Post # 1
Hi everyone! This is my first post here, and I just wanted to get some input. My boyfriend and I have talked a lot about getting married, and we know that this is in the cards for us. Just waiting for the question to be popped 🙂 I told him that I didn’t want to have a big wedding for several reasons, and he is totally on board. We ideally just want to have a big cookout party with our family and friends to celebrate the occasion!
However, I’d love to hear what other people who did not have a big wedding did for your ceremony. We had talked about doing it in a courthouse, but then he named 15 people that he would want there (his parents, and lots of siblings and significant others!). So then we talked about getting a justice of the peace and doing it on a beach somewhere. He then asked if we had at least 30 people if that requires a permit of some sort.
Hoping to get some good ideas and input here! Also, did a small ceremony with a big party work well for anyone else?
Post # 2
We are getting married at this lake in a park in our city. We are both very community oriented and my fiance serves on the Parks committee. Our friend is the mayor and will officiate the ceremony. We are having immediate family only so ~14 people.
We’ll have a simple ceremony followed by photos (hire a photog for 2 hours for $300). After photos we’ve invted everyone to dinner at a nice restaurant.
Simple and low key! 49 days to go!
Post # 3
We are going on a cruise and having a ceremony on a beach. We wanted a few people there, legally we only need 2 people for grand cayman. We picked our moms, mine isnt going so I invited my best friend. We are planning an anniversary party/reception the next year so we can still celebrate with everyone we love but not have it a big wedding/show
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2019 - Beverly Hills, CA
We’re getting married at the courthouse with about 20 people in attendance, and then going to a restaurant afterwards. Anyone else in the neighborhood is free to come to the restaurant to celebrate but partner and I are making it clear that we’re only paying for the people who also went to the ceremony (family and closest friends). We will also have a photographer for the courthouse wedding and the restaurant party afterwards.
Post # 5
rachnoelle : Our courthouse has a rooftop area that overlooks the water and gives a great view of the city, so we got married there and had 14 guests attend. After the short ceremony we took them out to dinner and some additional people (our guests’ partners) met up as well.
I could have called it good after that, but my husband has a lot of family that he’s close with (I don’t) so we hosted a party at a nice bar the following night and had about 70 people attend.
I don’t know what the rules are regarding permits and getting married in public parks, but you could probably find that info online pretty easily if you google the specific park you’re thinking of.