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Brides hold their roses during a group wedding at the National Croquet Center. The group wedding ceremony is put on by the Palm Beach County clerk/comptroller's office. Thirty couples tied the knot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Kase Chong, right, picks out balloons held by Peter Lee to go with his flowers as crowds filled the downtown flower district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Jose Bernardo carries a huge bouquet of roses to the car of a customer who bought them for his wife.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Jorge Gonzalez, a traffic officer with the L.A. Department of Transportation, gets into the spirit of the day with a rose in his safety vest as he directs morning traffic in the flower district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Veronica Zamora stuffs helium-filled balloons from her daughter into their compact car as they joined the masses looking for flowers and balloons to celebrate the day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Alejandro Flores, from left, Frank Bermudez, Carlos Bermudez and Ruben Duarte carry bouquets for the women in their lives. The four Commerce co-workers decided to hit the flower district in the morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

England's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is given a rose as she visits Alder Hey Children's Hospital. She visited charities on her first Valentine's Day as a married woman, more than 7,900 miles away from husband William, who is on a six-week posting in the Falkland Islands as part of his role as an RAF search and rescue pilot.


Bowling Green State University ROTC Air Force Cadet David Harless holds hands with Hazel Ellis at Heritage Corner Health Care Campus. Harless and other cadets spent their lunch hour passing out roses and cookies to residents.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: J.D. Pooley / Sentinel-Tribune

A red heart-shaped balloon lies in the snow.


Pia Walter and Maxence Lepesant kiss in an inflatable church during their wedding rehearsal. Lovers in the German capital were invited to test their wedding in the "pop-up church" on Valentine's Day.


A Chinese couple kiss for 60 seconds to receive free food in a kissing competition at a cafe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

Couples get married in a pool. It was the second year the city organized such a group wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Martin Mejia / Associated Press

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By Tiffany Hsu

They say Valentine’s Day is all about the love — but it’s also about the numbers.

Take greeting cards: Folks will send about 150 million of them for V-Day this year, not including the packs of notes that children hand out at school, according to the Greeting Card Assn. The holiday is the second-biggest day for cards, topped only by Christmas.

Valentine’s Day is also one of the five most popular calling days of the year, at least for expats. International calls on Feb. 14 from Swiss-born U.S. residents, for example, are typically more than triple the volume on a normal day, according to calling services provider VIP Communications Inc. The only bigger calling days are Christmas, New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

As for other ways to show you care, men will shell out an average of $168.74 on clothing, jewelry and other gifts this Valentine’s Day, a survey by the National Retail Federation indicates. That’s nearly double the amount that women will spend. It works out to a gender-neutral average of $126.03 per person – up 8.5% from last year and the highest amount in the 10 years of the survey. That includes $4.52 per person on presents for pets.

Overall, V-Day celebrants are expected to spend $17.6 billion.

Read blog post: Average man to spend $169

1 Comment

  1. February 15, 2012, 8:12 am

    And the point of this article is? Sure, dude, it's not about the food, it's all about the money, so why don't you starve yourself to death.


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