Elopements Or Courthouse Alternative Weddings
Elopements or private weddings do not have to be at the courthouse. Even if it is just the two of you, is a special time where you express and commit to each other. It is a moment a in your lives when you start your lives as a married couple. It not only makes it official but it is when you took the effort that said, “I intend this to be for the rest of our lives.” It is the most wonderful and important decision of your lives. The courthouse has its purpose in our community, but it should not be a place where you celebrate the beginning of your next chapter in life.
When we perform elopements (alternative courthouse wedding), which is the simplest of our ceremonies, we want to make this time special and memorable for the two of you. So we give you a choice of vows to select to express the words that are closest to your heart. The ceremony can also have spiritual content (prayer and the mention of God) or be civil (no prayer or mention of God). In Texas you do not need any witnesses so it can be just the two of you.
Our dedicated team of Officiants will also perform elopements and private ceremonies and at local parks near their location. Travel fee may apply for locations not in the officiant’s immediate area.
What is the difference between elopements and private ceremonies?
An alternative courthouse wedding (elopements) is when the couple wants to get married just by themselves with no one present (Texas does not require witnesses). Most of the time the attire is very casual, but this is not always the case. Some couples dress up, it’s your choice. There are normally no special touches, e.g. unity cross, unity candle etc. Apart from selecting spiritual or civil content for the ceremony and your vows, the bride and groom leave the rest of the ceremony to the officiant. The ceremony can be from 10 to 15 minutes and can be held in an office, park or private home. The wedding officiant will be selected based on availability and location. There is no interview or consultation with the officiant, however, phone calls and emails are very welcome.
A private ceremony is normally a small wedding with limited amount of guests, e.g. 10 to 15, there are no bridesmaids or groomsmen and the guests are normally standing around rather than sitting. The attire of the bride and groom can either be formal or casual. Guests are normally casual. Apart from selecting spiritual or civil content for the ceremony and your vows, the bride and groom may also add special touches like the unity cross or unity candle or something else they have found. The ceremony can take from 15 to 20 minutes and is usually held in a park or private home. The wedding officiant will be selected based on availability and location. There is no interview or consultation with the officiant, however, phone calls and emails are very welcome.
However, if you find yourself with bridesmaids and groomsmen and a few more guests than you anticipate your wedding ceremony may fall into our regular wedding package.