9 Tips for Fabulous City Hall Weddings

Are you thinking about getting married at city hall? Here are some top tips for making it happen:

1. Start with the Marriage License: Take the plunge by checking out the marriage license requirements for the city hall where you’d like to get married. You’ll probably find that there will be a window of time in which you can get married after applying for a license, with a waiting period of a few days after you apply and a date when the license expires.

2. Make a Reservation: Some days and times, like Friday afternoons and the days before holidays, are especially popular for city hall weddings, and the clerk’s office can get crowded. You don’t want to get shut out on your chosen day. If you can, reserve a day and time for the ceremony.

3. Checklist: Check with the city clerk’s office well in advance of the ceremony to find out what you’ll need to bring on the day. At a minimum expect to need the marriage license, personal identification, and the ceremony fee.

4. Bring a Witness: Bring a witness to sign the marriage certificate. Make sure they bring personal identification and anything else the clerk requires.

5. Have Fun with Your Clothing Choices: Getting married at city hall gives you license to wear a wider range of styles than might be appropriate in a house of worship, so have fun thinking over your options. You can keep it ultra-traditional, of course, or something not at all associated with traditional wedding attire. Check out Marilyn Monroe’s chic traveling suit.

6. Add Special Touches: A bouquet of flowers and a boutonniere add that special wedding day feeling. Do flowers seem too formal? Treat yourself to a new tie or a chic little handbag to carry on the day.

7. Bring a Photographer: You’ll want photos of the day. Your friends and family will want to see photos of the day. If you’re not George Harrison and Patti Boyd being followed by a pack of paparazzi (sorry, no sound in the video above), you’ll need to arrange for your own photographer. Hire a professional or tap a friend with serious Instagram-worthy photo talent.

Simplicity Huppah Tiny8. Raise Your Huppah: Just because you’re getting married at city hall doesn’t mean you can’t get married under a huppah. Just choose a style that travels well, like this handheld Simplicity Huppah.

9. Celebrate: Even if you’re not planning a big traditional reception, make a plan to celebrate, whether it’s dinner at a favorite restaurant, a picnic in the park, or a weekend getaway. How about drinks and hors d’oeuvres with a small group of friends and family at your apartment? Check out How to Throw a Wedding with Very Little Space or Cash.

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