Oh, they're not doing that because his family would freak the feck out (he's an only, sheltered child). We told them that if they weren't mature enough to do what they wanted with their own wedding/marriage, they probably weren't ready to get married. And, we told them that they *could* use that as a bargaining chip--as in "Hey (Fiance's parents), if you're insisting we have a church wedding with a reception, how much are you chipping in?".<quoted text>
That tells me that they weren't all that interested in getting married, then, because you can get married for the cost of the license application. Judge's chambers = free wedding ceremony.
They didn't like either of those scenarios. >:-D
They tentatively decided to get hitched near his family in NW Indiana, because he has a lot of elderly relatives. That made my MIL mad because she thought SIL wasn't thinking of *her* elderly relatives. Who don't live in town and would have to travel regardless if it was here or up there. Ha!
I will give my MIL credit for butting the hell out when we were planning our wedding. She'll be bringing the full crazy for this one, though.