(Closed) Pretty courthouses in or around the Dallas area?

posted 6 years ago in Dallas
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had a courthouse wedding, but we’re in AL so I can’t really give you any suggestions on where to have it. I just wanted to say that I think it’s great that you’re thinking ahead about choosing a pretty courthouse. We didn’t think about this, and managed to pick quite possibly the ugliest courthouse in our area. We took pictures later (because it was June in AL, which is miserably hot and I didn’t want to look sweaty and disheveled in them), so we still got good shots. We didn’t really use the courthouse as a backdrop (because it was ugly we stuck with the surrounding downtown area), and I really wish we had chosen one that would have been good for pictures. Good luck in your search!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Crazyhair:  Not at all. We aren’t terribly traditional, and we don’t do things simply because we’re expected to. If we hadn’t done a courthouse ceremony, the only alternative I would have been interested in would have been eloping.

I wasn’t the little girl who dreamed of my wedding day, and it just wasn’t that important to me. Considering that, there is no way I could justify spending all that money on one day. I would like the opportunity to go somewhere lovely, wear a dramatic dress, take pictures in front of a dynamic backdrop, etc., so we may do an elopement style vow renewal one day. I still wouldn’t have any interest in a traditional ceremony (I have no desire to pay for 100 guests’ dinner or any of the other traditional aspects).

Even though I would like to do an elopement style vow renewal one day, I don’t regret not doing it for our wedding. We couldn’t have afforded to go on a huge, grand trip to somewhere fabulous, and I wouldn’t have wanted to settle. I’m perfectly happy waiting until we can “do it up” like I want.

I think the fact that you’re considering a courthouse ceremony means you most likely won’t regret it. In my experience, the type people who desperately want a traditional wedding and would regret anything else would never even consider a courthouse ceremony. Besides, if you do feel like you missed out later on, you can always do a vow renewal however you want (as an elopement, traditional ceremony, etc.). 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2014

The Tarrant County Courthouse downtown Ft Worth is a great place if you’re looking for historic buildings. The inside is beautiful. I have a few photos saved, somewhere around here lol, I can upload if youd like to see the inside.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The McKinney Performing Arts Center is an old courthouse that they now use for many other things (including weddings).  It’s on the square in downtown McKinney and the area is beautiful! Here is a link to their website.

 

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