(Closed) Did you get married at the courthouse?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Did you have a traditional ceremony or get married at the courthouse?

    Traditional ceremony

    Courthouse

  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    We are in the process of discussing our wedding. If me and my Fiance didn’t spend so much time in courthouses because of our jobs, I would really consider it. I just feel it would be like going to work. But this weekend, I saw the wedding industry in action. Three weddings in three days at the same place. I even overhead the set up people talking about a bride and groom! It got me thinking about weddings as a business. So now, to have a marriage, I am back to something very very simple, but not sure what. P.S. Your vision sounds wonderful! 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2022 - Maui

    if we had a nice looking courthouse Iʻd be much more about it but ours is completely fugly and itʻs HAWAII! Youʻd think theyʻd do something about that and make some more money, ugh but nonetheless itʻs awful so weʻll be at a fancy restaurant near the water.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee

    I think your idea sounds perfect! We are eloping next year. One of our ideas is to get married at city hall first thing in the morning and then go up skiing for the day and have a friend marry us at the top of the hill. It will be just us two, our son, and the friend. If you’re not religious, I think a court house or city hall marriage is the way to go!

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee

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    bluesun100 :  Exactly why I chose a courthouse in another state!!! There are some gorgeous ones! We’re going to San Francisco City Hall!!

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    SF city hall is beautiful.  We did Napa Valley courthouse.  In nice weather you can do it in the rose garden outside a 1850’s courthouse.  I think it was about  $130 including the license. Perfect for us.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee

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    karen12 :  WHAT?!? sounds awesome-now I’ll have to check that one out too!!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper

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    gardener09 :  We are doing 2 weddings/ceremonies. First one will be with a judge. But instead of a courthouse, we will have a casual civil ceremony at a resort here in the US. Second one is by a Catholic priest in church at my SO’s country on a later date.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

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    mrsaime :  It was badly damaged in a 2014 earthquake and should be reopened next summer.  But it’s a beautiful building.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    We are having a traditional ceremony but at this point we are wishing we had just done it at the courthouse.  It’s so much money (we aren’t even paying for it but we feel guilty that our parents are), so much pressure, so much time, etc.  From the beginning we basically told our parents that we were fine with just going to the courthouse but they insisted on have a big, traditional wedding so here we are :/  I’m sure it will be fun but I think a courthouse wedding would have been much less stressful and we’d be just as married.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We wanted a traditional ceremony, but couldn’t work out the religious paperwork in time, so we had to have a civil wedding. We didn’t have a courthouse wedding, but the justice of the peace came to us at our venue. We wrote the vows to mirror exactly what a religious officiant would have said. No one even realized he was a judge. It was great. 

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