Denver Courthouse Wedding Guide
Everything you need to know about getting married at a courthouse in Denver
So you want to have a courthouse wedding in Denver?
Unfortunately, finding information on the locations, and how to get married in them is hard!! The websites on the county courthouse websites don’t make it super easy to find information on how you actually get married in the courthouse itself. There’s a ton of great information on getting your marriage license, but that’s only the first step of the process. But, don’t worry!! I did the research for you. Below, I’ve got overviews of the Denver Courthouse locations, what photo spots around them work best, and most importantly, how you actually book a courtroom for your wedding!
How to get married at a Denver Courthouse
- Get a marriage license from one of the Denver Courthouse locations. They currently have some online options available for getting the license online rather than in person.
- Once you have your license, take a look at the list of magistrates who are available to officiate weddings at the Denver County Courthouses. They will each have times where they are available at each of the following courthouse buildings, and you can choose which one you have your wedding at based on your preferred date and time. They all look fairly similar on the inside, so it’s more important to think about where you want to take your portraits after the ceremony! Don’t try and navigate through the county court websites to try and find information about using a courthouse room for your ceremony. The information just isn’t there, and only the magistrate will be able to book this for you.
- Finalize the time, location, and courthouse with the magistrate. Check with them on whether or not they allow fresh flowers, as some of them do not. Also make sure photographers are allowed in the courtroom with you, and whether or not the magistrate has any preferences for where the photographer can move to take photos during the ceremony.
Denver Courthouse Wedding Locations
Columns, columns, columns galore!! The front facade of the Byron White Courthouse is a well known spot for wedding portraits and more. I’ve used it for multiple weddings. It has gorgeous ironwork lanterns underneath the awnings that look amazing in perspective photos with the columns. The staircase is gorgeous and super wide!! There is definitely some space for creative shots and iconic Denver shots at Byron White.
- 16th St. Mall
- Stout St. Columns
- Alleyways and streets for “city shots”
This is the “classic courthouse” that you see lit up with holiday lights in the winter, and is across from Civic Center Park. Like Byron White, it has really unique architectural elements and beautiful columns and staircases. The flower gardens at the front make for beautiful portrait spots as well! Plus, it’s super easy to just walk across the street for photos with the state capitol in the background.
- Civic Center Park
- Denver Art Museum
- Colorado State Capitol
- Denver Public Library
The most modern of the three Denver Courthouses by far! The outside of this building is glass and metal, and there are some really neat scupltures outside. If you like a more clean, modern feel, this is definitely the spot for you! For more in the style of Lindsey-Flanigan, it’s also a short walk over to the Denver Art Museum or over to the Convention Center.
- Denver County Courts
- Denver Diner
- Convention Center
- Denver Performing Arts Complex
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Courthouse Wedding Photography Packages & Pricing
Wedding photographers will often have elopement and intimate wedding packages that are cheaper than the prices for big weddings. Definitely ask around once you find a photographer that you like to see if they offer a discounted rate. Planning and orchestrating a courthouse wedding is often less work than a 300 person wedding at the Four Seasons! You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000-$5,000 for a photographer to document your elopement or courthouse wedding depending on the photographer and the length of time you want photographed.
Because I often work intimate weddings and city elopements, I just offer a no-minimum hourly rate for Denver courthouse weddings. Most of my couples wind up booking a 2-3 hour block of time, which runs about $1,000-$1,500. You can check out more detailed information about my pricing here.
Typically, you can expect your photographer to deliver an online gallery of your photos, and either give you a digital download or a USB drive with your final edited images. Editing times can vary from 4 weeks to 8 weeks for a full gallery to be edited and delivered to you!
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