She said yes, and you want to know how to get married at City Hall. Getting married at City Hall can be a great alternative to an expensive, stressful, and time-consuming traditional wedding. Depending on where you live, the requirements for getting married at City Hall may be a little different, so the best thing to do is call your local City Hall and double check on times, dates, and other requirements before making all your plans. These instructions will help you know what to expect and what you might need to ask.
- Get the facts. The first thing to do, even before setting the date, is to call your local City Hall and ask questions. You will want to know how long it takes to get scheduled to be married, what the fees are, how many guests you can have, and what documentation you need to bring with you. Ask anything else you can think of at this time that might relate to your plans, including whether or not they allow throwing rice.
- Get licensed. Your state may require a blood test for both of you before you can get a marriage license, so be sure you understand what you need to do for your location. This will cost extra money as well, so include it in your budget. Most independent labs will do this for a set fee, so just call a few. Once you have your blood test results, you can apply for the marriage license in the city and state you plan to be married in. You may also need documentation of any previous divorce decree or death record, and it may take time to get these documents. Plan ahead.
- Get in the ring. You'll need some wedding rings to exchange during the ceremony, but it doesn't matter what kind of rings they are. Choose some rings that are right for you as a couple. Pretty much anything goes.
- Get scheduled. Once you have all these items, you can call City Hall to schedule your wedding. Depending on your location, they could get you in within days. Other locations may be more popular. If you have a particular date, they can make sure to hold that date for you in the future.
- Get to City Hall. On the big day, bring all these items with you, including anything specific that your local City Hall has specified. You will need the rings, the marriage license, money to pay any fees for the service, and your photo identification. You may also need to bring a witness to sign the marriage documents. Show up in a special outfit with a bouquet and your loved ones, and this will be a special day for you without all the cost hassle of a traditional wedding. Congratulations!