Not every wedding needs to be in a church. For lovers looking to tie the knot at a courthouse, Georgia has several beautiful options. 

1. Murray County Courthouse

At the top of the state bordering Tennessee lies Murray County and the beautiful Murray County Courthouse. With the Blue Ridge mountains as background, the red-bricked building offers a great site to recite vows.

2. City Hall, Atlanta

While the architectural features inside the building are attractive enough, a hike to the roof reveals the Atlanta skyline -- a romantic backdrop for a simple courthouse wedding. The area was officially unveiled in December 2003 as the first governmental green roof in the Southeast, according to a previous AJC article.

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3. Historic DeKalb Courthouse

Only a few miles from Atlanta, the Historic DeKalb Courthouse features beautiful design – arched windows and marble walls -- combined with ample space for guests to create the perfect venue for a wedding ceremony.

4. Caloosa County Courthouse

Catoosa County is known throughout the South for its same-day marriages, attracting thousands of couples each year. The location even caught the attention of Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton who chose Ringgold as the site of her marriage to Carl Dean because the name “sounded like a good sign.”

5. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

With its brick exterior, polished gardens and charming turret, guests may forget they are at a government building for your wedding ceremony. Constructed in 1885 in downtown Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse offers a gazebo framed by trees outside, and antique chandeliers and palladian windows for those who prefer the indoors.

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