I do” in one of Denver’s parks.

Engaged couples with big wedding plans lined up early Friday at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building to call dibs on popular park spots like the boathouse in Washington Park. It’s a popular venue for all kinds of events, particularly weddings.

Friday morning marked the first day Denver Parks and Recreation will accept applications for 2014 permits for special occasions and events in area parks.

Elise Barber and her fiance Ryan (credit: CBS)

Elise Barber and her fiance Ryan (credit: CBS)

Many brides dream of getting married at spots like the boathouse, and some will go to the extreme to make it happen. Some camped out for hours and hours before Friday morning’s office hours opened.

Elise Barber and her fiance Ryan made sure to be first in what wound up being a long line so they could book their dream wedding at Cheesman Park.

“We really wanted our wedding date so we made sure to take control of the situation,” she said.

Kris Wilson, Parks permit supervisor, said they encourage people to come in to their office with a few different options.

“As the people in front of them may have gotten their venue that they wanted,” she said. “We certainly want to continue to look up for them other opportunities and complete the transaction and hopefully meet their expectations so when they walk away they can go ahead and announce their date.”

Most of the first 100 couples in line Friday got the venue and date they wanted. Availablity for certain venues and dates in 2014 are limited now.

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