(Closed) Married at courthouse and then having ceremony on wedding day?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Yes, the only reason a person needs “credentials” is for the marriage license. 

Another option though, if you want to get married at your wedding; whomever you ask to be your officiant (I asked my best friend) can become a non-denominational minister through a group like this. Then they can sign your marriage license.  

Another option would be for your chosen officiant to attend a class through the court house to become a “deputy” justice of the peace for 1 day to perform the ceremony. 

Post # 4
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s exactly what we did.  We are atheists and in our state, you have to have a licensed minister to officiate unless it is done at the courthouse.  We didn’t want to be married by a minister so we went to the courthouse (the jail, actually, because on July 4th when we got married the courthouse was closed so weddings were at the jail) and got married through a plate glass window by an officiant.  Then several hours later a good friend “married” us in front of our friends and family.  We wanted our official wedding date to match the date we were married in front of friends and family.  Worked out great, though it did add a few extra complications to our timeline.  Nothing that couldn’t be sorted out though.

Post # 6
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s what we did. We wanted to get married on our anniversary, but it was a weekday so we went to the courthouse. We still had the ceremony on our “wedding day” the following Saturday. We still hired an officiant for the “wedding day” though, we considered just having a friend “marry us” but we wanted it to be more structured.

Post # 7
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@namarie:  Ha. I love that you can say that you were married at a jail.

I, for one, absolutely LOVE courthouse weddings. LOVE. I just recall seeing a photo shoot done of a court house wedding and it was so simple and perfect. My hair dresser actually did a Friday evening courthouse wedding with just their parents and then went out to dinner and the following evening they had a party/reception. It was great and worked out perfect!

Post # 8
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We did that got married by the court the weekend before our wedding. It wasstill exciting when my wedding day. I guess cause I had the dress lol

Post # 9
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had to get married at the courthouse because of his visa, but we are having a ceremony (vow renewal) and reception for everyone on the exact day a year from it. We are still going to hire someone though, just our decision. 🙂 

Post # 10
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Yep! We were married by a clerk of the court the Monday before our wedding. My brother officiated our wedding ceremony. We call the first our marriage day and the second our wedding day, but only celebrate the wedding day. Just be careful because when you need to note your marriage day (such as when changing your name), you have to list your actual marriage day.

Just to add, it didn’t diminish our wedding day at all. We were just happily married for a few days prior to our wedding. My family and friends all knew, and he chose not to tell his.

Post # 11
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

we are talking about doing this so I can get off my parents tax information and get a grant for school this upcoming semester.

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