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             CWC Terms and Conditions

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS IN TEXAS

Couples must have and bring with them a valid Texas Marriage License . This Marriage License can be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office in Texas at least 72 hours before wedding, You do not have to live in the county you obtain the marriage license from.

Active Military Personnel are not subject to the 72 hour rule. They can get married the same day they obtain the marriage license. Please bring ID. Marriage licenses are good for 90 days.

We will file your Marriage License for you AFTER the wedding. If you wish to change your name quickly with TDPS and Social Security Administration without having to wait 30 days for the return of your marriage license. please purchase the expedited certified copy service. (Harris County only) You will need this anyway as you will not be able to use the original marriage license to make the changes. Please call us if you have questions about this.

CEREMONIES

If you wish to have a portion of your Ceremony in Spanish, please add it to your reservation. If you wish the entire service in Spanish, the fee is $60.00. There is no extra charge to have just your vows in Spanish and English. Please confirm with officiant just before the ceremony.

Unity Candle, Unity Cross and Unity Heart Ceremony items can be provided by Officiant, but you will not be able to take them home with you. You may purchase your own item for use during the ceremony to keep. If you wish to purchase your own Unity Heart or Unity Cross, you may do so from Wedding Options. Please allow at least 2 weeks for engraving. Unity Rose Ceremony, please bring your own roses. If you wish to use our artificial rose, you can. Let us know.  We will do the rest. If you choose Sand, you will be able to take it home with you.

Bridal Bouquet and Boutonniere are available for use as part of any Package if you need to use it then just ask. Please adhere to the number of guests that you requested. If this changes, you may add on more guests in increments of ten. This includes children. (not babies that will ne held) If you are not sure what type of Ceremony you would like, choose Short Ceremony and you always upgrade later..

Our goal is to make the experience at the Chapel memorable and respectful of the event.  We reserve the right to make changes to our terms and conditions and to modify the process we follow at the Chapel based on time available and package chosen.

Delivery of our services are considered concluded when the marriage license has been sent to appropriate Texas county of origin for recording.

 

SCHEDULES AND CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS

PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.  THIS IS HOUSTON SO GIVE YOURSELF  ENOUGH TIME TO GET TO THE CHAPEL CONSIDERING TRAFFIC, WEATHER AND ROAD WORK.  WE CANNOT DELAY ANOTHER COUPLES WEDDING BECAUSE YOU ARE LATE.  THE PACKAGE YOU PURCHASE IS BASED ON CHAPEL TIME (BIZ OR *AFTER HOURS), OFFICIANT TIME (BIZ OR *AFTER HOURS) AND THE NUMBER OF GUESTS YOU INVITE.   IF WE CAN PLACE YOU IN A LATER SLOT BECAUSE OF TARDINESS, WE WILL DO SO AT YOUR REQUEST.  A LATE FEE WILL BE ASSESSED OF $160.00 DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AND $220.00 FOR AN AFTER-HOURS SLOT REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF GUESTS.   PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE.    WE WILL NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 3 RESCHEDULES BEFORE CANCELLING THAT APPOINTMENT. 

If you have to reschedule, we will change your wedding date to the next available slot of your choosing. You will not have to make an additional deposit. If you wait for the day of your wedding to reschedule, you will lose any payments you have made. Payments are not refundable but are transferable to another individual or to another date if change is made in a timely fashion

Please understand that we do not do refunds for any reason, so there is no need to ask. We will reschedule you based on availability within a reasonable time frame. No reschedules on the day of the wedding.  We will offer a refund if for some reason we have decided we cannot do your ceremony  (This is extremely rare)  If there is a disaster type weather scenarios, we will only reschedule you as soon as that information is made available. This is an important day for all concerned, please take the time to review your choices and schedules so that cancellation can be minimized.
*After Hours Weddings refer to Chapel Weddings conducted after 4 p.m. Monday thru Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m and 6 p.m.

UNPAID BALANCES
The Courthouse Wedding Chapel already offers discounted fees for a full wedding ceremony.  Deposits are allowed as a courtesy.  This is not intended to be used as a payment plan.               All unpaid balances are due at the latest, 10 Days before the wedding. If your wedding is within 72 hours of the time you made your deposit and the package has not been chosen or payment made, you run the risk of losing your slot and monies paid. . We do not conduct financial transactions at The Chapel. You must do your transactions on line. You can use the link on your confirmation email to make additional payments or give us a call or email and we will do it for you.

GUEST RULES
We love to see your family and friends with you to support you on your special day. This is what we are all about. If your guests arrive early they can await your arrival in the Atrium sunken area nearby the Koi Pond. If you have an after hours wedding, please consider having someone designated to recognize family members and let them in through the main building door. The doors automatically lock in the evening 6 p.m. and on weekends AT 2p.m.  It is possible to see who is there from the Atrium. If this is not possible for you then let us know ahead of time and we will try to accommodate you.
We ask that if you or your guests decide to bring small children or babies with you that someone is designated to watch and supervise them at all times. This is for their safety and well being. The Chapel is not child-proof so young children are expected to stay seated or with a guardian. If a baby/child begins to cry (which they often do) during the ceremony, we would ask that the guardian step outside so as not to disrupt. They should situate themselves near the Exits so as not to disrupt . The Officiant will pause to give them enough time to step outside to quiet the child. This is so that you can focus on this special moment. Please advise your guests.
Finally, although the Chapel can retain a photographer for you, we welcome your photographer, professional or a skilled friend. We ask that you limit your photographer to one or two individuals. The Chapel is not big enough to accommodate more people moving around during the ceremony. It will be disruptive to the solemnity of the moment. We ask that you remind your guests to refrain from videoing and taking pictures during the ceremony. We will allow some time at the end for photos.
Please understand that the Chapel is simply an alternative to getting married in the Courtroom  and is not for Rent. It is only for your use.

This is considered a license and not a lease with all legal ramifications of that distinction. User shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless The Courthouse Wedding Chapel from all losses, costs and claims of any kind whatsoever arising from or incidental to User;s use of the The Courthouse Wedding Chapel and Reception area.

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