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How does a court wedding play out?

Asked by whitetigress (3129points) November 14th, 2011

What are the details that go on during a court wedding? Who is present? What happens exactly?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Do you mean a civil ceremony kind of wedding? I had that both times I was married. It depends on whether you’re having your wedding at some random venue and the officiant is able to legally note your license or whether you’re at City Hall. My second wedding was legalized (as I had the actual wedding sometime before) in City Hall. My husband’s parents were there as were a couple of friends of mine. We got our license and then were able to stand before a judge in a small room with our party present and declare our I do’s.

whitetigress's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir yeah a civil ceremony is what I meant :) I’m doing the city hall type.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@whitetigress It is what you make it. It’s quick and easy and you can me it as formal or informal as you want. You can’t invite like 50 people but that’s a good thing, in my opinion.

bkcunningham's avatar

My husband and I got our marriage license and made arrangements to get married by a Justice of the Peace. We met him at his home and he married us in his living room. We were married in December and the house was very nicely decorated for Christmas and there was a fire going in his living room. Just the three of us, but it was very nice.

As a funny sidebar, we left immediately to attend his company’s annual Christmas party. There were about 300 people attending. Open bar, four star hotel accommodations, wonderful friends and food. We told everyone they were attending our wedding reception courtesy of the company.

bkcunningham's avatar

Oh, congratulations, @whitetigress. Bring flowers if you like, where what you want, say something personal if you’d like and invite who you want. I’m excited for you. Let us know how it goes. Best wishes.

filmfann's avatar

I was best man at a civil ceremony, and it wasn’t much more than just signing papers.
Not romantic at all. That was in Oakland in 1976 or so.

bkcunningham's avatar

I just read my own response. I hope you knew that I meant, “wear what you want.”

Good gawd @filmfann, how old are you? You look so young.

YARNLADY's avatar

My first marriage was a court wedding, and all we did was get the paperwork, sign it and turn it in. The court clerk signed as witness. She gave us a vase of flowers that were sitting on her desk.

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