A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing a fun couple at a Baltimore County Courthouse wedding in Towson – so I thought it might be a good topic to cover in terms of “Planning 101” topics. Not every couple wants an elaborate wedding and some like to keep things simple and to-the-point when it comes to the ceremony. If you’re planning on having a civil ceremony at the Baltimore County Courthouse, here are some pointers for you.
Photo: Love by Serena
What to Bring:
- Proof of Identification
- Marriage License – $35 cash only – must be obtained 48 hours ahead of time, valid for 6 months in MD
- $25 fee for the civil ceremony (cash only)
Things to Note:
- No appointment slots are available (first come, first serve basis)
- Civil Ceremony Hours (Baltimore Co): Monday-Friday – 9:30am-11:30am and 2:00pm-3:30pm
- If you are bringing guests, everyone must be present before you can take a waiting ticket
- Photo + video IS allowed at the Baltimore County Courthouse (Towson)
- There is a security check as you enter the Courthouse
- A copy of your marriage certificate is available for an additional $5.50 (cash, check, or money order)
These tips are specific to Baltimore County. Please note that some County Courthouses do allows appointments and some do NOT allow photo and/or video.
Photo: Love by Serena
Baltimore County Courthouse Wedding Location:
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Getting married in another county, close to the Baltimore area? Check out these links:
Anne Arundel County | Baltimore City | Carroll County | Cecil County | Frederick County
Harford County | Howard County | Montgomery County | Washington County
wow this was very helpful, I am thinking about having a ceremony at the courthouse and was unsure of exactly how it works and if it were a small room or set up like a real courtroom or ‘chapel’. Im going to call to see if they allow you to come see the room.
How much do you charge?
Hi Stephanie! Please inquire directly with Serena for her pricing. Please visit her photography website: http://www.lovebyserena.com. Thanks!
Thank you for this. It seriously helps as calling around got me nowhere I don’t want a big ole wedding just something very simple yet memorable. Your photos are beautiful and I will be visiting your website I would love to have to photograph my special day.
Do u know how many ppl your allowed I have 3 small children and want them there for my wedding.
I enjoy the content on your web site. Thank you!.
I am getting married on 11/06/2016
I would love for y’all to marry me and my husband to be plz and thanks
This was helpful…is it still accurate? I am planning a March courthouse wedding
Hi Kimberly, I just confirmed the information, and it is accurate as of 1/17/17! Best wishes on your wedding day!
These data are accurate. I got married on 01/20 and those rules still the same (you can take pictures, make videos, no appointment, 9:30-11:30 or 2:00-3:30, cash U$25, marriage license U$35 cash, up to 10 people invited to the ceremony).
Everything happens so fast there! They said that Friday is a very busy day, but I didn’t have to wait long (maybe 15-20 min).