Weddings Ceremonies in the Magistrate Court
The judges of the Magistrate Court perform weddings for the public by advance appointment at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday and 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The Magistrate Court will be unable to perform weddings that fall on Athens-Clarke County Observed Holidays which result in the closure of the court.
Scheduling a Wedding Ceremony at the Magistrate Court
Prior to scheduling a wedding, a couple must obtain a wedding license. For residents of Athens-Clarke County, a wedding license can be obtained from the Athens-Clarke County Probate Court. The couple should bring the license and fill out a request form for the wedding ceremony in the office of the Clerk of Magistrate Court, Room 240 in the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. At this time, wedding ceremonies can be scheduled up to two months in advance. Please call our office to inquire about availability.
Cost of Weddings at the Magistrate Court
Weddings performed at the courthouse during normal business hours are free. State law prohibits judges performing weddings during normal business hours from receiving any form of payment, gift, or compensation.
What to Bring to the Wedding
Please bring the wedding license and a form of identification for both individuals partaking in the marriage. You may bring cameras or video recorders, but you will need to let the deputies at the security entrance know about the equipment when you pass through security.
Although some of our Magistrate Court Judges may not speak Spanish, Judges are provided a Spanish-translated script for weddings where Spanish is requested. However, bringing an interpreter to these ceremonies is still highly recommended for the couple. For all other languages, a couple is also welcome to bring an interpreter for their wedding. Magistrate Court does not provide interpreters for weddings at this time.
Requests for Weddings Away from the Courthouse
The judges do not regularly perform weddings at locations away from the courthouse, but you may contact the clerk of Magistrate Court by calling 706-613-3310 for questions. Any requests need to be in writing, provided either in person or by fax to 706-613-3314. Please include a valid phone number so the court may contact you concerning your request. All wedding requests will be forwarded to the judges for consideration.
Courthouse wedding times and days are subject to change without advance notice.