This isn't the 1st time around for either of us & we've both done the church wedding thing. We don't want the extra expense, so are going as cheap as possible. I'll make my own very simple dress & he wants to wear jeans & a nice shirt. I didn't even make him buy me a rock. We'll get cheap bands when the time comes. What can I say, I'm a cheapskate.
Radioman and I got the Good Friday date, but we had ours officiated by the mayor of a local town. He was able to do it that day and it worked great with our work schedules and his sister and brother in law (both disabled) were able to attend easily because the borough building is handicap friendly. So if scheduling is difficult for you then check out the option of a local mayor, they may be a bit more flexible than the county office folks. We got a list of who is legally allowed to perform a marriage ceremony in our state when we got our license, but I'm sure that list is available online or through a phone call to the county courthouse in your area.
We just went to a local diner afterwards for lunch, the diner allowed our friends (who had apparently contacted them a few days before) to bring in a cake for us. It was a great way to get married without stressing over things that really shouldn't matter.
But DH didn't get off quite as lucky as your fiance... he did get stuck buying me a ring... and actually ended up with an extra wedding band for when I don't want to wear my fancy rings because I am doing 'non-girly' activities, like running the chain saw or log splitter, fishing or cleaning fish, construction work, etc.
Edited by fisherlady - 4/4/13 at 6:20am