(Closed) Bridesmaids at a courthouse wedding? Umm..?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I have seen this done! I think you can do whatever you want. I think it looks less odd with a smaller party fwiw.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Courthouse Weddings come in all sorts of sizes… big or small (some folks opt for the Courthouse solely because they want a non-religous wedding)

You should check with the Courthouse you have in mind to see what they have for facilities… and what they can accommodate.

Some places have nothing bigger than an office or cubicle / or waiting area… while others (especially bigger cities) often have a full room available to you for your Friends, Family & Guests

Honestly, over the years I’ve seen both.  Where couples have gone alone… or folks do the whole shebang (mind you I’ve lived in both small towns as well as big cities)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mywere and I were witnesses to a friend getting married and it was a pretty quick in and out kinda thing. We were all crammed into this courtroom with other couples being married and they called them up one by one while others are watching. Nobody had a full bridal party but the judge did allow family members to stand along side and take pictures. 

 

I say do what you want since you are getting married but just keep in mind that it may look a little out of pace compared to other couples. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As long as it’s a pretty small party, I say go for it! Just because you’re having a courthouse wedding doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve to have your friends there to celebrate your special day!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Indeed zaakaawaa: is right some places they’ll have a timeframe set aside / blocked for Weddings… and everyone shows up at once… and is called to the front.  In other places, you’ll actually have an appointment.

Nice if you can find a place with a bigger room and appointments if your plans are include family, friends and a Bridal Party into the mix.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I went to file our marriage license, I saw a couple that was getting married in front of the JOP and they had a super small bridal party. I think there were two BMs and two GMs. It looked fine, especially if they are dressed somewhat casually (e.g. short BM dresses instead of long flowy gowns).

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Galang_Gyal:  Wow, having the luxury of having a Courthouse Wedding on the lawn would be frickin amazing.  Not too many places do that sort of thing I imagine (altho one could always book an Officiant seperately and have a “location” wedding vs just going to the Courthouse)

I know when I was looking for an Officiant to do our Elopment / Destination Wedding down south a lot of the ads for Officiants said stuff like “Retired Judge can perform Weddings”… “JOP Will Travel” etc. admidst the long list of regular Officiants and folks who were licensed under the church “of whatever you all believe in” (seemed to be sooo many Churches that had names that no one ever heard of)

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Courthouse weddings are Really underrated. For the most part you can do whatever you want. I  have no regrets about mine. Ceremony and vows are just as special except there’s no excessive aesthetics (maybe its just me but I don’t understand why some brides need every inch of their venue covered with expensive flowers that are just going to be thrown in the garbage a few hours later). You can certainly have a bridal party at a courthouse wedding. Nothing weird about it at all. Enjoy!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Galang_Gyal: … I see you’ve asked Aquaria:  how long her ceremony lasted.

Maybe this bit of info will help…

Mr TTR and I didn’t have a Courthouse Wedding… in our case it was an Elopement / Destination Wedding on the Beach.

The Officiant part… with the Intro, and then the Vows we exchanged was over in under 10 Minutes (We didn’t have any Music, Walking Down the Aisle, or Attendants.  There were no Readings, Sand Ceremony etc).  Just Vows and Done.

Our Photographer was with us for aprox 30 minutes… that covered a few photos from the time we arrived (Before the Ceremony) to many posed ones afterwards.

To be honest… even a Church Wedding with all the trimmings can be pretty quick (as long as it isn’t a full-on Catholic Mass with Communion).  My first Wedding was done in about 30 minutes as well.

Hope this helps,

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Galang_Gyal:  I didn’t have a bridal party, just our parents and some friends as guests (we had the place to ourselves). Best friend and my brother were our witnesses. Including us a total of 10 people. The mayor was our officiant. He gave a lovely speech and we exchanged vows and rings. It took about 10 minutes and then everyone stuck around to take pictures. Mil videotaped the ceremony and made a slideshow scrapbook of pics for us. We’re having a casual reception in June, when the rest of our friends and family will be available to celebrate with us.

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