Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: How far in advance should I confirm a wedding officiate?
A: Many Weddings are planned up to a year in advance. Many Weddings are planned in a few months or a few weeks, while others are only a couple of days. I suggest that as soon as you and your fiancée have chosen a date, that would be the time to book the Officiant.
Q: What about last-minute requests?
A: As long as there is room in the schedule, last-minute requests are fine. There are often circumstances that require last-minute planning.
Q: Will you marry couples of different faiths or previously divorced?
A: Defiantly. Yes. I am more than happy to join anyone that wants to celebrate their love by getting married! Its your day. We can customize the ceremony in any way you like. I’m here to help!
Q: Do you perform same-sex weddings?
A: Absolutely!!! I am more than happy to join anyone that wants to celebrate their love by getting married!
Q: Do you charge a fee for changes/cancellations?
A: We understand life sometimes gets in the way and changes must be made. We will make every effort to work with your schedule. With that said, once the deposit is received it is non-refundable. If full payment has been made provided cancellation is received one month in advance, you will get a refund less the deposit. If within one month all monies are non-refundable. If it is a postponement, I charge a re-booking fee equal to the deposit; all other monies will be applied to the new date. If however, postponement happens on a holiday weekend all monies are non-refundable. Please call us! We will work with you!
Q: What does “Officiant” mean?
A: Someone who is legally authorized to preside over/perform a couple’s wedding ceremony.
Q: What kind of officiants are we?
A: Modern nondenominational minister/civil officiants. “Officiants” are known and called by many different names: wedding officiant, wedding minister, wedding officiator, marriage officiator, marriage minister, marriage officiant, marriage official, wedding clergy, marriage clergy, wedding celebrant, celebrant, wedding officiate, justice of the peace, JP, civil officiant and reverend. We are legally ordained through the Universal Life Church.
Q: What is the Universal Life Church?
A: The Universal Life Church & ULC Seminary, Inc., is a non-denominational church that believes that we are all spirits in bodies, seeking and discovering our own personal truth in our own unique way.
For many of us, that truth is found through Jesus Christ, Buddha or The Divine, while still others find their truth through examining life and the experiences we all have. All of these paths and more are welcomed and explored. We value all the viewpoints of our ministers and congregation, however varied and controversial they might be.We believe in religious freedom, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others and is within the law. We welcome any who seek truth, wisdom and tolerance.
Q: What types of ceremonies do we offer?
A: We serve virtually every type of couple from purely civil to religious and everything in between including nondenominational, interfaith, same-sex, commitment and multicultural.
Q: Do you include gratuities in your ceremony quote?
A: We do not ever include a “Tip” or Gratuity” in our ceremony services as some may do. Offering a “Tip” or “Gratuity” for job well done is at your complete discretion, but is always appreciated.
Q: Do I have a contract or some form of formal confirmation?
A: I do not use a contract, but I do offer a letter of confirmation. My confirmation letter provides the same thing – it confirms your date, time, location & my fees. If you feel the need for more than that please feel free to discuss this with me personally.
Q: Can you legally marry us?
A: Yes. In the State of Texas an Ordained Clergy Member, Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Reverend Etc. who are authorized by their church can legally marry you. I have been ordained since 2005 and have been happily performing wedding ceremonies ever since. (Marriage in Texas is governed by Chapter 2 of Title 1 of Texas’ Family Code. Sec. 2.202.)
Q: We have custom vows we want to recite. Can you perform our custom vows?
A: Yes, I do traditional and custom vows.
Getting Your Marriage License
ID Requirements: In Texas, you will need one valid form of ID such as driver’s license, certified copy of your birth certificate, U.S. Passport, military ID, and your Social Security number.
Residency Requirements: Neither one of you have to be a resident of Texas.
Pre-marital Education: Is not required in the state of Texas.
Waiting Period in Texas: There is a 72 hours (3 days) waiting period in Texas. This can be waived for active duty military with your military ID.
Expiration Period: Do not obtain the license more than 90 days before the wedding. The license will expire on day 91 of the issuance. We recommend getting it 2-3 weeks before the ceremony.
Blood Test: Not required in the State of Texas.
Fee: Approx. $72.00 fees (price may vary by county)
Your license is good in any county in Texas but can only be used in Texas.
No witnesses are required at the wedding.
Please read the guidelines for your particular county:
Harris County Clerk’s Office
Brazoria County Clerk’s Office
Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office
Galveston County Clerk’s Office
Liberty County Clerk’s Office
Montgomery County Clerk’s Office
Waller County Clerk’s Office
Brazos County Clerk’s Office
Bexar County Clerk’s Office
Chambers County Clerk’s Office
We are approved to perform weddings within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system (TDCJ). Please contact us for specific details. Additional fees may apply.