City Hall Wedding

Hello ladies,
So FI and I may have to get married a few mos before our actual wedding for military bureaucratic reasons. We were just going to go to city hall for paperwork but then we thought why not make this fun... My photography package came with a 1 hr engagement session so instead of an e-session we thought that they could come with us to city hall! I'm still trying to decide if we should do this if we have to get married before our wedding. I think if we do I would wear a beige or white or cream skirt suit or tea length dress and he would just wear civilian clothes like one of his three piece suits or something instead of his uniform... So - Yay or nay?!
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 3:42 am
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theDame
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sounds lovely Champagne-
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 4:44 am
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I think that is such a lovely idea that is original and unique!
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 4:49 am
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I say, go for it! Especially because I know exactly the situation - FI and I are doing it too, because my work permit expires before the wedding, so we are going to city hall much earlier. It's a great idea to get your photographer to come take pictures at the city hall ceremony. You can also have your makeup and hair trial before :)

But maybe instead of a beige or cream skirt suit, you can wear something that's different and original. Is there something you wanted to wear for the wedding, but couldn't (e.g. some traditional wedding outfit, or color, or accessory?). For example, I may wear a red suit because red is the traditional wedding color in Bulgaria (as it is in many other countries!).
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 5:30 am
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yay, why not.
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 7:19 am
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That sounds really romantic. I second the idea to do the makeup and hair trials before hand. How lovely!
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 8:03 am
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Go for it, Champ! I haven't really talked about it here, but we're getting married at City Hall. Unlike your reason or Smilkova's, we simply decided that the ceremony wasn't a priority for us and that we liked the idea of being married quietly in a public place, with just our parents as witnesses - and then having a fabulous party with our friends afterwards. So that's what we're doing! We're going to be married at City Hall in San Francisco, which is a gorgeous place, and our photographer will be there to record it all! I of course have a photo board of other weddings there:



I thought about wearing a suit, but after seeing a lot of photos of City Hall brides wearing wedding gowns, I thought, "Why the hell not?"=)
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 8:40 am
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Aching, I love your inspiration board! We are getting married in SF City Hall too! Again - you are giving me wonderful ideas!
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 9:08 am
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Go for it. I think it's great, but then again I am bias since me and my DH did the same thing. Only our "real" wedding is taking place 6 years later..lol
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 9:23 am
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champ - great idea. I can't wait too see pictures. Keep us posted.

Aching & smilkova - love SF city hall. I saw wedding highlights and it was held at SF city hall. Very pretty. You're pictures will turn out awesome!!!

Good luck to the 3 of u:-)
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 10:54 am
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thanks for the encouragement ladies, if we end up doing this I'll post the pics as Wedding Part One :)
Posted on February 24, 2008 at 10:32 am
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hey champagne! FI & i will also be having our civil ceremony a few months before our 'real' wedding. we thought of having it at SF City Hall, then we realized if we did it in San Mateo, they will broadcast it on the internet for free! :) so we're going to do it there, and this way - our family abroad can be a part of the day too. hehe. i want to be cheesy and have the FI wear his tuxedo tshirt and me in a white mini-dress, but i'm not sure our mothers will appreciate our humor. heh.
Posted on February 24, 2008 at 10:40 am
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I say if you have to do it, have fun with it! Do the pics, the suit, the dress, etc! Enjoy your day!
Posted on February 24, 2008 at 11:20 am
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I actually did the same thing. Our wedding was going to be in April this year but we found out that my mom had to go through chemo and radiation therapy. The doctors told us that she wasn't going to make it out to our wedding in California. Of course, I need my mom to be there. We decided to push our wedding a year later and in the meantime, we had small city hall wedding. It was a VERY romantic day for us and a very special day for our parents. I had a simple white dress and my MOH did my hair and make-up. We also had mini honeymoon for the weekend.

We're so happy that we did that and it was a lot of fun!
Posted on February 24, 2008 at 4:53 pm
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Hi Smilkova - Check out these amazing photos of SF City Hall! http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/sets/72157603708292945/
I was already super-excited about getting married there, but these photos took it up a notch!
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:06 am
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Aching, these are beautiful!!!! Thank you! I am so excited about the civil ceremony - now I am looking for an outfit to wear : ) : ) : )
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm
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I am excited about the outfit, like a smart Jackie O silk suit :)
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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Yes - exactly! And I am thinking of a strand of pearls : ) No other jewelry : )
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm
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Maybe a fabulous Ascot style hat too haha
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 12:59 pm
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Awesome idea and so fun! LOVE it! I wanted to get married at City Hall in SF too, but DH said let's do it in Hawaii...which was awesome as well!

Personally, I'd never turn down the oppotunity to marry him twice! :-)
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm
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Smilkova and Champ - I just saw this website today and it's perfect timing for this thread! http://www.stephaniejamescouture.com/ (I like Suit 3!)
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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