They say that everything is bigger in Texas. But for those eloping couples who want a more intimate wedding, without the grand spectacle of a traditional marriage ceremony, there is still plenty on offer. With some lovely warm beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, such as Galveston, those who want to be by the sea when they say, “I do,” will love it. And though Texas may conjure up images of desserts, or bustling cities like Dallas, there are plenty of quiet, scenic parks and woodlands such as Buffalo Bayou, or Mercer Botanic Gardens, that offer plenty of lush greenery to serve as your backdrop.
Most people agree that fall is the ideal time of year for a wedding in Texas. It offers the nicest balance between milder temperatures but with enough daylight hours to make the most of an outdoor wedding.
All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.
Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Texas.
Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.
No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!
Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!
As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.
An officiant is required to solemnize a marriage in Texas. Eligible individuals include: ordained ministers or rabbis, justices of the peace and most judges.
Those ordained by an online ministry may perform a marriage ceremony.
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