Planning for a wedding may not be as complicated as others may think. If you and your fiancé have decided to be more practical wedding then deciding to have a civil wedding is probably one of the best options. It’s very convenient and easy on the pocket. Below are some steps on how to plan for a civil or courthouse wedding:Choose the location of the wedding. In most cases, only the mayor, judge or a lawyer can officiate a wedding. The most common venue would be in a city hall but you also have the option to have the wedding at a garden or your house for a more intimate setting. You can also choose to hire a pastor to officiate at a wedding. They don’t usually charge you anything but a donation for the church would be very much appreciated.
Secure the necessary permits and documents before getting a marriage license. In some countries, the couple would be required to attend a pre-wedding seminar and take some tests before obtaining the permit. Once you have obtained the license make sure to plan the ceremony because it’s only valid for 30 days, in some countries it may take up to 60 days. Choose a wedding dress for the occasion. The groom may wear something like a coat and tie and the bride may choose a simple elegant white dress for the event. Even if it’s a simple ceremony it’s still a must to look good. Choose a best wedding hairdresser for the event. Even if the ceremony is not as grand as compared to a church, beach or garden wedding, the bride still deserves to look pretty on her special day.
Some friends can volunteer to be the official awesome bridal hair stylist for the occasion and take charge of the makeup as well. It would be nice if everybody who will be expected at the wedding is all made and dressed up as well. Write your wedding vows ahead of time. This is very important during the wedding ceremony. Your wedding vow should speak about the meaning of the marriage as well as to express your intent and promise to each other.
Choose your witness to sign on the marriage certificate. You need at least 2 witnesses for that. Then finalize your guest lists before sending out invitations.
Choose the best place where you could have your reception. An intimate or family restaurant can be considered if you have a bigger guest list. Or yet you can choose to have your reception at the same venue as your wedding by hiring a caterer instead.