The Different Ways of Getting Married


Getting married is one of the biggest decisions that a person will ever make in their entire life.  A marriage will affect where you live, your finances, relationships with other people and being true to the one person that you are married to.

Today, there are many ways that a person can get married.  Do you really need to have a$30,000 wedding if you only earn $40,000 a year or less?  Maybe a small ceremony and a party afterwards would suit your needs a lot better. 

Let’s look at the many ways that you can get married.  Hopefully, you will find a solution that will work best for you and your budget. 

What is a Courthouse Wedding?

If you have the desire to get married and have little overhead financially to do it, then having a courthouse wedding is the perfect solution.  This type of wedding will save you both time and money.  Many people today call this a “city hall wedding”.  

When you are in the courthouse, they often ask you to provide a witness. This is often a friend, family member or someone from work that supports your marriage.  You can also invite other family members into the courthouse chapel for ceremony.  Courthouses will vary from state to state on how many people can attend the room that you will be getting married in. 

There are no specific rules as to how you should dress for your wedding day.  Some brides wear a wedding dress and the groom is in a black tuxedo. Other couples get married in jeans, shirts and shorts. 

In some states, the license fee for a marriage certificate is $25.00. After you take your vows in the courthouse, you can tell everyone to meet you at a local restaurant or have a house party.   A house party will often cost less than $300.00.  You don’t even need a DJ.  Simply blast the stereo in your home or take the party to your backyard. 

Before planning your courthouse wedding, make sure that you check with your state to see if you must come back in 24 hours. Some states make you pay the licensing fee and show your documents (driver’s license).  They then tell you to come back the next day. Its important that you tell your guests attending the ceremony to arrive on the right day. 

How to Get Married

Getting married can be different for every person.  By your home state, everyone gets married the same. You need to have a marriage certificate by your state to prove that you are married.  If you get married in a church, make sure that the priest/Rabbi/efficient has your marriage license in hand. Many couples often think that they are legally being married in church, when, you are not legally married unless its signed by the courthouse. When you get married in church, you are getting married by the church and therefore the church/synagogue/temple approves of your marriage. 

Before you get married, make sure that you understand all the risks involved.  If you get married without a prenuptial agreement, you could lose 50% or more of all that you own to someone that never worked a day for what you worked hard for if you get a divorce.

Create a budget that is your own reality.  See how much money you have in the bank and see if friends and family members will help you to pay for a wedding. Stick within your budget and don’t overspend. 

Will I Ever Get Married?

A question that many men and women ask themselves is, “Will I ever get married?”  Being single is tough because you often don’t know if the person that you are dating, or will date will actually want to spend their life with you. 

It’s important to have open conversations with the person that you are dating from the beginning. Ask them what their intentions are for marriage when you first meet. Don’t waste months or years hoping that this person will marry you. It’s possible that they don’t expect to ever get married because in the 21st century, living together is practical for many couples. Even living apart but being together has become popular.  Long gone are the days that society sees you as the odd ball if you are not married. 

You will get married if you have someone that sees a reason for getting married. Perhaps they want to marry for legal or religious reasons. Often, men and women that have high religious morals feel the need to get married because they feel that this is what God requires them to do.

If someone is not religious, they often don’t see the need to get married because the laws of marriage work against you. You can lose half of all that you own when you marry someone. If you have children, you could lose half of your income and must pay child support.  You can lose your house, car, jewelry and other material items.  The losses could be endless.  If you are not getting married for religious reasons, one must ask themselves, “Is it worth it to get married.  How will this work to my advantage.” 

When men and women got married in previous centuries, it was often for religious reasons. Mostly everyone belonged to some church, synagogue, temple or mosque. In today’s world, this is not the case. Many people feel that they want to set their own rules of living for life and do what comes naturally. Sometimes marriage is not in their future because they might have been married before.

Often, divorced men and women will frown upon getting married again. If they have lost a lot financially through a divorce, they may never want to marry again.  It’s important that you get to know how a person views marriage before you get to involved.  This is the most important question that you can ask while you are dating someone. 

Where to Get Married?

  • Churches
  • Synagogues
  • Wedding Halls
  • Mosques
  • Temples
  • On the Beach
  • In an English Castle
  • On the Rooftop of a NYC Building
  • In a Hotel
  • In City Hall
  • In Your Backyard
  • On a Boat

Getting Married on a Cruise

Getting married on a cruise can be exciting, memorable, cheaper and you can have a lot more guests than you bargained for.  Here are some cruise lines that allow you to get married on their boats:

  • MSC Cruise
  • Holland America Line
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • P&O Cruises
  • Cunard Line

Can You Get Married at 16?

Most states do allow you to get married at 16 with a parent’s consent.  Some require the signature of both parents. 

How to Get a Man to Marry You?

In order to get a man to marry you, it’s important that you offer him something that he can’t get unless he marries you. You must think, “What can I offer him that he can only get if he marries me?”  If you can’t think of anything, then that is the reason why he is not wanting to marry you. 

Write down in a journal everything that you can only get in a marriage.  Write down the benefits of being married and share this with him.  Why should he put his entire life savings and all that he owns on the line for you?  Why is marriage better than not being married in today’s 21st century world.

Where Did Prince Harry Get Married?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in Windsor chapel at St. Georges chapel.  The chapel is in the United Kingdom. 

Does He want to Marry Me?

When a man wants to marry you, he will just ask you to marry him.  You won’t have to force it or ask him many times when you are going to get married. If you find that you are asking your boyfriend/guy that you are dating if he wants to get married multiple times, this means that he is not interested in marriage yet.  A guy that wants to get married already has it in his heart to do so. 

How to Get Out of a Marriage

It’s not as easy to get out of a marriage as one would like.  For starters, in order to get a divorce, you need to have an attorney. Attorneys are costly and your case can be postponing many times.  What looked like only a $2,000 fee, may turn into a $20,000 one or more. 

You will also need to go to the church that you were married in to see if you can have your marriage annulled.  The reason for this is because if you ever want to get remarried again, the church may not allow you to marry another person. 

Many men and women are often shocked that the church/synagogue/temple that they attend will refuse to marry them if they believe you belong together with the person that they married you to.  Many churches will grant an annulment if your spouse committed adultery or were abusive in some sort of way. 

Where Did Kim and Kanye Get Married?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got married in Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. 

Where Did Scotty McCreery Get Married?

They got married in the North Carolina Mountains at a place called Twickenham House & Hall. 

Some People Regret Getting Married?

It is always shocking to see two people that once loved one another now regret being together. Statistics show us that at least 50% of all marriages end in divorce.  One may wonder why and how this could have happened.  After all, the couple is often together for months or years.  They decided to spend money on a wedding and put their financial future on the line.  Now they say, “I can’t stand the person that I am with anymore.  I want a divorce.” 

This often happens because the person that you marred is now different or because they never showed you who they really were. You will often find that you don’t really know someone until you live with them. 

Couples find out more about themselves when they get married. You might find that the man or woman that you are with has some messy household habits or that they like to yell a lot.  When you were dating, he/she was calmer and more reserved.  However, you only saw them a few hours a week when you were dating. Now that you are living with that person 24 hours a day, you see things that you may not like.

It’s important to spend as much time with the person that you are thinking about marrying. In this way, you can see what you are really getting yourself into.  Look for anything that may be hidden. 

How to Get Legally Married

In order to get legally married, a person must get married by their state. You can find out more information about how to obtain a marriage license by your state’s city hall. 

All My Friends Are Getting Married

Peer pressure can be tough when it seems that all your friends are getting married and you are not.  Many women often feel that in their mid-20’s, they should already have a marriage partner or at least on the way to getting married. Men often don’t feel the pressure to marry because culturally, men often marry later in life and ages vary.

It’s important to not rush into marriage because all your friends seem to be getting married.  Marriage doesn’t happen so easily for everyone.  Many marriages end in divorce because you didn’t really know who you were getting married to.

Is Getting Married at 18 Worth it in the 21st Century?

Getting married at 18 years old in the 21st century is going to be hard. The main reason is because of money.  Today, you need a lot of money to survive.  Young couples often underestimate how much money they are going to need in order to survive.

If you plan on having children right away, it will cost even more money.   Newlywed couples often find that they are headed for divorce because of money issues. Usually, the husband and wife stress out over bills and not coming together financially.

Young love is no different than old love. However, if you get married with an established career that pays well, you can eliminate the financial stresses of marriage. 

It is estimated that the best age to get married is between 28 and 30 because most people are well established into their careers and have already completed a college degree or trade school.

Is Your Best Friend Getting Married?

If your best friend is getting married, it can be scary.  Afterall, you want to make sure that the woman/man that they are marrying is a good fit.  Usually, you don’t know the person that your best friend is marrying. You often feel like you want to save them from pain.  Sometimes you know that the person that they are marrying is no good and yet your friend can’t see past it. 

The best thing for you to do is to be supportive of your friend’s decision.  If you try to fight your best friend, it will often turn out bad for you. Your best friend may stop talking to you because they may feel that you are trying to control and pressure them into doing what you want them to do.  Giving someone space and freedom often works beset.  Learn to keep your opinions to yourself and don’t say anything that can later come back to you negatively.

How to Get Over a Married Man You Love

Unfortunately, a woman will often meet a man that is married, and he tells them that he no longer loves his wife. He then says that he is not going to be together with her anymore and will divorce her.  You start getting involved with him because he tells you that he wants to be with you instead. 

However, over the next few months you realize that he is making no steps to divorce his wife and now you must make the decision to keep on moving forward with the relationship or break up. 

Unfortunately, breaking up is the best option for relationships like this.  In order to get over the man that you have been involved with, its important to put the blame on yourself.  You cannot heal unless you take responsibility for your own actions. 

You knew that adultery was wrong before getting involved to begin with.  He was not completely detached from someone. Even though he said that the relationship was going bad, there was a 50% chance that it could also get better again. Remember, he is still with her.

Consider this a lesson learned. Don’t get involved with someone that is married. If they are serious about getting a divorce, tell them that they must first break up with the person that they are with and then call you afterwards. If they are not willing to do that, don’t put your time or heart on the line.  You will most likely get hurt.

Can You Get Married at the Courthouse on a Saturday?

Most courthouses are closed on Saturdays.  However, you should check with your individual state. Most courthouses are open M – F from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Getting Married in a Catholic Church

Getting married in the Catholic church is an often desired wanting for couples wanting to get married. The thought of getting married in a church like Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is appealing and often a dream for many.  However, what are the steps in getting married in a Catholic Church?

For starters, you must be Catholic. Catholics consider marriage to be a sacred sacrament. When you get married, you are getting married for life. The Catholic church will not recognize any other marriage that was performed in another church.  In order to be married by the Catholic church, you must be married in a Catholic church. 

Also, you cannot ask the priest to meet you at the beach to perform your wedding ceremony.  You must have your church wedding performed in the church itself.  Yes, you are getting married in front of the alter. 

Before getting married, the priest will ask you to come in for an interview.  He will ask you many questions as to why you want to get married and will explain the Catholic churches view on getting married. The priest will often require you to take a marriage class before scheduling your wedding day.  This class can often take 2 months or more.

Before getting married, the priest will often require you to have been baptized, received your first holy communion and confirmation by the church. You will be asked or provide certificates.  If you don’t have this proof, the priest will often give you a speed course in getting these sacraments. Don’t worry, you won’t be required to attend Sunday school with the kids, but you will be required to take a course. 

Most Catholic churches will not allow you to remarry in their church if you have already been married before in a Catholic church. If you were married in a Protestant church, they will often allow you to remarry in a Catholic church.  They often don’t acknowledge your previous marriage because it was not done in the Catholic church.  If you wish to remarry in a Catholic church again, you must first have your first marriage annulled. Annulments are extremely difficult to get. 

Many Catholic churches have a dress code on what you need to wear for your wedding day.  Check with the priest to find out what types of wedding dresses are acceptable. In most Catholic churches, a candlelit ceremony is often held as well.

On a lighter note, most Catholic churches don’t allow you to have rice thrown at you as you are walking out of the church.  In previous generations, it was tradition to have rice thrown at the bride and groom when they walked out of the church.  Today, most churches don’t allow it.

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