(Closed) City hall dress dillema!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As far as what to wear… you can literally wear anything!! From a sun dress to a full blown wedding gown.  My fiance and I were thinking about the city hall approach, (we are doing a SMALL wedding outside instead) However… I was thinking of going to a bridal shop and finding maybe a prom type dress. Something white, maybe shorter ( knee length ) and doing my hair very pretty. Have you seen Sex and the City the movie?? Kinda like that in a way… something simple, pretty, something that just makes YOU happy. 
A friend of mine got married at City Hall, and she said you have to make an appointment, then that day, go in, wait your turn, go up, get married, sign the liscense, and thats it. done and done. Most simple thing ever.

GOOD LUCK to you and your future husband!!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think a cute little white suit a la SATC would be perfect, and since it is the end of summer, you’ll prob be able to find great deals on them at Loehmann’s or TJ Maxx-type places 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Im about 90% sure that the paster/preecher/minister guy just says everything and you basically say I do.  I havent heard of a city hall wedding where you say your own vows or anything… I would assume, you could kinda do whatever you want to do.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m guessing what you have to do depends on where you live.  We were married at city hall.  We made an appointment and arrived there about 15 minutes before our assigned time with a few family members.  

The mayor came in asked for the marriage license (which we got at the courthouse a few days earlier).  He then had us stand in front of him and did the ceremony.  The ceremony was very similar to what you’d get in a short church ceremony, but not so overtly religious.  We had the vows, the exchanging of rings, and the “You may now kiss the bride” parts.

Afterwards, he congratulated us and signed the marriage license.  He then kept it and mailed it back to the court for us.  We got the marriage certificate in the mail from the court a few weeks later.

As to what to wear, wear whatever makes you happy.  What you are describing sounds lovely.  I wore a knee-length white dress.  It was obviously not a wedding dress or a prom dress, but it was dressy…and I got it at Penney’s, so it didn’t cost much.  

Post # 8
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709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would look online at Forever 21. They have some dresses that are shorter, but still formal-ish. And most around $30.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@al1988:  I’d just call city hall and ask them if you have options in the ceremony.  The city hall where we were married will mail you a transcript of the ceremony they use (which I didn’t find out until afterwards..but oh, well.)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My FI and I also have to get married before our “wedding” so we are using a JP and one friend as a witness. We are doing a full blown formal ceremony on the cruise ship, so we are thinking about doing this one low-key with either cute white sundresses or something adorable like jeans and white sweaters–since we live in the great white north.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We got married in a civil ceremony as well.  As to what to do, I think it took us about 30 minutes for paperwork, waiting for the people ahead of us and for the 6 minute ceremony.  The ceremony was actually very sweet and so much more then what I thought it would be!  It did include vows, ring exchange (that’s optional) and kissing the bride.  I wore a blue dress that I found on Ebay and I thought the company I bought it from did a great job, had a fantastic price, and was fast and reliable with my purchase.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thank you!!!  It was an amazing day!  🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Okay, so I have a question for you, do you want to get married at City Hall by a mayor or do you want to have a judge do it at the courts? Either way, you are going to do a basic civil ceremony. I work at the Courthouse in Columbus, OH and I work in marriage licensing, so i see people who come in to get their license and then to get married right after that. You get some people who get really done up wearing a fancy, short white dress and get their hair done and have a bouquet. I have also seen some that just look nice in something i would consider business casual. Then I have also seen some who are just dressed in extremely casual wear that decide they want to get married that day.My suggestion is do what makes you happy. You can do whatever you want for that day.

In Columbus, we also have many wedding chapels that people can do a basic civil ceremony. Some of them do a lot of business because the courts are generally booked two months in advance. If you want to do something through the court/city hall I would call plenty in advance if there is a certain date you would want.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

this is from davids bridal special occasion section its only 99 dollars I am getting it if we do a court house wedding!

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