Couples have been queueing for four days and nights to be among the first to marry in the new millennium. Assistant architect Andy Luk and his fiancee, Jackie Lo, started queuing outside the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry on Monday to be able to marry on January 2, the first day the registry opens in the new millennium. Their wait, along with about 10 other couples, will drag on until tomorrow, when the first registrations for next year's weddings will be taken. 'We have been planning the ceremony for a year and just want to get married on a special day,' Mr Luk said. The couple originally planned a January 1 ceremony, but since the marriage registry is not open on public holidays, they found they had to delay it for a day. But for factory owner Patrick Lee, also lined up outside the marriage registry since Monday, getting married on January 2 has turned out to be an unwanted headache. 'I chose the day just because it is a Sunday and we have booked the wedding banquet for that day,' he said. 'It never occurred to me I would have to queue up for the registration. 'I knew there would be a lot of people clamouring to get married on the first day of 2000, but I didn't realise the registry would be shut,' he added. Whole families participate in the lining-up process, taking turns so everyone can rest at home. The couples have also made a pact over priority. Mr Lee stayed at the site last night to prevent newcomers from jumping the queue so others could go home.