We live in Fulton County, GA so we checked with their courthouse first. For several reasons we decided against the Fulton County Courthouse. First, and most importantly, they don't do private wedding ceremonies with judges. I wanted nothing to do with a large group wedding ceremony with total strangers. Negative. Nine. No thanks. I've seen some of Fulton County's finest, Lord knows who would be in there with us. Secondly, when we looked at parking around the courthouse, there wasn't much and the downtown streets can be complicated with parking rules. Lastly, we wanted pictures on courthouse steps, the Fulton County Courthouse isn't very pretty. So, next we went to DeKalb County, the closest county to us. In DeKalb County private wedding ceremonies are held Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30pm - 4:00pm. It's a first come first served system, but we're okay with that. The current DeKalb County Courthouse is pretty ugly, it looks like what I hate from 1970s architecture. I have no idea if that's when it was built - but you get the idea, see below.
|DeKalb County Courthouse, Decatur, GA|
|Construction around the gazebo|
|So sad, we can't get to the gazebo. Doesn't look like work will be done in 3 weeks. You can see the man in the white hat on the left side of the picture, he is shoulder deep in a trench.|
Those three pictures above are as far back as I can get in a photo from the stairs. Pictures are definitely still do-able on the stairs and they will still be gorgeous, but we can't do the long distance picture that I wanted. Maybe the construction will be done in time.... maybe.
|Old DeKalb County Courthouse. You can see the fence to the left of the sidewalk.|
I love the red brick of the building and the dark wood doors. If I can't have a gazebo, I'll take some red brick. We'll take our family pictures around the courthouse at these locations and then Stephen and I will take some time with our photographer to some of our favorite places around our area of Atlanta - Grant Park, Turner Field and the Highlands.
The Marriage License process in DaKalb County was really easy. The forms you need to fill out are online so you can do them in advance. The ladies behind the counter the we dealt with were friendly, happy and very helpful with all of our questions.