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Elopements Or Courthouse Alternative Weddings

Elopements do not have to be at the courthouse for your wedding ceremony. 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 when you start your own family or start your lives as a married couple. 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, with the one you love, we normally land up there for other reasons.

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. We therefore give you a choice of vows to select, so that you can 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.

Need a Chapel?

Marty Leonard Chapel

The Marty Leonard Chapel

There is something special about getting married in a beautiful chapel, and the Marty Leonard Chapel is no exception. Designed by E Fay Jones, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Jones described his Chapel design as an; “instrument for nature’s music as light and shadows move and change throughout the day.

Couples pay thousands for this chapel over the weekend, but it can be yours if you are flexible and you are prepared to get married during a weekday. The chapel is available during the week from 10 AM to 4 PM for economy packages, providing it has not already been booked. If you are interested in this option, we can arrange the booking with the chapel. The chapel staff are very accommodating and will light the chapels candles ready for your ceremony. The chapel also has a sound system, piano and organ. Apart from the sound system, musicians will need to be provided by the couple or one can be arranged at an additional cost. The chapel also lends itself to a harpist (additional cost) and if this is your desire then Texas Harp is an excellent choice. Please remember this option is for a small wedding with about 25 or less guests and is for one hour only which will need to include your photography. If you are interested in a larger wedding, the price range will fall into our regular wedding packages.

 

Elopements, Alternative Courthouse Wedding & Private Ceremonies $150/$175

This Package includes:

  • Monday to Thursday (10 AM to 4:30 PM) $150 / evenings 5 to 8 PM $175 (based on availability of the officiant in the immediate area otherwise travel fees may apply)
  • Some of our wedding Officiants have a suggested location or if you have one of your own we allocate the nearest officiant.
  • Ceremony worksheet – this is a basic worksheet that gives the wedding Officiant the kind of ceremony you desire.
  • There is no consultation or interview with this package and the fees are paid up front when you complete the simple contract and ceremony worksheet
  • Marriage license NOT INCLUDED, see marriage license requirements
  • Travel Fees may apply

The Chapel Option: $525

The Chapel Option Includes:

  • The Marty Leonard Chapel for one hour Monday to Thursday (10 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Chapel candles and decor all included
  • Wedding Officiant
  • Ceremony worksheet – this is a basic worksheet that gives the wedding Officiant the kind of ceremony you desire.
  • Special Touch – performing Unity Candle, Unity Cross, Unity Heart etc,. Elements are an additional cost.
  • There is no consultation or interview with this package and the fees are paid up front when you complete the simple contract and ceremony worksheet
  • Marriage license NOT INCLUDED, see marriage license requirements

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