When You Can't Afford a Traditional Wedding with a Professional Wedding Photographer, How About Getting Married at the Courthouse or City Hall!?!
First thing is first.. Relax! Find comfort in knowing that you are not the only bride/groom that is overwhelmed by the expense of a traditional wedding. There are thousands of bride and grooms who can't afford to go the traditional route. Some even choose not hire a professional wedding photographer, asking "Uncle Bob" or "Auntie Em" with the good camera to snap a few (which saves you $2500++ that can be spent elsewhere).
Courthouse / City Hall Weddings tend to be more intimate.
Don't like the idea of 150+ pairs of eyes staring at you when you walk down the aisle, say your vows, or have your first dance as husband and wife? We don't blame you! Smaller weddings tend to be more about the "moment," and less about the "show" of a traditional wedding. Focus on the important matters of the day, and not on whether or not your guests are having a good time, or whether or not the bar tab has been exceeded, etc.
Courthouse / City Hall Weddings are undoubtedly less stressful.
Less stress = more focus on the important fact of the day: You are getting married!! Keep your focus on this, and don't worry about seating arrangements, menu fonts, wedding favors, table cards etc. This is YOUR day... so keep it that way!
Short Engagements: Why Wait another Year to Get Married?
You have already spent a lifetime waiting to find that special someone to share the rest of your life with, so why wait any longer? Don't be at the mercy of venue availability that has to be booked months, if not years, in advance. If you are positive that this is the one for the rest of your life, you shouldn’t have to wait another day. Courthouse and City Hall weddings may just be the perfect option for you and yours.
Time restraints: What are those?
Fact: Traditional weddings tend to have traditional wedding coordinators that may want you to stick to a tight schedule on your wedding day. You will have an outline of how long your wedding ceremony will be, how much time you will have for pictures, dinner, dancing, etc. What fun is that? With a courthouse / city hall wedding, you are not bound by a schedule. You're in, you’re out, and then you’re free to do what you want. Easy!
Keep the Focus on What is important.
Years from now, as you reflect back on the details of your wedding day, is it really going to matter that your personalized table cards matched the place settings? Or that the fancy flowers you spent $100s of dollars on, matched the color of the wall of your reception room? No, (or at least it shouldn't). What you SHOULD be remembering, is the moment you saw your bride/groom for the first time as you came down the aisle. You SHOULD be remembering the feeling of his/her hand in yours as you repeated your vows, and leaned in for your first kiss.
Remember, by limiting the amount of money you have spent on your venue and wedding ceremony, you may now be able to afford a professional wedding photographer. If you prefer to save that money too, no problem. A good wedding photo editing service may able to help you transform those ordinary amateur photos, into professional-like, album ready wedding images.