Getting married doesn’t have to be a big, expensive to-do – in fact, there are plenty of cheap ways to get married! From intimate low budget to just the necessities, there are plenty of options available to the budget minded when planning a wedding.
Cheap Ways To Get Married
Just The Necessities
By far the cheapest way to get married is to simply go down to city hall or your county marriage license bureau and get a marriage license – which in turn allows you to be legally married and get your marriage certificate. Once you have your marriage license you are able to be married by a registered officiant or notary – who in turn must record your union and then submit it to the appropriate department and you’ll receive a marriage certificate recognizing your marriage after that.
This is by far the cheapest way to get married, and you could always throw a party at your house or go out for a nice dinner afterwards to celebrate if so inclined.
Total cost: $100+ (depending on how much your county charges for licenses & certificates, and how much your officiant costs)
Still Low Budget
Another option is similar to above, but you up the intimacy level by having a close family member or friend become ordained online and registered with the county (where necessary) – and have them perform your ceremony. This results in a memorable event for all involved and keeps costs extremely low. Take a look at websites like: American Marriage Ministries or Universal Life Church for free and/or inexpensive options for getting ordained.
Total cost: $150+ (still depends on how much your county charges for licenses & certificates, but the cost of becoming an officiant could add to it – still an extremely affordable option)
The Las Vegas Exception
If you’re in Vegas or looking to have a Vegas wedding – there are many options that won’t cost you much more than the trip out there. The Strip is dotted with small wedding chapels with everything from regular “I Do’s” to themed Elvis weddings and everything in between. You can even get married at a drive thru wedding chapel!
Total cost: $200+ (plenty of options in Las Vegas have out the door packages where they whisk you and your significant other away in a limo to get your license and bring you back for the ceremony)