The cost of wedding site estimates that the typical wedding can cost up to $24,000. However, you can save money and still have a good time by having a courthouse wedding. Many couples have decided to get married in front of a judge at their local courthouse. There many advantages to getting married at your courthouse.
The biggest advantage of getting married at your courthouse is the money savings. Often the couple only has to pay for the marriage license which can be as little as $30. Brides can save money on the wedding dress by just buying a nice dress to wear, or wear something they already have in the closet. The money savings can be used for what is more important for the couple such as the reception or honeymoon.
Having a courthouse wedding means a limited about of guests. Most courthouse weddings are conducted in just a small room in the courthouse, and most weddings there involve just the couple and two witnesses. This can mean not offending anyone for not inviting them. If you find yourself trying to cut your guest list but not sure where then you can have a courthouse wedding. With a limited about of space, the wedding will feel more intimate and less formal.
Having a courthouse wedding means you can add your own style. Whether it is what you wear or deciding to carry a special bouquet these small choices will not stand out because not everything else ‘matches’. Deciding to get married at the courthouse is still an untraditional idea so the very act is unique.
Often times a courthouse will be surrounded by a local park or statues. Most towns take great pride in keeping the grounds clean. This means you can have some good pictures to take. Have a friend or family use their own camera to take pictures of the couple in some scenic pictures. Some of these will look great, just like traditional wedding photos.
Having a courthouse wedding is a lot less stressful then the ‘traditional’ route. Brides already know when, where, how etc. Picking out attire is made simple. The guest list is small. The cost is lower. All of these things add to less stress for the couple. This less stress gives the couple more of the chance to focus on each other and what it means to get married.
It takes a lot less time to get married at the courthouse. Most courthouses do weddings on a certain day of the week. Therefore, you could get married within a few days. Taking less time means spending more time enjoying each other without worrying about the details of a wedding. If there is a situation where you need to get married quickly (maybe a deployment) then a courthouse wedding is the best choice.
The most important part of a couple getting married is about the joining of two people in love. However, if the two people in love are from different backgrounds things can get hairy. Trying to include the different traditions of culture or religion can be hard. By choosing to get married at the courthouse there is no choosing which traditions to include and which to exclude.
Many towns, even small towns, have a courthouse within town limits. If your town does not have courthouse weddings then often you can find one within a few miles. There is no reason to look around, as you would for a church or any other wedding venue. The convenience of an easy to reach destination is a big advantage of getting married at the local courthouse.