13 of the Most Beautiful City Halls & Courthouses in the US For Your Wedding

Plus, what to keep in mind when searching for a venue.
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Jenna Clark
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  • Jenna is a freelance writer for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in wedding traditions and planning.
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Updated Mar 06, 2024

If you're looking for city halls to get married at, you've landed on the right page. Although an extravagant wedding venue can be nice, it can also be costly and require months of planning. What's great about getting married at a city hall near you or beyond is that they often offer more affordable wedding and ceremony options. Some of the most beautiful city halls to get married have been restored and renovated to double as reception venues after hours and sometimes on weekends.

When looking for courthouses to get married at, you're going to want to consider a couple of factors including how many guests can be accommodated, how much it'll cost, if a reception can be held there as well as any requirements that an individual courthouse may have regarding how long a couple needs to have a marriage license before a ceremony can be performed.

If you'd like to learn more about the best courthouses to get married at or want to research additional city halls near you, The Knot Vendor Marketplace is a great resource you can use to filter by location

San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California

If you're looking specifically to have a beautiful San Francisco city hall wedding, San Francisco City Hall is home to one of the most beautiful courthouses in California. Even though its elegant architecture and vast space may appear overwhelming at first, have no fear as there are many ways this building can be utilized to make your wedding dreams a reality. If a short and sweet ceremony is what you seek, you can say your "I dos" during an hour-long wedding on the Mayor's Balcony. However, if you'd like something a bit longer, you can opt for an evening wedding underneath the Rotunda for you and your partner and up to 198 additional guests. Just make sure to note that Tuesdays are unavailable for making your love official as that is the day during which the Board of Supervisors meets.

Limestone Hall in Lexington, Kentucky

Exchange your vows at Kentucky's own Limestone Hall. Located in the heart of Lexington, Limestone Hall offers a plethora of event spaces. Whether you're looking to celebrate in the Rotunda (100 guests), West Wing (200 guests) or East Wing (230 guests), you can do so with your closest friends and family members for between four and six hours when you rent out one (or all) of the event spaces. Not only do you not have to worry about setting up or cleaning anything up after your celebration, but you will also have banquet tables, dinnerware, linen and more provided for you as part of your rental package.

Historic Dekalb Courthouse in Decatur, Georgia

Historic Dekalb Courthouse wedding venue in Decatur, Georgia
Photo: Historic Dekalb Courthouse

If an Atlanta city hall wedding is what you seek without all of the city hustle and bustle, you can say your "I dos" just twenty minutes east of Atlanta at the Historic Dekalb Courthouse in Decatur, Georgia. When you host your wedding at the Dekalb History Center you'll be able to pronounce your love for your partner surrounded by marble walls and arched windows. The largest event space on property also known as The Courtroom spans more than 2,600 square feet and can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated reception. For smaller receptions, the Harrison Room and the Lobby are other great options you can utilize for your big day. However, if you plan on having alcohol served at your wedding, please make note that a police officer will be required to oversee your celebration.

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Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco, Texas

Become one with your partner surrounded by Second Empire-style architecture at Old Blanco County Courthouse. Since it's a hybrid venue with both indoor and outdoor space available that can accommodate up to 120 guests, you won't have to worry too much if any inclement weather happens to pass through on your special day. That said, the venue's most popular event space is the old courtroom with its adjoining courthouse steps perfect for taking wedding photos to commemorate your special day. And, this courthouse is close (only about an hour away from Austin) if you have close family and friends traveling to celebrate with you.

Historic Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Host your wedding at the Historic Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse located in downtown Minneapolis. This historic indoor six-story city hall building can accommodate wedding ceremonies with up to 250 seated guests and features a 345-foot clock tower and more than 36 stained glass windows. In addition to its built-in decor, this venue has its exclusive caterer so you can worry less when it comes to finding someone to whip up some delicious cuisine and beverages for your guests. Your wedding photographer will appreciate its Father of Waters statue which can serve as a photo backdrop.

New York City Hall (New York City Clerk's Office) in New York City, New York

Want to get married in the Big Apple? Look no further than New York City Hall or more specifically the New York City Clerk's Office. You'll need to make sure you reserve your wedding ceremony appointment time online and have your license before and for at least 24 hours ahead of your ceremony, but it will be worth it for the $25 ceremony fee–as there are not many other venues in Manhattan that'll offer a comparable rate. This office may not be the most glamorous in all of the city, but you can make it your own by taking some photos with your friends and family after you make things official and pose for photos in front of the sophisticated and elegant City Clerk sign with your partner.

Santa Barbara Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is one of the best courthouses to get married in California, and for good reason. The Courthouse Garden is the standout area of this establishment and one where many couples opt to tie the knot as it is comprised of five individual spaces that can be rented together for celebrating including the Sunken Garden, Palm Terrace, Fiesta Stage, Bird of Paradise and Rotunda Lawn. The five spaces that make up the Courthouse Garden can accommodate up to 250 guests for a large or small courthouse wedding ceremony which you can strategically position to have the courthouse made with beautiful Spanish-Moorish construction sit behind the celebrated couple in most of the wedding photos.

Old City Hall of Brunswick in Brunswick, Georgia

Couples seeking a coastal wedding should consider the Old City Hall of Brunswick. Located in Georgia's coastal town of Brunswick, this historic City Hall building checks all of the boxes as it offers a plethora of spaces including the entire courtroom, half of the courtroom and the boardroom for smaller gatherings. Plus, you and up to 300 guests (for a standing reception) will enjoy the aesthetic created by its heart pine flooring and hanging chandeliers. Tables and chairs are not included with the venue rental, so make sure to secure your own before booking.

Historic Courthouse 1893 in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Celebrate your eternal love at Historic Courthouse 1893. This courthouse in Waukesha, Wisconsin has been hosting couples to tie the knot since 1986, but has served the community from the time it was first built in 1893. With two levels and more than 11,000 square feet of event space, this Romanesque building is fit to accommodate weddings with up to 300 guests. The courthouse even features getting-ready suites where the couple can put the final touches on their attire before making their way down the aisle.

Chicago City Hall in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago city hall wedding venue
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If a Windy City wedding is on your radar, Chicago City Hall is the perfect spot to tie the knot. It's an especially suitable spot if a more intimate wedding is what you seek as you are only able to have a maximum of 15 guests. If you're lucky, you might even get to experience the building's secret garden which sits on top of the roof of its 11 floors. To reserve a ceremony spot for your Chicago city hall wedding, you need to call between six to eight weeks in advance.

Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As far as the prettiest courthouses to get married in go, Allegheny County Courthouse takes the lead. Filled with French Renaissance roofs and late French Gothic dormer windows, this venue is suitable for those seeking a hybrid courthouse venue with indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate up to 150 guests for those mid-sized ceremonies. Although most couples say "I do" when standing on the courthouse's grand staircase, you could work with your venue coordinator to find another location if that doesn't exactly match your wedding vision. And, you can't forget to snap some photos in front of the 229-foot striking bell tower.

Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas

For an Austin, Texas city hall wedding, head to Travis County Courthouse. Although weddings are only performed during weekday business hours, having the opportunity to say "I do" in a building with a formal yet elegant ambiance will be nothing short of beautiful. Although appointments are encouraged, courthouse wedding walk-ins are welcome so forth that the judge has time free in their schedule.

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