Hate the idea of a grand wedding ceremony in front of 200+ people you barely know? Do you think that a more intimate setting is your preferred cup of tea, or are you simply hoping to save all that money you would otherwise spend on organizing a wedding bash for a honeymoon of the lifetime?
Whatever the case may be, getting married in a city hall is no cake walk, and it also requires some prudent planning, organisation, and just a spot of luck. Here are the five city hall essentials to have in mind for a wedding of a lifetime.
Check the requirements for a wedding licence
Okay, so you’re thinking that booking a ceremony is easy as pie, but that might not be the only thing you need to do to make your marriage legal. Depending on your city’s laws and regulations, you might be required to book a second appointment to obtain your marriage licence, and then proceed to the ceremony.
Of course, obtaining a marriage licence requires paperwork, IDs, and whatnot, so best not leave anything to chance, but rather make sure you read the fine print on the information’s page and book all of your appointments well in advance.
Hire a photographer and don’t forget your witness
From the moment you step onto the city hall steps, to the moment the party starts to wind down in the evening, you want to have a professional photographer documenting the joyous occasion. Wedding photographers are pretty much booked all year round, so make sure you contact your preferred candidate well in advance.
Additionally, the second most important person in your wedding will be the witness. This can be a close friend or a family member, or it can be a leprechaun you found at the end of a rainbow, it doesn’t matter, just make sure they are over 18, and that they have their ID with them.
Book your appointment in advance
Speaking of thinking ahead, booking a ceremony and the necessary appointments well in advance of the actual date is of the utmost importance. Not every city hall is like a Las Vegas wedding joint, you know, where you can just waltz in and ask whoever’s there to marry you. Nope, you need to call several months in advance, and book a date.
Don’t be surprised if you find out that the date you had in mind has already been set aside for 10 other couples, you’re not the only one getting married. On the other hand, your city hall might have a “wait your turn” policy, and if that’s the case, then you have no other option than to show up and wait until someone can accommodate you.
Choose the perfect celebratory venue
After the intimate city hall ceremony is done, and you have your marriage licence, you might be tempted to elope far away with your soulmate, or head straight towards the hotel room. However, you still want to make this day special and magical, and spend it with the people you love at a proper venue.
You want the venue to resonate with the theme of your wedding, so it’s important to consider all of the options. Try researching the various wedding venues in Sydney for inspiration, as the Aussies take their wedding ceremonies very seriously, so you’re bound to find a design you’ll love.
Usually, there are more than just six or seven people you want to share the best day of your life with, so be sure to pick a celebratory venue where you can take your extended guest party for a proper wedding feast.
Arrive ready and don’t panic
Finally, it’s important that you’re all dressed and packed to survive the entire day in one go, as there will be no opportunities to change your dress or run back home to pick up something you forgot. Usually, city hall ceremonies can begin as early as 9 a.m. and you will be going to the party venue afterwards, so make sure you have all of your essentials in the car, ready to rock at a moment’s notice.
It’s also important that you take a deep, long breath, and try not to panic. After all, this is the best day of your life, so whatever happens, happens. Enjoy yourself, take the time to prepare, and you will have no problem organizing a city hall wedding of a lifetime.
By Claire Hastings