Same-Sex Marriage in St Clair Co IL

I had the pleasure of meeting a Circuit Judge from St. Clair County, Illinois at a recent open house event.  We share a common thread of performing same-sex marriages in the state of Illinois, where such marriages are legal.

She informed me of some details in civil or secular wedding ceremonies in the courthouse that I want to share. This applies to ALL couples seeking a simple, inexpensive way to be married.

St Clair Illinois Marriage License
​Marriage at the St. Clair County Courthouse are performed beginning at 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a $10 charge for the service CASH ONLY.

To get married at the courthouse bring a valid marriage license (fee to apply for a Marriage License is $32) and $10 to #10 Public Square in Belleville - Courtroom 405 - at 1:15 p.m. The clerk will complete the paperwork for you.

Weddings are performed in the order in which couples arrive. If you arrive after 1:15 p.m. you may not be able to be married that day depending on the availability of the judge. No marriages will be performed after 2:00 p.m.

It is the position of the judges performing the weddings that the marriage contract is a serious commitment. Dress and attitude appropriate to such commitment is required. A judge may refuse to conduct the ceremony if both parties do not exhibit such commitment.

They try to make every wedding special, so you may have to wait a little while, depending upon how many weddings are scheduled that day.

Save The Date Idea

What are they ?
Do I need them ?
How do I word them ?
When do I send them ?  

You and your fiancĂ© took some beautiful engagement pictures and it is a shame to keep them to yourself.  So why not send out Save-the Date Christmas Cards. Make sure it is OK with your chosen photographer and use one of the quick and easy ways such as SHUTTERFLY, WALGREENS PHOTOS or many others to upload, design, print, and even mail them out!



Save the Date Cards are announcements that inform your guests of your future wedding in order to keep your special day free.

Sample of Save the Date
Announcement

They are essential in the following situations if:
  • Many of your guests are traveling to your wedding
  • Your wedding takes place on or around a holiday
  • You are planning a destination wedding (to St. Louis)
  • Your wedding will take place in a seasonally busy or tourist locale, where the flights and hotels perhaps book up early.

Save the Date cards are generally sent at least 4-6 months prior to your wedding.  For seasonally busy or on or around a holiday it is best to send them 9-12 months in advance.  Your guests will then have ample time to make all the necessary arrangements needed to be a part of your special celebration and may even extend it into a vacation of their own.

Use your imagination - Save the Date Cards are not meant to be FORMAL.  There are many design options available.  You can have them match your wedding invitations, magnets, brochure style, post card size, you can add a picture of you and your fiancĂ©, or embellishments to add a personal touch.

Here are some guidelines on what your cards should state:

~  Your names
~  Date of wedding
~  City or town and state of where wedding will take place

Also, because Save the Date Cards are a recent trend.  Many that have not attended a wedding recently may mistake them for the actual invitation.  Be sure to include something along the lines of, "Invitation to Follow", "Invitation and Details to Follow", "Invitation Will Follow".  This is usually placed at the bottom of the card.

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