unexpected courthouse wedding

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@staciandmatt:  Dress up! Make a celebration of your wedding- courthouse or not.

You can always hold a vow renewal anytime it seems right.

Post # 4
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014


This is very, very common in the military- we had actually planned something like this until my fiance agreed that the expense and stress of the “big wedding” was too much and we just scaled the courthouse ceremony up slightly to include immediate family, a family officiant, and a cake. 

The most important thing is that you will be getting married to the man you love, just sooner- and that’s a happy thing! And if you’ve already got things planned for a formal wedding, those can stay planned and happen on the original several-years-from-now timeline.

I know there is often some grief given on these boards for people who want to “redo” the wedding later, but I think there’s a world of difference between just wanting two parties and having actual obstacles to overcome, the way a couple facing deployment or illness does. Anyone who loves and supports you guys- anyone who deserves to be at your wedding- will understand the situation and support this decision.

Post # 7
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It doesn’t matter what the venue is, just that the two of you are exchanging vows.  No matter how grand, or how simple, it comes down to that.  I hope you have a wonderful wedding!

Post # 9
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did one for immigration reasons.  My parents only had one week’s notice.  I am so happy we did our reception and said vows in front of friends but our day was very, very special and I wouldn’t change anything.  Find a beautiful little white dress and a killer pair of heels and enjoy!


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