This couple came from Maryland for their intimate wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville in January 2020
Traditional Wedding vs Eloping
"This wedding is getting out of hand!" "I can't please everyone!" "We can't afford this wedding!" "Can I have a decent wedding on a small budget?" "What about eloping?" "Is there more than just a courthouse elopement?" "Do I have to go to Las Vegas to elope?" Are these some of the thoughts you have had while trying to plan your wedding? Did you start out on a path to a traditional wedding ceremony and reception, but have realized how much work, planing, money and stress is involved? If you still want to marry in an elegant setting, but without all the costly trappings, you've come to the right place.
Over 10,000 couples get marriage licenses in the greater Nashville area every year. It takes all kinds of weddings and elopements to marry all those couples, and I officiate for many of them. Some have large weddings with tens of thousands of dollars spent. Some have intimate elopements with few or no guests, and with modest budgets. I have couples from here in Nashville who live just steps from my venues. I have married dozens of couples from Canada, Australia, the U.K., all over Europe, Asia and beyond. What is the right choice for your wedding? What is your budget? What are your priorities? What is your timeline? Who are you trying to please or appease? What is your dream wedding? Perhaps you have been planning a big wedding but the stress and expense of it all is overwhelming and you want something simpler, but you don't know what do do or where to start. If that's you, well...we can help!
These are the types of issues I can help you sort out. You can review the various package options on my website, buy a copy of my memoir, check our my social media accounts, or simply send me a message or pick up the phone and call me (during my business hours, please). Over the course of the next new months, I will add new entries to this blog to help couples decide on the best wedding or elopement option for them.
If you want the big wedding in Nashville, I can help you with that. If you want something smaller, more intimate, more affordable, but still elegant and memorable, I can certainly help you with that!
Hoping to be your wedding officiant!
Rev. Brandon Rich
Alabama Marriage Licenses
If you live in the State of Alabama, you may be concerned about getting married there, and for good reason. The Alabama state legislature has changed the way couples legally marry in their state. Several articles have come out about this topic, and I've linked an article here from AL.com. Alabama no longer issues traditional marriage licenses the way they used to, the way other states still do. We have already seen several Alabama couples elect to come to Tennessee to get married to insure that they will have a traditional Marriage License going into the wedding, and then receive a traditional Certificate of Marriage after the wedding. If you are one of our neighbors to the south and would like the comfort of a traditional marriage license and marriage certificate, I welcome you to come to Nashville! You can come up here, get your Tennessee Marriage License and schedule a legal elopement right here with me at one of my venues, and still have your public ceremony back home in Alabama for your friends and family. If you prefer to have a destination wedding and have everyone come up here, I can point you in the right direction for that option as well. The process of obtaining a Tennessee Marriage License is quite simple, and you still have the conventional and traditional paperwork that records your legal marriage. Click here to visit the website for Nashville's Davidson County Clerk - Marriage Division.
Hoping to host your destination elopement in Nashville!
Rev. Brandon Rich