Post # 1
My fiancé and I have been bouncing ideas off each other for months now about how we’re going to get married. We’ve discussed pretty much every way under the sun! Lately we’ve both been thinking it would be easiest, cheapest, and least stressful to just get married at the courthouse with close family and friends. The only thing holding me back is pictures. I would love some nice pictures of us on our wedding day. I’ve always envisioned pictures in nature too and since we’d like to get married in the fall id like to use that.
Anyone on this site just go to a courthouse and get married? Can you tell me what you liked and disliked about that? Or tell me about what you did on that day! Any pictures, reception, etc…
Post # 2
it was whet we always wanted. A stress-free day, with our closest loved ones.
this is what we did:
10 am-12 pm: hair while dh was getting the cake and flowers and taking them to reception site
12:30- 1:30: make up
1:30- 2:30 get ready and getting ready pictures
2:45 to 3:45 first look photoshoot, and our very intimate vows (just the two of us and photographer) at a park, with lots of trees and a fountain.
4:00 to 4:30 ceremony at the courhouse. 10 people in total (parents and siblings only)
7 pm to 11:30 pm: Reception, 18 guests only (at a nice restaurant of our area which offered a private room. We had a nice dinner, wine and cake.)
i do not regret a single thing. We did not spend too much, and we had a great time.
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
We had kind of a tricky situation. We live in CA, his mom in in AZ and his grandparents are in OH. My immediate family and all of my close friends are in MO. And the rest of my family is spread out. We didn’t want to host a wedding and reception where only one side of the family would be close. And his family and my friends can’t really afford to travel super far. Neither one of us wanted a “wedding” per se so we did a super chill and laid back alternative.
We got married at the courthouse just the two of us and our photographer. That weekend we had a reception on the beach with a taco guy and his family.
The next weekend was the weekend before Christmas so we went to my hometown in MO and invited my side for a sit down dinner at a nice restaurant.
I would not change a thing about our wedding or reception. And our pictures turned out like any normal wedding. We also saved a ton of money so we got to take our dream honeymoon which, to us, was way more important than a big wedding.
Post # 4
lauraspencer : We did a courthouse wedding with some friends and family present, then went to dinner after. We hired a photographer who got pics before during and after the ceremony at the courthouse, then we went to a few different locations around the city for more pics. I still had flowers, I wore a wedding dress, it was a very special day.
The only thing that kind of sucked is having to wait to be called, I think we waited an hour because there were tons of couples there to get married since it was a Friday.
The ceremony was super short, which I loved. The judge gave us a few different options and we specifically chose the shortest one, but they were all relatively quick which could be seen a a negative to some.
We are lucky and have a beautiful courthouse, we were able to get married on the rooftop which overlooks the city. I’m not sure I would have done it if the courthouse wasn’t as awesome as it is.
Post # 5
lauraspencer : Sometimes officiants will travel short distances. (Or you can have a friend officiate.) You could have the ceremony in a park or a similarly picturesque location and then hold a small reception elsewhere.
Post # 6
We did! We had a nice dinner with family after. We’re also doing a more traditional wedding next month.
Post # 7
We did a court house wedding back yard reception thing. We saved thousands of dollars and used them up for traveling.
Post # 8
We got married at a courthouse. We didn’t do pics there but we had professional pics taken on the beach afterwards.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone this has really been solidifying that a courthouse wedding is the right thing for us!! All of you who posted pictures, they’re so beautiful! I also really appreciate hearing how your days went and what you did in regards to family, pictures, and reception.
mermaidbride79 : dreeceves : mrsttobe2019 : anonymousbee001 : anonbee123123 : sarathemermaid : lovingbee34 :
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2019 - Somewhere in Texas
I have no regrets. It really fit our situation and needs well. If we had more money to throw around, we would not have been opposed to doing it in a church or chapel. However, we had a nice reception at a hotel resort afterward- that, combined with an amazing judge who personalized the wedding and made it feel special- made our day feel just right. Also there are some beautiful courthouses!
Post # 11
- Wedding: County courthouse
My husband and I got married 11 years ago at the county court house. For a few years I regretted it. But I ended up getting pregnant 5 months after we got married, so a wedding and reception was too much for us financially on our own (our families were not contributing). Now I’m glad we didn’t spend $20,000-$30,000 (which is the national average) on one day. I balk when I hear how much the cost of wedding have gone up and the race to have the most Pinterest worthy and perfect wedding. I cherish that it was only my husband and I on our wedding day at the courthouse. It was so private and intimate