(Closed) Married at City Hall: did you ever regret it???

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I did exactly what you described and wouldn’t change anything. We got married with DH’s parents as our witnesses (my family lives 1700 miles away so they couldn’t attend) and then we went out and had dinner together. It was very stress free, and an amazing day. It felt so intimate and special. We have a few friends getting married within the next year and EVERYONE has told us that they should’ve done what we did, and just go to city hall.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

im thinking of doing the same thing! getting married at city hall and just having a dinner in our backyard with close family. I am not a big social person and having a family thats divorced I would just rather avoid that mess. im sure you’ll love it! you can have a photographer come with you to city hall and they walk you through the paper work. and you can still wear whatever you would love to! also most city halls are pretty accomadating with people coming with you and many are beautiful. I highly doubt you’ll regret it πŸ™‚ 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We got married at City Hall! We are trying to save for a down payment on a house and we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a wedding, that was our main reason. No regrets, although we are only 6 months into marriage. πŸ™‚ Our immediate family traveled in and we invited a few close friends who live in town. We hired a photographer for the City Hall portion and went to dinner with everyone that night. I’d recommend getting a photographer for a couple of hours, since it is such a special time even if you’re having a low key celebration.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

DH and I got married at a small gazebo in our city in the morning with immediate family and then had a brunch after. I’ve been married before, huge wedding with all the niceties you could dream of. I much much much much prefer the smaller intimate ceremony and brunch. We did throw a casual reception that night with BBQ, music, smores, cornhole, football, beer and wine, and some cake. That was a ton of fun too and I loved people come in jeans and just hung out.Β 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

look into pop-up weddings

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I had a courthouse wedding and have zero regrets! We hired a photographer and took photos in a rose garden before heading to city hall. We just invited our immediate family and then went out to lunch afterwards. It was so stress free and the day was perfect. Two months later, my parents did throw us an “I Do BBQ.” It was super casual but it allowed other family and friends be able to celebrate our marriage with us. We were also able to afford an AMAZING honeymoon!

Post # 10
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Wannabee

Just following along because this is exactly what I want. A city call cermony with our parents/siblings & their significant others and an intimate dinner to follow. My mom has been pushing and pushing for me to have a typical ceremony/reception and keeps telling me I’ll regret a city hall wedding. So glad to hear you guys saying it was stress free, perfect, and with no regrets!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

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eileenelly :  We are getting married just the two of us in Nepal! I think since you are going on an amazing honeymoon, you won’t regret getting married at a courthouse, especially if a traditional wedding isn’t a priority for you.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

its been almost 7 years.. no regrets here πŸ™‚ 

i saw this earlier on pinterest and i think you’ll appreciate the sentiment behind it. and i think you have the same priorities:

 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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eileenelly :  We told them it was a wedding dinner. The restaurant was great, they let us do a tasting beforehand and put together a special menu for our guests to choose from. We also brought flowers to decorate the tables. It made it feel a little more reception-like which was nice!

Happy planning and enjoy your honeymoon, that sounds amazing!

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