You do not have to miss out on the romance and fun just because you have your wedding at a courthouse. All the small details are not important when you are with the right person. In any state there are steps you need to take before getting married before a judge, so you need to know what type of things that need to be done.
Obtaining the Marriage License
You will need to first together as a couple go to the courthouse with your birth certificate and photo ID in hand to get your Marriage license (check your county’s website for other items needed, such as a blood test) You both will then pay the fees needed and sign the papers. Depending on where you live, different states have different rules about how long you need to wait until the license can be used.
Flowers and clothes
It is important to feel like a princess on your special day, even if it is not in the budget. You can gather a small amount of flowers and tie them up with ribbon for your bouquet and buy yourself a nice top and skirt or dress for the special day. Anything to make yourself feel good.
Almost all states require two witnesses to watch the wedding. This can be any adult over eighteen years of age. As long as you don’t try to invite fifty people you can still have the more important people, such as both sets of parents or best friends.
Pictures are very important, as they are a good way to look back and remember this special occasion, You can ask a family member or friend to use a disposable camera or if you have a decent camera, ask them to take pictures of before, during and after the ceremony.
After the ceremony
This is the perfect time to gather your family and friends to go out and eat, or have a barbeque. Then you can catch up and celebrate the special occasion. Or you can take off with your loved one for a weekend in a nice bed and breakfast. If that is out of the budget, just stay home, and order in for the night.
Just because you cannot have a chapel wedding in a wedding gown, does not mean it cannot be special. Taking the day to pamper yourself, and having no stress will make it wonderful. Remember to allow for small glitches, it will still be a perfect day.