(Closed) HELP- Any Ideas on FREE ceremony Sites in Orlando, FL (no reception needed)

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If push comes to shove: Google parks/gardens/public venues. Crash one of them. Ceremonies only last about 15 minutes and with three people only you aren’t going to get kicked out for “throwing a wedding.”

ETA- Also since you’re not doing it in a courthouse you’re going to need witnesses to sign your wedding certificate… 

Post # 4
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wanted to get married in Jamaica but have been told it want be legal & should get married in the U.S.


Maybe double check with the Destination board – I think marriages in Jamaica are considered legal in the US, so many brides go there!


If you do opt for Orlando, check your town or county website to see if two witnesses are required.  Not all states require witnesses.


Ditto on the parks, public venues, open space idea!  Just crash it!

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As someone planning an Elopement to a Destination Wedding, I’ve gone thru this process myself.

Start by using GOOGLE to find info on Weddings in Orlando (or Getting Married in Orlando)

As well, The City of Orlando Website, should give you all the info you need on what are the Legal Requirements be you a Resident of the City / State of Florida / or a Visitor

Including… usually what Restrictions there are on using public property (such as Parkland)

As sienna76:  said, not all Cities / Counties require Witnesses

If you are planning to have your Wedding Night (or a Mini-Moon / Honeymoon) in an Orlando Resort, Hotel or Condo Rental, you may discover that they’ll be quite open to you getting married on their grounds for FREE if there is just the 2 of you and the Officiant

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

So my step dad’s family lives in Orlando, and while you should double check, they recall that legally you don’t need witnesses. But Orlando has this premarital prep course (lol) and if you don’t take it there is a three day waiting period for your license and The cost for your marriage license will be reduced $61.00 if you have completed the premarital preparation course within the last 12 months. Otherwise the cost is $93.50.

Post # 9
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cwynn:  I don’t know the cost of the course but it is only 4 hours long! I have a feeling it evens out cost wise but is their attempt to try and prevent divorce rates. I’d double check with your local clerk!


Congrats on your honeymoon!! You two could write special honeymoon vows to recite to each other on the beach there so you’re still getting your Jamaican wedding 🙂

Post # 11
33 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

@cwynn:  the Exedra at the Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park is not completely free but its pretty close (only $150) and it is GORGEOUS!  If I end up having a very small wedding then I am thinking of going there for my ceremony

I think you could probably “banzai” (meaning just show up unannounced) a wedding there as well as some of the other posters suggested. 

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