Anyone here have a courthouse wedding? Any regrets?

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Post # 2
45 posts

We did! 
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
2666 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
217 posts
Helper bee

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
870 posts
Busy bee

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
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

We did! We had a nice dinner with family after. We’re also doing a more traditional wedding next month. 

Post # 7
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We did a court house wedding back yard reception thing. We saved thousands of dollars and used them up for traveling. 

Post # 8
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We got married at a courthouse. We didn’t do pics there but we had professional pics taken on the beach afterwards. 

Post # 10
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • 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
2624 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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

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