(Closed) Civil marriage two days before wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband and I got married by a judge. We’re having our real wedding next year with a registry and all of that. (We’ve got nothing! LOL) Go for it. Do what makes you both happiest.

Post # 4
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Nobody needs to know, if you consider the exchange of vows and the public ceremony your ‘real’ ceremony, the other stuff is just a formality.  I’ve done the courthouse wedding thing before and it’s not a big deal.  To make it even less of a big deal, just have a magistrate do it, don’t even bother with the courtroom or anything like that.  I say go for it.

Post # 5
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

it happens a lot. I work in marriage licensing and I see it all the time. Just make sure you make an appointment with th judge. In Columbus, Ohio, the court is usually booked for two months!

Post # 7
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i’m doing this!  my “wedding state” wants blood tests and it’s fuzzy as to whether they’ll let our friend marry us.  our “home state” wants $40 at the courthouse.  DONE.

we’re telling our parents and the bridal party.  i don’t care if others find out, but i’m certainly not announcing it to anyone.  we’re planning on considering “wedding day” our anniversary date and as far as i’m concerned, that is our wedding.  we’re just signing some papers a little early.

Post # 8
3142 posts
Sugar bee

I’m getting married at the courthouse before my Mexican Destination Wedding.  The red tape around getting married legally in Mexico is kind of crappy (blood test, minimum days spent in country prior to wedding, etc) plus you have all sorts of hoops to jump through to get your licence made legal in Ontario. And you have all sorts of extra costs involved.

Also, I am getting married in Ontario, and then legally changing my name right after, before moving to Quebec so I can take my FH last name. (in Quebec you are not allowed to take your hubs last name), so a courthouse wedding helps with this process too.

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