My understanding is that in the Catholic church at least they only recognise religious weddings so they wouldn't consider the courthouse wedding as anything and wouldn't have an issue with having a ceremony after.
I know this is now and old post - but I didn't see people had replied. Sorry.I would say that it seems like yall are being a bit harsh. We didn't get all the info on the situation. She might be telling all her guest whats going on! So I think its a bit rich to say she's lying to them.I also think the times they are a changing. People do things a lot differently now from even 10 years ago so traditional etiquette is whilst still important I think is ok to sidestep slightly as long as you make it clear to everyone what's going on.I think I wouldn't have an issue with going to an event like this ever - but it's clear that others (from this post alone) would. So I think as long as you have a clear explanation on your wedding website and or chose wording on your invites to show I'd wonder why anyone would care. Now if she had a cash bar!! I'd be side-eyeing all over the joint!!!!I really do wish this poor bride hadn't clearly been so scared off by the response to have never clarified what she wanted to do. Would be interesting to know if it was just her wanting to be the center of attention or not.