(Closed) Civil Ceremony

posted 9 years ago in January 2010
Post # 3
888 posts
Busy bee

i did for similar type of reasons and it was a great descision.  takes a lot of the pressure off too.

and you know what?  it was absolutely awesome. i did not expect it to be romantic or fun but it really was.  and one of our witness, my friend, told me that it was the most beautiful wedding she had ever been to b/c you could really see how much we loved each other without all the other “stuff” around.  even the police officer in the courtroom was crying!


Post # 4
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yep!  As soon as one of can find a job offering benefits, we’re getting hitched.  Our actual wedding is in January, but we both just graduated and insurance is an issue.  Mine runs out tomorrow, and his has been gone for a while now.

Post # 6
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

I’m so tempted to have the civil ceremony!  I really wanted an small intimate ceremony, and I could still have one this way with the big wedding later.  The only problem is that I don’t want everyone to know, so then I’d have to keep it a secret which could involve lying.  I think it’s super romantic though, to get married with just you two!

Post # 7
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We’re doing a civil ceremony @ city hall the day before our reception.  I’m so glad to hear when brides have positive experiences doing this.  🙂 

We’re doing it this way because we would really like our anniversary to be 1/14/10, as it’s a date with special meaning to us.  We’ll have our immediate families with us for the city hall ceremony, and then we’ll all be going out to a late lunch/early rehearsal dinner afterwards. 

I’m especially excited that I got to buy two wedding dresses!  I’ll try to post my civil-ceremony inspiration board in the next few days.  🙂

Those of you who have/will be doing a separate civil ceremony – did you then do another ceremony on the day of your reception?  We’re doing a mildly religious but mostly secular ceremony on our reception day. 

By The Way – for what it’s worth, city hall in NYC has recently undergone some massive renovation.  It’s really lovely!  I was very impressed when we went to get our marriage license.  I was expecting a DMV type experience, but it was the complete opposite.  Not institutional looking & staffed by pleasant people! 

Post # 8
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing a ceremony beforehand as well, and I too am glad to hear some positive experiences.  We are having one of our friends perform the ceremony our family and friends will be at.  It’s mostly secular with a bit of religion mixed in…might have to add a bit more religious to satisfy some family members.  Part of our reason for the first ceremony is about insurance and benefits, another part is due to the fact the day quickly became about what others want.  I do feel a little bad about lying through omission to my parents though….

Post # 9
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My Honey and I did a civil ceremony about 3 months ago for immigration/health insurance benefits, but we have our ceremony next year with all our friends and family.

The civil ceremony was so wonderful. It was so intimate and I really felt like it was just for him and I. I still look at the pictures and smile 🙂

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