Courthouse Wedding Experience

posted 1 year ago in Engagement
Post # 2
421 posts
Helper bee

I feel the same as you. We were about to book a venue right before the pandemic and it just doesn’t make sense. 

If I go the courthouse route, I have a dress and will make myself look great. I’d also bring a photographer, just to get some awesome pictures.

Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2022

At my brother’s  courthouse wedding, Everyone was dressed up not just the couple. So wear your dress as you would. Since Covid it’s definitely couples going all out for their special day. Usually courthouse locations are near nice scenery and people take their photos. Congratulations in order! Go for it ladies!

Post # 4
1503 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@blossoming87:  I know this isn’t your question, but have you checked to see what the process is in your county? Here in my county in GA they only did group courthouse weddings by a justice of the peace; you weren’t able to get married individually. I’m sure it’s not like that everywhere, but figured I’d mention it just in case! 😊

Post # 5
222 posts
Helper bee

Don’t treat it like a “courthouse wedding” it’s your special day! 😊 Get a dress you love, have your hair done, make up looking great! If you would’ve worn a veil or had a bouquet anyways don’t skip it just because you’re getting married at the courthouse now. Scope out some areas near by for your pictures and include your guests or witnesses if that applies! 

Courthouse weddings have seen it all – from a couple basically just walking in off the street and signing papers to full blow white ball gown dresses and tuxes. Don’t feel like you have to do it a certain way. 

Post # 6
21 posts

coffeeandpolish is right. Don’t think of it as a courthouse wedding. Make it your own. It’s YOUR big day regardless.

Post # 7
451 posts
Helper bee

We did a courthouse wedding. I didn’t wear a wedding dress to the court but I worse a nice white dress. To make it special I bought a wedding dress and a nice bouquet, had my hair and makeup done professionally and we had professional photos taken at a nice park

Post # 8
175 posts
Blushing bee

I had a tradtional big wedding and honestly wish I did courthouse instead.. it was a beautiful day but cant say the money or stress was worth it

This is YOUR special day doesnt matter what sort of wedding it is, its about you and your love! 

Wear the dress you want doesnt matter how fancy or simple! Book a nice photo location and enjoy a nice dinner together… you could book private dining so you have your own space!


Post # 9
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Totally not your question… but do you have to use a courthouse?

 Depending on where you are, you can hire an officiant online. It’ll just be the 3 of you (+ a witness or two) and that means you can have a beautiful, cheap, easy wedding wherever you are! (The middle of a park, on a bridge, in your living room, etc.)

My local courthouse is not very pretty and kinda has a jumbled assembly-line effect going. A friend asked a similar question in real life… so I reminded him he can take an officiant anywhere, so they could just have a super cheap wedding in the most beautiful/ meaningful local location if he wanted. They’ll do that instead.

Considering how tricky planning weddings is becoming, I think it would be great if you plan something you’ll be happy with if it becomes your “only” wedding.  Your local courthouse might be lovely- if that’s the case, ignore what I’ve posted and enjoy your day!

Post # 10
1919 posts
Buzzing bee

I bought a white dress, my mom had a bouquet and boutonniere made, and my Mother-In-Law got us a cake. We were able to have family with us in the courthouse, and afterwards we went out to eat together, where we smashed and ate cake. Oh, and someone had brought bird seed to throw when we walked out of the courthouse together. I loved our courthouse wedding. Here’s a quick collage of some of the things I mean.

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