Post # 1
So we are still bouncing around ideas on where/how to have our wedding….recently after months of looking at venues, stressing about this and that…the idea of a retro feeling courthouse wedding has become rather appealing.
Anyone know of any courthouses in or around the DFW area with beautiful old architecture that do wedding ceremonies? If we did it this way I’d love to drag my photographer along with us and get some vintage looking photos. I think the Denton county courthouse is pretty amazing looking from the outside, but can’t find any pics of the inside….
also, any opinions on the courthouse wedding? I don’t want it to be a cold and impersonal experience which is the only thing that scares me.
Post # 3
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 # 4
@MsPoodles: Thank you for your reply! If I can ask…do you have any regrets about going the courthouse route? Do you wish you’d gone more traditional?
Post # 5
check out the old red musem building..it used to be a legit courthouse and now its a museum….it is right across from the JFK stuff…great building!
Post # 6
@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 # 7
@ Karenlinebarger: I’ve seen The Old Red Before. Undoubtedly a beautiful building. But it seems to me that they cater to a more “traditional” bride, wanting to spend a good amount of money and have a big production. I wish it wasn’t so, because I do love the location.
@MsPoodles: I like you was never the little girl who dreamed of the big wedding day. In fact, I never even considered it. This will be a second marriage for me….the first time around I was very young, and felt pressured into it. So it was a less than happy occasion for me. (but I digress) This time around, I am ecstatic to get married to this wonderful human being sitting next to me. Yet still….the thought of planning a big wedding with a giant puffy meringue like dress and monogramed napkins makes me shudder. I pictured us getting married bohemian style under a giant tree in the middle of nowhere just the two of us and our kids…..but after much issue, that just might not be happening. The courthouse wedding seems to possibly aleviate some of those issues (ie: who’s invited who’s not…what music should we play, or not, what sort of language in our ceremony…etc etc…) yet, as disconnected as I am from the big to do, I still want it to feel like a wedding, and I still want to feel like a bride.
So much rambling….sorry! 🙂
Post # 8
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 # 9
There is seriously a website for everything these days. I found this site and you can search by archetectural style.
Based on exteriors, I think the courhouses in Denton, Wise, and Ellis counties are really pretty.
A courthouse wedding sounds gorgeous, please share the pics afterward!
Post # 10
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.