Is it okay to be married in court instead of church?
It is more popularly known as a civil marriage. But in all effects, rights received and duties imposed, they are inherently one and the same. The only differences between these two are the solemnizing officer and the setting of your wedding. If it’s a civil wedding, the solemnizing officer would be a judge, and you will be married before the court or in the judge’s chambers. In church, the solemnizing officer would be a priest or minister, and it would be in a church or in any other place that you may wish to get married in. However, as to its legal effects, there is no substantial distinction. You are just as married if you get married in court or in a church. If you want to have a grand wedding reception, you can still do it even if you get married in court. Perhaps the biggest advantage that couples can get if they get married before a court is the fact that the cost would be considerably less as opposed to getting married in church. Take note that you do not need to have hundreds of guests in your wedding to make it special. You need to be realistic about what you can and cannot afford. You do not want to start a marriage being heavily indebted because of the amount that you spent for your wedding and wedding reception. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to consider getting married before the court.