Post # 1
I just want to keep my wedding plans simple and churches are soo expensive these days, so my fiancee and I thought that we could get married at the Mayors court in Cleveland or the justice of the peace. I will have about 35 guests though – and I am not sure how everything would work. Can you schedule a ceremony? And can your guests come and sit? And any other details would be great! Thanks!
Post # 3
I think it varies from state to state, but I’m in the Midwest, too–and what we’re doing is showing up at 10 AM on our date (the time they have blocked for ceremonies) and just doing it. No planning, no scheduling. I think it’s generally standing-only because the ceremony is very short.
Also, check with the courthouse to make sure 35 is an okay number. If it’s in the judge’s chambers, that might be too many to fit into that room.
Post # 4
As I understand it, Cleveland JOP marriage ceremonies are by appointment only. It normally takes place in the judge’s chambers though, so I’d definitely call up and ask whether or not 35 guests can be accommodated (perhaps they’d use an empty courtroom).
Post # 5
i would call them, just in case.
Post # 6
Here is the link to the City of Cleveland website about marrying at the Justice Center: http://clevelandmunicipalcourt.org/main.asp?tabid=civiltabs.asp&tabno=1
35 people is a lot to get through the metal detectors and up the slooooooow elevators. You may want to consider finding an officiant who will do a ceremony elsewhere.