Post # 1
So after a lot of drama and thoughtful consideration, we have decided to get married at the courthouse. I really don’t have any idea of where I should start with the planning since we only have a week. We decided on a week from now, because I have some time off of work coming up, and that would be a great opportunity to have a honeymoon. Do any of you ladies have any ideas for getting married at the courthouse?
Post # 3
make an appointment. You can’t just show up, so it’s a good idea to go schedule a time. Have someone join you to sign the paperwork enjoy. 🙂 We were dressed in our casual clothes but if you are going to wear something non other than what you have in your closet, go shopping. 🙂
Post # 4
Are you celebrating after the ceremony at all?
Since you dont really need anything, what are you looking to do?
Do you know what you are wearing?
Flowers are easy. You can walk in to any florist or grocery store of a bouqet. you can do it the day before and keep them in the fridge so they are fresh.
Post # 5
First thing first. Go get your marriage licesnse since you have to wait at least three days.
What if you wore like a summer white dress? I would go to the local grocery store and ask about bouquets too.
Post # 6
Make an appointment at the clerk’s office.
Run to Macy’s or Nordstrom and find a short white dress and some killer shoes. Get your guy a shirt and a tie.
Invite a friend to take pictures, or put an ad up on Craigslist for a photographer for next week. You could also look at photographers you may have been considering for a larger wedding, and I bet they would give you a great price for an hour or two of coverage on a weekday.
Plan to go out to eat at a restaurant for dinner or lunch afterward, invite your parents and siblings along if you want.
Mrs. Mary Jane did a courthouse wedding (with a lot longer than a week to plan), but her recap posts would give you an idea of what they did.
Post # 7
Missouri does not have a three day waiting period, you can use your license any time in the 30 days after you get it.
Post # 8
Make an appointment! I’m also in Missouri (Boone County) and they only do weddings at 1 p.m. on Fridays. And they only do three per week! We scheduled ours a month in advance just to be safe.
Once you have the appointment you must go get your license quickly so you can bring it to the courthouse in advance. Here they needed it five days in advance I believe.
Then go get an outfit! And rings! You’ll probably need some witnesses so make sure you have people available.
Are you going to celebrate after? Maybe make a reservation at a restaurant?
Post # 9
1. Get your marriage lisence!
2. Find out the courthouse rules etc. and make an appointment.
3. Plan what you and your Fiance are going to wear. (New clothes vs. what you already have.)
4. Plan to invite friends and family, or not.
5. Plan what you are going to do after the nuptials. Dinner? Amusement park? Golfing? Dancing? Carriage ride? Hotel? B&B? Reception or dinner with friends and family. Whatever! You don’t want to leave the courthouse asking “What do we do now?”
Post # 10
Wow! Thank you so much for the quick responses.
@lefeymw: We might go out to dinner just the two of us, but as of right now we are planning a to have a reception in the fall. I am thinking I might order a bouquet and a bout, but that is all the flowers we will have. I have my wedding dress, but I think it is too fancy. I would like to get a little white dress, if I can find something I like.
@gcwest:I read all of Mrs. Mary Jane’s recaps, but maybe I should revisit them to get some ideas.
Post # 11
@SuperKate: Thank you so much for letting me know that the courthouse might only do weddings at certain times. I will call tomorrow and check with them. I will also ask if they need the license in advance.
I am going to talk to my Fiance about what we should do after, but I am thinking dinner would be a good idea!