Any ideas for a small courthouse wedding/reception?

May 16th, 2011

WEDDING: I was thinking that we could have a photographer take the pics for us. And I would have my friend be the witness and she could wear a nice dress(kind of like the maid of honor or bridesmaid)

RECEPTION: I was thinking maybe a dinner at a nice restaurant or a dinner in the park, it will be less than 30 ppl(maybe not even that many). Or maybe we could have a couple of ppl we are close to meet us at the restaurant after we leave the courthouse, and the next day have a small reception type thing at the park. Any ideas or suggestions? I know it won’t be the same experience as a more traditional wedding, but I still want it to be special so please help me out. Also if you like planning things and would like to offer ideas feel free to email me

5 Responses to “Any ideas for a small courthouse wedding/reception?”

  1. Mcburger says:

    Believe me I wish I had did this instead of my “small” wedding. We had ours on Valentine’s Day at a small church and then went to a hotel for the reception with less that 50 people, but cost $3000. Had I known how it would all turn out I would have done a court house wedding and got it over with. I suggest calling a few of your favorite restaurants and seeing if they could accommodate you, and check prices. And check with your court house on when they do weddings (in my county they only do them on Mondays). Our wedding was such a hassle with seating charts, and a crap load of plans, I wish it had been simple instead.

  2. rosie says:

    I would do it all in the same day. You need to remember when you get married in court it will take maybe the most 15 minutes.

    If you planning to have your reception at a park why not get married in the park also. Why get married in the court when you can have nice scenery in the back round.

    If you planning to do this any time soon you might want to wait til the spring because you can never tell with the weather. I guess it really depends on where you live.

    Yes make sure you have a maid of honor and a best man just to make it a little more traditional. And make sure you have a lovely dress on also.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  3. CC says:

    i think the people at the reception should be the same people at the wedding.
    If they are going to eat and celebrate with you, they should have also watched you exchange vows.

    We’re having a small wedding as well. 30 people. In a Rose Garden that is maintained by the community college…it’s free to get married there, the school doesn’t charge anything. We’re super excited about that.

    After the ceremony, we’re taking everyone out to lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    We’ll have a photographer, I’ll have a simple dress, he’ll be in a suit…we are having no bridesmaids, maid of honor, no groomsmen, best man..none of that. Only a flower girl and she will also be the ring bearer. We’re keeping things simple and sweet.

    I don’t like courthouse wedding. Probably because I don’t like indoor weddings. I think it’s nicer to just hire someone ordained and go out to a local park and get married. It’ll be super cheap and you can bring all 30 of your guests.

  4. Vendor Bar says:

    I think your ideas are good, but I have some suggestions/things for you to think about.

    1) Do your wedding and reception on the same day so your photographer can get pictures of both and you’re not paying to have them show up on two different days.

    2) Talking to your parks department is a good idea since it is a very inexpensive venue option. Check with your local government to see if any of the park rental spaces includes a building with a kitchen. The building will give you an option if the weather doesn’t cooperate. The kitchen will help keep costs low if you are bringing in a caterer since they won’t have to rent all of the ovens, pots, pans, etc.

    3) If the park doesn’t have a building with a kitchen, consider bringing in a caterer with a food truck. Yes their food can still be amazing and not just hot dogs and hamburgers! This way your food will still be hot.

    4) A restaurant is also a good idea. They also don’t cost nearly as much as a hotel. If you go with the restaurant, you may not have as much choice with food (a caterer will make exactly what you want), but a restaurant will allow you to work within their current menu. You should be able to choose three entrees for your guests to choose from.

    5) In either case, I would seat my guests at two long tables seating 15 guests each. The long tables will be elegant and all of your guests will still be able to talk to one another.

    6) You’ll know your guests better than I would. If you think they’ll dance, bring in a DJ. Otherwise, I would just rent a sound system and use an ipod to have your first dance and provide background music. If you go with the park, check power options. Actually do it for the restaurant as well. You don’t want to blow a fuse.

    What makes a great wedding is including details important to you and your fiance. As long as you do that, you’ll be fine.

    Hope this helps and congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  5. NinaPina says:

    I like the idea of having your reception at a restaurant later. To me it makes no sense renting a hall and doing elaborate decorations for such a small party. Best wishes!

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