Post # 1
soo after overthinking almost every night, ive made up my mind to have a courthouse wedding and after a dinner in an italian restuarant. at first i wanted a big ol wedding, but after struggling with our budget and our guestlist i decided to look into courthouse weddings after all im not all that traditional.i picture it being more intimate and just having our close friends and families which will be around 30 or less.
Our anniversary is on Oct 25 and we plan to get married on that day.
i will be looking at tea length and lace dresses with birdcage veils tomorrow, any ideas of what else i need hence a bouquet? what days can you get married in a courthouse? what steps to take for the marriage license? how soon do i need to get the license?
im still planning on having my bridesmaids and def hiring a professional photographer for the whole day.
phew im totally excited hehe, any comments are welcome
Post # 3
Which courthouse are you getting married at? If you’re getting married at SF city hall (where I’m planning on getting married someday!), you should check out this website for logistical info (e.g., which days are best to get married on, what parts of city hall are available to you for a short, private ceremony, etc.):
And take a stroll through some of her images to get a sense of just how gorgeous a courthouse wedding can be! 🙂
(ps. I do not know the photographer; her page is just one of the first that pops up on google for “sf city hall wedding”)
EDIT: Your profile says you’re in san jose; please disregard if you’re not or you’re not planning on getting wed in the bay area. 🙂
Post # 4
I’m freaking excited and weve never met! LOL
I think its great to keep things intimate and real! Weddings are incredibly stressful at any size or style, and can be a big budget buster.
As far as the courthouse, it depends on the county you get married in/at. They are open 5 days a week assuming there is no federal holiday. You should pop in and talk to them and schedule a time to have the court marry you! The amount of time you need to have the license by varies!
Post # 5
yes i am in sj i never thought about going out of sj to get married, i was thinking of just getting married in the santa clara courthouse and hiring a really good photographer to have some awesome pics hehe
mrs.argentina: thanks! we have a 9m old bbygirl and things change soo much after babies which i wouldnt have it any other way but i think a courthouse wedding is more in my taste since it will be small. ill probably go to the court during the week.
Post # 6
OMG the sf city hall is beautiful! im definitely going to look into it thanks!
Post # 7
Good for you, it sounds like you’re going to have a lovely wedding 🙂 What resteraunt were you going to go to? I’m from san jose too 🙂
Post # 8
Congratulations on your decision! After seeing this, I might do the SF city hall wedding as well. It seems great…no stress and gorgeous pictures…more money in the pocket too!
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I think this is a fantastic choice!
Post # 11
@MabelleBliss: Maggianos little italy its in santana row, not as fancy but not casual either and i love their food.
@Sienna76: totally stress free hehe, thanks i love looking at those pics!
*whisper whisper* i bought my dress today! will post pics in a diff post
Post # 12
I’m the the photographer who’s link was given to you above (thanks Azure!).
FWIW, about 50% of my clients who get married in City Hall are not from San Francisco. Many are from out of state, and even out of the country. It’s a huge “destination” wedding venue, and absolutely gorgeous on the inside.
I photograph here several times a month, and know the venue intimately. If you have any questions, feel free to visit my FAQ page on my website, or give me a jingle. I’m happy to help!
Congrats on the engagement!
Post # 13
Just wanted to weigh in and tell you my sister-in-law was married outside of a courthouse (it was the middle of the summer) and was actually sweet and intimate. There were about 20 witnesses for the short ceremony, and we went out for italian after. Enjoy!