Post # 1
Me and my SO are on the road to getting engaged. Well after looking at engagement rings last night at the all. We had a conversation about how/where we would get married. We decided that we want to do a simple court house ceremony. Possibly follow with a reception at a venue.
Now my questions are…what kindof dresss does the bride wear? I think ballgown is too much for a courthouse ceremony but i like the idea of the short or tea length white wedding dresses. Or should i wear just any white dress from the mall that I like? My SO will bein a tux or a suit n tie.
Next question..flowers…for a courthouse ceremony, should i make my own fake flower bouquet or actually haved a real flower bouquet?
Next question…bridal party….I have 1 friend and we are not close. So i have no bridal party whatsoever. My SO has a few close friends but they are work friends not the type we would go on double dates with or anything. Is it okay to Not have any sort of bridal party? who would sign as a witness? Mymom and dad?
Post # 2
I think it depends on the area you’re in. But at my local courthouse, brides usually wear a simple white dress. Like a sundress or white maxi dress. I’ve seen brides with a bouquet, but many don’t have flowers at all. I’ve never seen a wedding at a courthouse with a bridal party… But that could just be in my area. As far as witnesses, your parents could certainly do it. As long as the person is over 18, they can be a witness!
Post # 3
WarrenEW: I think the first thing you need to do is to stop thinking about a courthouse wedding as something lesser than a traditional wedding. No matter where you get married you can have the dress and flowers that you want as long as you can afford it! Same with the bridal party. Lots of couples go without one. Anyone can be your witnesses- your muma nd dad or a stranger or the postman. Go with who you feel is right.
If you want to wear a ball gown then wear a ball gown, if you want to wear a 70’s safari suit then wear a 70’s safari suit. Wear what you want and rock it.
Post # 4
WarrenEW: This is your wedding, you can do it however you want to. You can wear a ballgown, have a boquet, a reception at a separate venue, 10 bridesmaids, no bridesmaids. It doesn’t matter. You could go in your jeans and t-shirts with just you and your FI, pick two strangers off the street as witnesses and go and do it! Whatever makes you happy is exactly what you should do
Post # 5
I think a simple courthouse wedding sounds great. It’s really about the marriage, not the wedding, and if this option suits you then it’s the right option.
As others have said, you can wear anything you like! Try on dresses and wear whatever makes you feel beautiful. I’m a bit of a sucker for tea-length anyway though 🙂 My sister-in-law got married in a registry office, UK equivalent?, and wore a simple floor length strapless gown. I think it was like a long bridesmaids dress in an ivory colour. She looked lovely.
You can have flowers if you want them, or carry something else if you’re not sure what to do with your hands. A clutch bag? Maybe depends on the dress you’re wearing. Or just hold hands with your Mr.
I think you can do without a bridal party. If I have one at all it’s going to be a small one, like 1 person for me and 1 for him.
Not sure about witnesses as it may be different to UK? Other bees have suggested it just needs to be someone over 18, so you might want to check that for where you live but it sounds about right. You can ask parents, or any guests, or a stranger off the street.