(Closed) Just an idea, wedding at courthouse and trip after with friends!?!?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think that sounds like a great idea! My partner and I are signing the papers here with just my folks and his folks at the registry and then just the two of us a jetting to Paris to have the ceremony and straight on to a honeymoon holiday.Originally we wanted to have friends and family with us like you described but it was too hard to get everyone together in the end so we opted for this choice after a series of complications/events. Congrats! I think you’ve stumbled on to a winner of a plan 😀

Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think if that sounds like the perfect wedding for you then go for it!!!

Post # 5
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012




This couple rented a house near Yosemite for just their families, had the cermeony, went to dinner, then returned to the home for dessert and a fire.

“get married at a courthouse with our families, then take off immediately”

If you do a courthouse wedding first, remember you do need to host your guests (who ever came to see you get married) whether it be a brunch at a local restaurant or dinner or a cake/punch reception.  So techincally don’t “take off immediately” – well maybe after brunch first!


Also would your friends be OK with sharing your honeymoon house with you?  I rented 6 individual cabins for our (former) wedding weekend for guests to use and no one slected one of the cabins NEXT us!  Why?  They thought we’d be making too much noise on our wedding night and didn’t want to impede.  So just a thought – people might feel odd being in the same house on your honeymoon.

Post # 6
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If thats truely what you want, then I’d say go for it. Think hard about it first though.

My Fiance suggested inviting others on the honeymoon and I said absolutely not. He said his brother would love to hang out with us and he’s sure my brothers would love to come too. This is not my idea of a honeymoon. I want my honeymoon to be private and romantic and spontaneaous. It wouldn’t be if others, especially my brothers, were there.

Post # 7
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

it sounds awesome! im having a courthouse wedding and then dinner with fam n friends!

Post # 8
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

That sounds awesome!

While I don’t think that you technically “need” to host your guests for anything, I think it might be nice to do something with your family either right before or right after the courthouse ceremony. You could do dessert at your house or a relatives house (you could even do potluck dessert which would make it super easy), going out to dinner at a restaurant, BBQ at a park, going out to a local watering hole for drinks, bowling, etc. Doesn’t really matter what, just something to allow you to bask in the moment and celebrate with your family, whom I’m assuming you like given that they’re invited to the wedding.

The logistics of getting friends together for the vacation could be difficult. Maybe get a commitment from the most important ones and rent the house based on that, then let everyone else know where you’ll be and they could get houses or hotel rooms close by if they can come. That way you’re not stressing over organizing a big group of friends. Then everyone could meet at the big house for food/wine/hanging out.

I think it sounds like an awesome idea if you can get it organized. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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