A couple at city hall

Wanna Get Married Quickly? Read These Tips Before You Hit City Hall!

Your invitations, your way.
As more and more states strike down bans on gay marriage, couples are flocking to their local County Clerk's offices to get their marriage licenses as soon as the official ruling takes effect. If you're a couple planning to get married ASAP, here are six things you can do to prepare.

Call your local County Clerk's office.

Call ahead to ensure you don't need an appointment (most will be crowded) and to prepare all necessary documents in advance. (Check out this website to find a County Clerk's Office near you.)

Get cash.

Some of the County Clerk's offices only take cash, so pad your pockets. You don't want to let a payment issue stop you from marrying the love of your life, right? The cost of a marriage license is typically around $30. 

Pick your attire.

Come dressed in your wedding best! The good news  -- city hall weddings are "in" and that means white dresses and suits are in full stock at your local mall or department store. If you plan on wearing something you already have, consider purchasing a special necklace, belt, or pair of shoes to commemorate the day! 
Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash
Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

Grab a bouquet

Don't let the small, intimate ceremony stop you from carrying your favorite blooms! Call your local grocery store (Whole Foods is our top pick, no pun intended) to see if they can put together a last-minute bouquet or boutonniere for you. If they can't make one for you in time, purchase a pre-made arrangement and tie it up with ribbon for a special touch. 

Charge your camera (or phone).

Don't forget to snap some pictures during the ceremony to commemorate the day. Make sure all cameras and phones are fully charged and ready to capture the moments of your wedding day. 

Spread the good news!

Be sure to tell supportive family and friends of your plans. If you are hoping to have some of them attend, give them as much notice as possible. When you call your County Clerk's office, ask what the average wait time will be tomorrow so friends and family can plan their schedules accordingly. And consider sending wedding announcements to those who can't make it! And if you are getting married, we want to see your pictures! Share your wedding kiss with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and include @loverly and #loverlySWAK.