(Closed) Torn between going to courthouse or having a big traditional wedding

posted 5 years ago in Family
Post # 2
3056 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

What you haven’t said is what you want… no one else matters but you and your fiancé.

Post # 3
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

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cameobride :  agreed.  Bottom line its about what you want. Dont’ do what someone else wants because then you will never be happy.

Post # 4
3085 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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gardener09 :  How about something in between? We’re having a wedding and reception with 30 people in our family friend’s backyard. The entire cost will be less than $3000 for everything. That could be a good compromise between you and your FI? xoxo

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee

^Ditto. We’re only spending about $3000. It doesn’t matter what others spent on their weddings. IMO, there’s no glory in spending a ton of money on a bigger wedding. If you have the money sitting around, great – but not a lot of people do. It’s not worth going into debt. Let the ILs turn their noses up! It’s not their place to spend your money on a one-day party.  

Either way, I’d really recommend against secrecy. Don’t lie to anyone. If you choose to have a private wedding or elopement, tell everyone and you forgo the whole big-wedding lah-dee-dah. 

Post # 6
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Sounds like I’m your heart and mind you’ve already made a choice. Don’t get caught up in what others want bee- it’s about you and your fiancé. Have the intimate courthouse wedding – get your dad to escort you so he’s not missing out. If your Inlaws want to throw money at you – let them pay for a reception and have a fancy upmarket BBQ . 

Post # 7
1189 posts
Bumble bee

I would rather put 15 K down on a home  or in savings or whatever…. not on a one day event, as beautiful as that may be. 

 I like the ‘something in the middle’ idea~ although I  totally agree with the other posters that you and your Fiance need to decide for yourselves what is really important to you. If it’s a big wedding, then sure. Plan and enjoy. If it’s something else, decide with certainty what that is, what it will look like and then TELL your family and his what that will be. If you say,  ‘ we are thinking about….blah blah blah’ then you will get others’ input and opinions BUT if you say we are doing X, then they’ll have to deal with it.

If there is some sentimentality about marrying at the courthouse bc your parents and grandparents  did that…. then do it! Of course invite your IL’s and have a small guest list. Follow it up with a nice dinner at a restaurant. One of my friends planned to do this….the restaurant they selected had a separate banquet room, they decorated it beautifully and had a lovely dinner with wine/ champage with a small wedding cake afterward. they still had a photographer and it they were every bit as married as anyone else. 🙂

Post # 8
82 posts
Worker bee

We went to a courthouse, but still plan on doing a bigger, traditional ceremony down the road. DH is in the military so it just made sense for us money wise, insurance wise, etc. We are very happy! Plus it was nice to have it be so personal!

Post # 9
693 posts
Busy bee

I was torn between the courthouse vs. A super small wedding. We went with the small wedding, and I kind of regret not just doing the courthouse. Even my tiny wedding is stressful.

It depends on how stressed you get, or how much you WANT to do!

Post # 10
3588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If his idea is to get married at the courthouse but still have a big ‘wedding’ later on then I don’t see how that saves you money! And I do think it can be quite sad for the parents when their children get married without even telling them. Why don’t you have a tiny little wedding with just immediate family? It will be much easier to organise and you can even and you can make it be really elegant (if that’s what you want) and still have it be cheap because you’re not paying for hundreds of meals.

Post # 11
10661 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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nonablu :  

 Agree entirely . Never a good idea to ‘hide’ a wedding . Eloping  is one thing, but a secret wedding is another . I assume OP,  you weren’t going to  not tell anybody that the big bash party was just that , not an actual marriage ceremony ?


Post # 12
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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gardener09 :  He threw out the idea that we get married at the courthouse this week and not tell anyone then later on have a big traditional wedding with family and friends.

I don’t see how your plan saves you money if it still involves a wedding? 

Post # 13
119 posts
Blushing bee

It sounds like the ‘informality’ of a courthouse might be what’s giving you second thoughts? …But it’s a financially sound option nontheless.

How about having a small-family wedding at an all-inclusive venue? Something that will have a lot of the traditional markers (flowers, settings, photographers, an aisle to walk down…) but come with a definate price, usually around 2k.

Getting married the courthouse and no tellling anyone is basically an elopement—which doesn’t sound like the best option considering family wishes. 

All the best to you 🙂 

Post # 14
36 posts

How about do both? My best friend did that with her fiance, he’s actually officially her husband, but their BIG wedding is in October of this year and only a few of us know she’s actually been married for almsot a year. Win/Win for everyone! You get your big beautiful day, and you have the legal things ironed out! 

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