Ladies who got married at the court house…

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  

I was wed at the courthouse the first time. No regrets except the groom obviously and the fact I had no photos. 

The second time around we had a small ceremony with immediate family (and photags) and i LOVED it.

But no I do not regret not having a big poofy white dress, a formal ceremony or a large reception with all my friends and family and I’m the type of girl who loves dress up and parties. 

Post # 4
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  We weren’t married at the court house (as you know!), but good friends of ours were. They were married last May. They got engaged on Friday, and married on Monday. They loved it! She wore a cute little white dress, and he wore nice slacks and a button-down. DH’s parents were their witnesses (like I said, they’re really good friends). They are just no-fuss kind of people, and they took some sweet pictures on the bench outside. We would have done it, and not been upset about it, but it felt a little too “official” and not “romantic” enough. But I def think you could make it as romantic as you want!

Post # 6
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPanda99:  Definintely cheaper and easier than to get married in Jamaica. 

Post # 8
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  If the actual wedding isn’t important to you (like the pictures of you in your dress, him in a suit, saying vows on the sand next to the ocean, etc), I say courthouse all the way! It would be A TON easier. Then you could still go to wherever for a honeymoon, and you wouldn’t take up valuable resort time preparing for your wedding. I felt like the few days before we got married, a lot of time was spent doing wedding prep, instead of just enjoying the beach.

It wasn’t really expensive to do paperwork, it was time consuming though! We just paid the flat fee of $250 (I think?) and that included everything.  We did have to send via snail mail all of our documents. Copies of birth certificates, passports, etc. And we had paperwork to fill out when we got there that eventually went onto our marriage license. 

 

Post # 10
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108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got married at the courthouse and it was a pretty unceremonious event. I was rushed that day, we both wore just super casual clothes and it felt pretty sterile. That being said, I was excited and it did feel real that we were married. 

BUT i know that my family wanted the Wedding and at first I was dreading planning the whole thing. I just didnt want that kind of attention for a whole day, we are shy people. But as I have been planning it, I realized we should be celebrating in a special way the day we get married. Every girl deserves to walk down in a pretty dress (be it at a wedding or a courthouse) and I’m glad I get to do this. I’m glad that my family will get to see how happy we make each other. 

So no regrets I got married at the courthouse. I’ve gotten to enjoy being married to my husband months before the actual wedding. Of course a wedding costs money but to me it’ll be worth it. 

Post # 13
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I regret it because we had a small wedding plan and ended up at the courthouse when it had to be cancelled due to our daughter’s urgent surgery.

We’re doing a tiny vow renewal in February though.  I really just want to say real vows (which you CAN do at a courthouse, but we had no time to prepare) and have photos (also which you can do if you plan in advance!)

Post # 14
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2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsPanda99:  i got married at city hall. it’s sort of like a courthouse i guess. i think they might have some court stuff there. anyways, i loved it. it was stress free. we didn’t have to plan a ceremony and i didn’t have to walk down a stupid aisle with everyone staring at me (i had some major anxiety about that!). i wore a traditional wedding dress and we had a small reception at a hotel afterwards. at san francisco city hall, they have this gorgeous rotunda where they put the christmas tree and they did the ceremonies in front of the tree so it wasn’t a sterile feeling. it was quite beautiful and really cheap! the ceremony plus our marriage license cost less than $200.

Post # 15
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPanda99:  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/were-married-yeah-couples-negril-wedding#axzz2VvIJbVoL

Here it is! I have plenty of general non-wedding Couples pictures too. PM if you want to see. 🙂 Also – I would recommend NOT using the resort photog. He did a fabulous job with pictures, but they were crazy expensive and they give you two options. You can get a print, or you can get the photos on a CD. We chose the latter (obviously we wanted the ability to reprint later on), and the photos are NOT high-res at all. They are blurry when you print them at a certain size. We were super disappointed with that. They charge a flat rate of $25 per photo (again, that’s not a print, just the photo on a CD). They also have a $75 processing or whatever fee that’s automatically added. It doesn’t take many photos to get expensive! I was OK with the price, but not when we tried to print large pictures and they didn’t turn out. 🙁

Post # 16
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@earthbiscuit:  We have the same story!

 

We got married at the courthouse in December. His parents and my mom were there. It was a wonderful day. My mom took photos with a DSLR camera, so we do have nice pics. The ceremony was nice, the judge was very nice. We did not feel rushed. It was fun! I think it really depends on the courthouse if it’s going to be a pleasant experience or not. We had alovely, lokey get together with mostly only close family and simple food in the evening. It really was a fantastic day. I remember that I was just grinning ear-to-ear all day 🙂

We are having a big-ish wedding (50 ppl) in September and yes, we will have a ceremony. It wasn’t something we wanted to skip. You only get one chance in life! (Or that’s the plan at least, right?) Also, our families were super supportive. His parents got married in the same court house 40 years ago! Our families are very excited about the wedding, probably more excited than me (just because I’m an introvert). It will be the first non-courthouse wedding in both families in 45 years, so there you have it. No ceremony was not in the cards!

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