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It's Time To Normalize Courthouse Weddings

People have turned their noses up courthouse weddings for far too long.

The truth is, it's the perfect option for those who want a small, no-fuss wedding. They will save money, keep their guest list small, and can still throw a party afterward.

Here's why courthouse weddings need to become the next normalized thing in 2021.

First of all, let me start off by saying that anyone should be able to do whatever they want for their wedding.

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It's your day, not anyone else's, and if people have opinions they should definitely keep it to themselves.

Unfortunately, though, people tend to love shouting their opinions from the rooftops.

One huge opinion that makes the rounds when it comes to weddings: choosing to take a more "non-traditional" route.


Like cutting costs, or going to a courthouse to get married.

Listen, most people don't have the money (or even time) to plan a huge wedding. It happens!

The average wedding cost $28,000, according to The Knot.

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Factor in the emotional tax of planning a wedding and that number seems even higher.

This includes the stress of wanting everything to be perfect.

On the flip side, a courthouse wedding is much more cost-effective.

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You don't have to book a church or go all-out with your wedding attire (although, you can if you want to), and lots of people save money on reception costs by going to a restaurant after.

Plus, if you're more interested in a vacation, a courthouse wedding definitely leaves more money for the honeymoon.

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Personally, I'd rather have a crazy cool honeymoon than a huge wedding that I will never recover from financially.

But that's just me.

Many celebs have done it!

Everyone's favorite Hollywood couple, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, wed in a Beverly Hills courthouse in 2013.

They shared a ton of pictures of their day, and the courthouse didn't make it any less special.

"I don't fault anyone who wants a big day - especially girls, [but] we get more than enough attention in our everyday lives."

"I also wear more than enough party dresses," Bell told People.

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren Hailey and Justin Beiber also wed in an intimate courthouse ceremony.

We appreciate these celebs normalizing these decisions. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us!

So the next time you picture your big day, picture all the money you'll save for your future!

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And how gorgeous those courthouse wedding photos will look!

Most importantly, if someone tries to put you down for it, clap back at them right away. It's your day, so do what you want!

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