Going to the Courthouse

A couple days ago, we made a spontaneous decision.  We were getting ready for work and Marc said "let's just go to the courthouse this morning."  We had talked about it a few times, but never made any concrete decisions about going there.  That morning seemed like the perfect time.

So we went. 

We went to the wrong building at first.  The guard there told us where to go and wished us good luck as we headed to the door.  We weren't sure if he meant we wished us luck finding the right building or wished us luck in our marriage.  We'll assume the latter.

Once inside, we made our way to the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk and told her what we wanted to do.  We showed us into a room that was the color of Pepto-Bismol and told us someone would be right with us.

About twenty minutes later, we walked out with this:

If it wasn't clear, we were just getting our marriage license, which is good for the next 60 days.  We had the date that we could start going to the clerk's office circled on the calendar and with about a month to go, the time seemed right.

It's amazing that getting a marriage license is so easy in Virginia.  We showed our IDs, spelled out the names or our parents, and we were done.  All we have to do is have our officiant fill out the forms and then drop them in the mail the day after the wedding.

So, I guess it's official!  We're getting married!  This is another one of those "things just got real" moments.  I had those feelings when we mailed our Save the Date cards and when our invitations went out, but this feeling is a bit different.  We're getting married SOON!

What were your "this just got real" moments while you were planning?


  1. I just got goosebumps reading this!! That will be a huge moment for us and I'm sure you had a few butterflies and tears in your eyes going through this part. Hooray!

  2. Definitely going to the courthouse to get our license was a BIG one. Also mailing the invitations, meeting with our pastor for the last session where we planned our ceremony, and the only other BIG one was when they opened the doors to the church and I walked down the aisle. :)


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