(Closed) For those of you who had a courthouse wedding

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Post # 16
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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Hi, I’m actually having a courthouse wedding in June! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for summer weddings!ย 

1. I am wearing a short wedding dress, pink pumps, ย and a pink bouquet (fake flowers)

2. My future husband is wearing a navy suit with a navy and pink tie. All of our guests are also wearing navy or pink!

3. We defiintely plan on exchanging rings.

4. Our guests include: My mom, dad, brother, and cousin, His mom, sister, and grandmother.

5. We plan on having a photography session in a Rose Garden prior to the ceremony, then we will meet up with our family at the courthouse, have the ceremony, and take fun family photos with everyone. I found a photographer who works for $150 per hour and takes great photos!

6. Yes, we are going out to eat right after we take pictures. My parents are throwing us an “I do BBQ” celebration in the beginning of August to celebrate with the rest of our family and friends. It will be a very laid back affair with catered food (bbq, chicken, potato salad, etc.), music, and cake. It will take place at a park shelter on a lake.ย 

7. We planned on having a low-key wedding at first but I actually liked the idea of an intimate affair and I think courthouse weddings are romantic. It also saved us a ton of money and now we can afford to go on a great honeymoon!

7. I really don’t think I’ll have any regrets. My advice however, is to make sure you get some great pictures and make the day special for you and your future hubby.ย 

Post # 19
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589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

1. Did you wear a traditional wedding dress? If not, what did you wear (pictures will help)?

Yes I did wear a long, white, lace sleeved dress. It was actually my moms wedding dress. 

2. What did your husband or partner wear?      

My husband wore a suit. 

3. Did you exchange rings at your wedding?    

Yes. 

4. Who else attended your wedding besides the two of you?

Our parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, a few cousins and a few close family friends. We had about 40 people there. 

5. What special touches did you include in your ceremony, if any? (i.e. own vows, bridal flowers, photographer, etc.)

We had flowers and a photographer. The officiant had a few ceremonies we could choose from so we picked one that emphasized joining together to create our own family since I was about 5 months pregnant at our wedding so it felt important to include that as part of our day. 

6. Did you go out to eat afterwards, or have a bigger celebration later down the road?

We had a reception at our favourite resturaunt, in one of the private event rooms. We served family style dinner with a few meat and side options everyone could share and we had an open bar. 

6. What made you decide to have a courthouse wedding?

We originally were getting married at a golf course in May of 2016 (got engaged in August 2014) however after we bought our house in April of 2015 we found out we were expecting and we felt it was easier to get married while I was still pregnant rather than trying to plan and organize a wedding while dealing with the stress of a newborn. We also didn’t want to spend a large porition of our savings when we had a baby on the way (we had budgeted about $15,000 for our original wedding and ended up spending around $5,000 for our courthouse wedding and reception). 

7. Any regrets?

None. I loved our wedding, it was exactly what I wanted (small, intimate, personal) and Darling Husband often says he couldn’t have imagined a better wedding. Also, now that it’s May 2016 and I have a 3 month old baby I could not imagine having to plan a wedding on top of everything else. It was absolutely the right decision for us ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 20
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517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

1. Did you wear a traditional wedding dress? If not, what did you wear (pictures will help)? I wore a white summer dress  

2. What did your husband or partner wear? He wore a blue long sleeved button shirt 

3. Did you exchange rings at your wedding? Yes. 

4. Who else attended your wedding besides the two of you? We invited our moms. They were the only ones in attendance.

5. What special touches did you include in your ceremony, if any? (i.e. own vows, bridal flowers, photographer, etc.) we did not plan anything, but my mom bought me a bouquet.

6. Did you go out to eat afterwards, or have a bigger celebration later down the road? We went out to eat with our mothers.

6. What made you decide to have a courthouse wedding? We didn’t want to have a big wedding. It’s not really our style at all. We wanted something simple. 

7. Any regrets? Nope. ๐Ÿ™‚



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Post # 21
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47 posts
Newbee

submart:  me too and your welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Post # 22
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2018

 

submart :  

 

I did and I hated it frown. I was super intimate my father was our witness. We are planning a traditional wedding, our family would finally be there by our side. It will be intimate but this one at least I’d get the chance to share this important moment with my loved ones , I can’t waitlaughing.

 

Post # 23
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

1. Did you wear a traditional wedding dress?  No.  Jeans, sleeveless top and flip flops. My hair was dirty… I was not expecting to get married

2. What did your husband or partner wear?  Jeans and T-shirt.

3. Did you exchange rings at your wedding? Nope

4. Who else attended your wedding besides the two of you? Just us. Only his mom knew before hand

5. What special touches did you include in your ceremony, if any? (i.e. own vows, bridal flowers, photographer, etc.) No special touches but the judge did sentence us to life together ( criminal judge)

6. Did you go out to eat afterwards, or have a bigger celebration later down the road? No.. went home to face our families and tell them our news. 

6. What made you decide to have a courthouse wedding? Spur of the moment decision. Literally a whim.

7. Any regrets? Yes. Families were very hurt. Still haven’t lived it down. 

 

Post # 24
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

1 and 2. I wore a simple tea-length wedding dress and my husband wore a kilt (he’s Scottish and we live in Scotland, so that’s the norm for guys)

3. Yep, we exchanged rings

4. Our two close friends were there as our witnesses

5. I had a bouquet and we hired a photographer. The photographer was the best decision we made  just because it’s a courthouse wedding doesn’t mean you won’t want to look back at photos in 10 years time.

6. We went for dinner with 4 friends (including the witnesses) and then we had a night out with friends and family a couple of weeks later

Other 6. We wanted to get married with no fuss. We don’t like being the centre of attention and we didn’t want to spend thousands on a wedding.

7. Absolutely no regrets. It was perfect.

Post # 25
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Haven’t done it yet, but we are in January. 

1. Won’t wear a traditional dress to the courthouse, I have a shorter way more casual dress. 

2.  He is wearing a suit and tie 

3. Yes we will exchange rings 

4. it’ll only be my 17 year old daughter and her best friend 

5. Nothing at the ceremony, but we will be doing photos on the beach later in the day and then I will be wearing a traditional wedding dress. 

6. I’m sure we will go eat, we’re flying out of state, we will definitely not have a celebration with family/friends when we get home 

6. biggest reason – the idea of a traditional wedding with all those people makes us both want to barf. Originally considered courthouse where we live but issues with his family made us decide to fly away instead and not tell anyone. And reason we’re dojng courthouse instead of right on the beach is just for the ease of filing the license afterwards. We can just go, get the license, get married, and turn it back in all at once, no appointments needed or anything. 

7. I am 1000% sure there will be no regrets! I’ve never wanted a traditional wedding even when I was a teenager. 

Post # 26
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806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

We got married in a hotel lobby that the Justice of the Peace had permission to use. Courthouse weddings aren’t a thing in my state. It was winter and we were mostly in our cold weather gear. I had a purple nicer coat on and my husband had a blazer and khakis. We did exchange rings. We were the only ones there aside from the Justice of the Peace who married us. No special touches. She took a few pictures of us afterwards and asked some questions to get to know us before. We went out to brunch with two friends. No bigger celebration. We don’t like gatherings of people or being the center of attention. Spending the money to be unhappy seemed silly. Zero regrets.

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