(Closed) Courthouse wedding w/close friends & family, then wedding w/ reception later?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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futuremrs2020 :  You literally just described my original plan. We were going to invite 14 people to the Seattle courthouse with us then we would all drive up to a restaurant in Greenwood to meet the rest of our 40 or so guests. We ultimately decided to just do the whole thing at the restaurant because it was getting complicated coordinating travel arrangements and timing.

You don’t get an assigned time at the courthouse. You show up before 4 to get in line, doors open at 4:30 and then it’s first come first serve, which was another big reason we decided against it. It made it hard for us to pick a reception time because we didn’t know when we’d be done with our ceremony. If we got there first, we’d be done by 5, which would be great, but what if there were a lot of people waiting to get married that day? Just something to consider when inviting guests.

As for invitations, I was going to go through Basic Invite and do 7 or 8 fancy invitations with the reply card for my courthouse guests then do a more basic party invitation with my email address to RSVP for everyone else. I know a lot of people will say it’s rude to invite guests to one part and not the other, but it’s your day and they’re your friends and family. None of my reception guests cared that they weren’t originally invited to the ceremony, they were just excited to get to hang out with us afterwards. 

Congrats, bee! And enjoy this rare Seattle sunshine we’re having 🙂

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