Nine months ago I got "married" in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a fabulous destination wedding weekend. I had three different dresses for three different events, we flew two photographers to shoot for four consecutive days, had three course dinners served, a jazz duo, two wedding planners running around to make sure every detail was perfect, etc. -basically everything and more that I wanted in a beach wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and I truly understand the phrase "the most happiest day of your life". But even though I got "married" I didn't really get "married" in the legal sense. So after nine blissful newlywed months my husband and I finally booked an online appointment at the San Francisco city hall so we could really get "Married".
The entire process was really quick and efficient. Total time to obtain a marriage license and a civil ceremony was 60 minutes and it cost about $180. I borrowed the dress, already had the shoes and accessories, and did my own hair and makeup. Quick city hall civil ceremonies only let you have 2 witnesses so we only had one. My friend Uma was our witness and our amateur photographer. Instead of a lavish reception my husband, Uma, and I got blue bottle coffee and chatted outside of city hall. Our $180 wedding made me reflect on the entire wedding process and made me realize that the most important thing about a wedding is the "union" itself. The reception, wedding dress, bridesmaids, photographers, and everything else is just rich icing on the cake.