How to do a Court Wedding in Ghana & the cost

You have decided to get married and you are looking forward to the big day. This is one of the most important days of your life, so it would be best to not take risks and make sure you are getting what you want and paying the right price while still staying within budget.

In Ghana, the traditional wedding ceremonies are very colorful and vibrant but it takes time and most importantly money to make it happen. The cost of doing the wedding depends on the complexity of the marriage ceremony as well as the wishes of the bride and groom.

The simpler the marriage ceremony, the less money you have to pay for it, but if you want something that stands out from all other weddings, then be prepared to pay more money.

What is the cost of a Ghanaian wedding?


The cost of a Ghanaian wedding varies depending on the number of guests, location, type of food served, type of entertainment provided, etc. But for an average price range, you can expect it to be around GHS 10,000 to GHS 20,000.

Who pays for what?

Ideally, the traditional wedding has to be handled by the bride’s family but the groom taking the cost is also allowed. Both parties discuss what should be done for the wedding to be a success.

What is the bride’s price?

The bride price is the payment made by the groom or his family to the bride’s family as compensation. Traditionally, the payment can be in a form of money, livestock, jewelry, etc. The bride’s price is an indication of how much respect the groom’s family has for the bride’s family.

What is a court wedding?

A court wedding is a marriage conducted by an ordained minister who is appointed by the state. A court ceremony usually takes place at the courthouse or other government buildings. The couple may be married by a judge, magistrate, deputy clerk, or other official agents of the state.

What is needed for a court wedding

  1. Application form duly filled and signed by the bride and the groom.
  2. Documentary evidence of the date of birth of both the groom and bride.
  3. Receipt of fees paid with respect to the application form in the district court.

How is a court wedding done in Ghana?

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To do a court wedding in Ghana, you must:

  1. Meet all the necessary requirements
  2. File notice of marriage
  3. Pay for notice of marriage to be published
  4. Get a registrar’s certificate
  5. Conduct the marriage ceremony at the registrar’s office
  6. Complete the marriage

How much does it cost to do a court wedding in Ghana?

Court wedding cost less than a traditional wedding and it also does not take much time to complete. Filling of a notice of marriage is GHS 85 and issuance of a registrar’s certificate is GHS160.

How many people are required for a court wedding?

Court marriage requires only 2 witnesses to be present and give out their signatures.


Weddings are very important in Ghanaian culture. It is an event that puts a lot of time, effort, and money into it so they can celebrate the union of two people who love each other.

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