Anyone been or had/having a city hall wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

If you haven’t already, have a look at  They have a lot of (beautiful, gorgeous) city hall weddings And how – Tos. 

Post # 4
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I wonder if it would be taboo to have pre-wedding festivities if those participating in the festivities will not attend the wedding or after party (reception).<br />Will you have a reception?<br />Also, if someone understands you are not having a reception and still insists on throwing you a shower or such, I think that is fine. But I would personally feel awful if I did a registry for these such events. <br /><br />

Post # 6
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

MangoLover4Life:  Well, i think we all can relate to wedding planning stress! ha. Have you though about a wedding planner?<br />Even if it’s a party down the road, i feel like it would be inappropriate to have guests who were uninvited to a wedding go to a wedding shower where gifts are expected. I would feel like the bride and groom were being gift graby. It would leave a bad taste in my mouth. <br /><br />I would just have the party down the road… and again, if someone close to you wants to through you a shower (without you putting the thought in there head), then that would be fine, INO. 

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I do not think pre-wedding festivities are appropriate for a city hall wedding with a very small guest list. 

Post # 10
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MangoLover4Life:  My best friend got married at city hall in Toronto. It was a fairly quick service and luckily the groom made it on time because there was an accident on the highway. They got dressed up, took pictures at a local park in their own city and than headed back to a relatives place where we had a back yard bbq. We didn’t have a bridal shower for her because they were the “wedding is on, wedding is off” kinda couple and I was in school at the time. The other girl that stood with me never planned anything and neither did the brides mom. Looking back I feel awful but at the same time, when you are on again than off again it makes it hard to plan anything, spend the money on a shower and not know if they will actually get married. The only way I’d have a bridal shower is if I invited these people to city hall for my wedding. My fiance and I had decided a long time ago that was something we personally didn’t want to go that route. There’s nothing wrong with it but my fiance and I have struggled since we moved out on our own and finally we are getting back on our feet and want to have a nice formal wedding to celebrate with friends and family. 

I think it depends what you want to do on your wedding day. There are many beautiful city hall weddings. Most of them from experience I have seen are short and sweet. I have known people to elope to Niagra Falls and get married in chapels and use it as their honeymoon destination as well. Some people do these weddings so they can buy houses instead. Maybe start by searching google for city hall weddings in your area to get a feel if you and your fiance are interested in something like what they offer! 

Post # 11
11 posts

I went to a city hall wedding in NYC. It wasn’t as glamorous as some photos make it out to be; I think the trick is to hire a really good photographer and go with photo ideas in mind. City hall was waiting in line around a bunch of strangers and then you’re in and out. My friends had a dinner reservation afterwards. I think that’s a nice intimate way to celebrate.

Post # 12
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Post # 13
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MangoLover4Life:  I think it’s a great idea to have a small get together with your close friends or family. We’re having an intimate dinner  for 12 After our city hall civil ceremony. Do what you want that makes you happy. I can see by one comment saying not to. Who cares right ? 

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