Post # 17
I think that if you want a courthouse wedding, then more power to you. Just the same as with non courthouse weddings, every one is a bit different.
I was contacted by a bride a couple of months ago who asked me if I would shoot her courthouse wedding and I agreed excitedly. I’d never done one before, but it ended up being just beautiful.
We still did a first look, it was just on the courthouse steps. I don’t know how they arranged it, but they got married after hours at 5:30 and we had the courthouse completely to ourselves. They chose exactly where they wanted to get married in the building and the judge performed a beautiful ceremony. There was even a time for everyone to bow their heads and pray afterwards, which I thought made it seem less institutional/govermentlike than usual.
After the ceremony the bride and groom and their families went out to dinner at a very nice restaurant and had a private dining room. The bride had a bouquet, the groom had his boutonniere and the moms both had wrist corsages.
It was as “weddinglike” as any other wedding I’ve ever been to, and it was perfect.
If you’re interested, you can see pictures of their wedding here.
Do what suits YOU, and screw everyone else 🙂
Post # 18
Thank you for sharing that link–beautiful photos! 🙂
Post # 19
No problem 🙂 I’m sure your wedding will be beautiful as well!!
Post # 20
That has to be the silliest article I’ve ever read.
I was married at city hall. Not a courthouse, but similar. It was not at all like the article described. We scheduled a date and time about two weeks in advance. There were no metal detectors, no inmates, nothing unpleasant. The mayor met us in his office right at the scheduled time. He was very pleasant and cordial and told us that performing marriages was his favorite part of his job. He greeted all of the family members that came with us and posed for pictures. While walking out of the building, we were stopped in the halls several times by people telling us congratulations. The cost? $0. He told us that as a public servant he isn’t allowed to accept a “gift” for his services, even though we tried.
We actually ran into the mayor later that evening at a festival and he made it a point to come over and tell us congrats again. All in all, it was a very nice experience.
Post # 21
My parents were married at church….they are still married 38 years later
My FIs parents were married at the courthouse….they have been married for 43 years (until FIs mom passed away earlier this year)
It’s not the location…it’s the committment.
Post # 22
@Neva: this is the cutest thing heard ever heard! How nice :]
Post # 23
We were married by the mayor at City Hall. The mayor and his late wife had been married for 32 years and also were married at their city hall. He was really emotional during our vows because his wife passed quite recently. It was a wonderful wedding and I’m so happy we did it.
Pictures here: http://www.viennaglennblog.com/2012/09/an-elopement-sara-and-ed.html
Post # 24
@QueenBecca037: I SERIOUSLY loved this!! PS my Fiance is from Douglas County Ga :p