4 Reasons Why Couples Should Embrace the Courthouse Wedding

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Whether a couple chooses to have a courthouse wedding as a budget-friendly alternative to a large wedding or is celebrating their new legal right to be wed, courthouse weddings are not second rate; rather they are intimate, beautiful celebrations of love.

Here are four reasons why you should consider having a courthouse wedding. 

1. You will be surrounded by the people who are most important to you.

You can choose to have a private ceremony or you can invite your closest friends and family members; either way you won’t be distracted by entertaining distant relatives or your mom’s church friends. 

2. It’s comfortable.

A courthouse wedding allows you to be yourself without the pressure of a performance. Since you’re not distracted by hundreds of party favors and a hard-to-swallow catering budget, you can focus fully on what matters to you. You can also showcase your style to the fullest — perhaps this means donning a large sunflower crown or buying that new septum piece that’s been sitting in your Etsy shopping cart for months.

3. You can capture some gorgeous photos.

Extended family and friends will likely request to see documentation of the day since they couldn’t attend in person. Find a professional photographer that specializes in unconventional wedding settings, or give an undergraduate art student the opportunity to build their portfolio and let them shoot the wedding. You’ll have plenty of time to take natural, unhurried photos of the love you share.

4. Despite having an intimate ceremony, you can still choose to throw a party later.

This party can happen at any time, and you won’t be paying wedding prices for all the usual suspects required at a reception. This way, you can have a low-key celebration with friends and family without the wedding politics.

We love courthouse weddings because they are intimate, less stressful, and don’t break the bank.

Carly Shaia


Carly Shaia is a senior at Longwood University, and she has worked in the bridal industry for three years.