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Just Married Cristal and Luis at The Courthouse Wedding Chapel in Houston

cristalluisCristal and Luis were married in a Spiritual Ceremony at The Courthouse Chapel in Houston on 10/25/2014. Crisal and Luis chose to reflect their relationship to family and friends by celebrating with a Unity Sand Ceremony. This demonstrated the blending of their lives and family into one unified Journey.  Best wishes and Many Blessings to Cristal and Luis for the future.


How to Choose a Wedding Dress that is Appropriate for Your Nuptials



When picking out the perfect Wedding Gown, there are many aspects to consider.

First, you must decide how much dress you can afford. While setting a budget is everyone’s least favorite part of the process, it determines many of the other elements. Bargain dresses can be found for only$300, but name brand gowns can run you $6000 or more.

Next, you must decide on what you want the dress to look like.

The first question involves settling on a color. White, while traditional, is not the only color to consider. Many brides go with an off white or ivory and some even wear colors.

Another choice brides have to make is the silhouette of the dress. The most popular is the A-line dress. The A-Line dress has a fitted bodice and full skirt.

The Ballgown dress is modeled after the formal gowns dresses of the Victorian era. These gowns have elaborate skirts.

An Empire gown is best for petite brides who want to place emphasis away from their midsection and lengthen their overall silhouette.

Mermaid dresses are fitted to the whole body and usually have flowing trains. They’re great for brides who want to emphasize their curves.

A Coutre dress is exclusive and stylish. These are often designer gowns with expensive fabric.

Another consideration is the complexity of the train. Some brides forgo the train altogether while others want yards and yards of fabric flowing behind them. The more ornate the train, the more help the bride is going to need with getting dressed.

The bride sets the tone with her gown so it should work well with the colors and theme of the wedding. Wedding dresses worn during the day can be more informal while evening weddings usually require full-length dresses.

It is important to get the right size dress. A good number of brides must order the dress quite a bit ahead of time and then commit to loose weight to fit into their dream dress. But, if you order a dress that you can’t fit into on the big day, you will be uncomfortable and your pictures may turn out badly.

When buying the dress, you should also consider the accessories you will pair with it. While most brides buy accessories to match the dress, if you know ahead of time that you will be wearing family jewelry or a specific type of shoe, keep that in mind when selecting a dress.

The dress plays a central role in a wedding. Picking one that is perfect for you is essential for the success of your big day.

Wonderful Wedding Gift Ideas Most People Don’t Think Of


Ever got stuck trying to come up with the “ultimate” wedding gift? Well, you are not alone. Each day thousands of people rack their brains trying to come up with unique wedding gift ideas, only to throw their hands up in frustration and buy any of the common wedding gifts being sold out there. Below are some wonderful wedding gift ideas most people don’t think of that you can use:

  1. Gold-Plated Picture Frames – the perfect way to display favorite photos of their special day. Have them engraved with the couple’s names and the wedding date for a treasured memory.

  2. Etched Wine Glass – Have their wedding invitation, or other special verse engraved on a glass sculpture. This will be treasured for years to come, and definitely unique. Or, for a little variation, get the actual invitation, and mount it on a glass plate and finish it with matching colored paint.

  3. Honeymoon Photo Album – this could be made out of wood, with something like “A Honeymoon to Remember” engraved on the cover a perfect place to capture those wonderful honeymoon memories.

  4. Gift Certificates to a spa for the bride and groom are great before or after the wedding. The wedding day is often stressful, so you could offer a day at the spa to prepare them for the wedding day. Or, they could use it just after their honeymoon, as they prepare to resume their regular activities.

  5. Keepsake Box – As time goes by, memories begin to fade, and what better and more unique gift than a special box where they can safely store all those precious mementos that become more cherished as the years go by This box is perfect for things like marriage license, special photos, place cards, vows, and all those other special keepsakes that often get lost as time passes.

  6. Couples’ Home Spa Kit – As an alternative for the day at the spa, you could give them a spa in a basket, including monogrammed robes, towels, and a few other relaxing items, like candles, bath and body lotions, some romantic music, and even engraved wine glasses accompanied by a bottle of wine for a special evening at home.

Now, who says coming up with the perfect wedding gift idea is hard? The next time you go to a wedding, try picking up any of the above wonderful wedding gift ideas and you would be surprised at how well it works!

Getting a marriage license in Ft.Bend County

ftbendcrestGetting married at The Courthouse Wedding Chapel in Houston, Texas is quick and easy no matter what county you live in. Ft. Bend County, Texas is no different. After you obtain your marriage license from the County Clerks office near you for $65.00 Cash, *Credit Card or Money Order, we will marry you at the Chapel for only $110.00. You can register on line before, after or the same day you pick up your marriage license. Remember , you have to wait 72 hours before you say “I Do” . After we marry you, we will file your marriage license for you!  (Call us at 281-803-9818)

We can also provide you with  a pre-marital education course. Just contact us at least 2 weeks ahead of time.  Marriage License Fee May Be Reduced From $65.00 To $5.00 with Valid Proof Of State Approved Pre-Marital Education Course.
*Payment made by credit or debit card will be charged a convenience fee  of 2.75%based on the amount of the charge ($1.00 minimum).

Must be 18 years of age or applicants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. (There are several conditions under which a person under the age of 18 may legally marry).  Call (281) 341-8652 for additional information.
Proof of age and identity (Valid drivers license, certified copy of a birth certificate with a valid photo ID, Passport, etc.).  Call (281) 341-8652 for questions regarding other acceptable forms of ID.
A divorce by either party must be final 30 days prior to APPLYING for the marriage license.
All applicants that have been issued a social security number must provide their social number to the clerk at the time the application is processed.  The actual card does not need to be presented.
The $21.00 Fee is non-refundable and will be applied as a Search Fee or a Certificate Production Fee when the clerk conducts a search of marriage records.
You have the option of searching the records online or at our offices in Richmond, Missouri City or Katy, and paying a per page copy fee when the customer provides the certificate number with the request. Copy cost $1.00 per page + $5.00 per certification + $1.00 vitals preservation fee per record produced.(Example: 1 page marriage license copy = $7.00)
A license purchased in any Texas county can be used in The State Of Texas and any other state or country that will accept it. (Including: Ceremony Performed on an Aircraft, Boat or Ship Traveling in the US or International Territory.)
It may be used in any county in Texas.
The original license will be returned to you after it is filed.
The license will remain on file in the county where it was purchased.  Certified copies may be ordered from that county at any time.
When a license is purchased, it may not be used for the first 72 hours.
A District Judge may waive the waiting period if a timely request is made.
The license is valid for ninety (90) days including the date of purchase.
There is no law requiring a blood test.
For Marriage by Proxy, please call (281) 341-8652 for additional information.
Couples living as husband and wife may wish to make their marriage a matter of record without formal ceremony. Call (281) 341-8652 for additional information on an Informal Marriage Declaration.Excerpted from

Advice To Keep Your Marriage Healthy


Advice for a good marriage can in some cases seem a little obvious, but in a lot of cases it can seem like just the advice you need. When you are involved in a long term relationship, sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees, and it takes only the most basic advice for us to see what is wrong. Check this article out for more information.

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The best piece of advice is to be honest with yourself about when it is and isn’t working. If you kid yourself that everything is fine when it isn’t, things are hardly likely to get better-in fact you will usually notice things getting steadily worse. The sooner you spot and admit to problems, the sooner you can move past them. Half the work is done as soon as you admit something is wrong, so don’t be afraid.

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Learn to communicate effectively. Too often relationships degenerate into accusations and fighting as the default method of interaction. Can you honestly hope for things to last if that’s how you both behave? If you have something under your skin, sit down and talk it out. Talking about things sensibly rarely makes things worse-unlike accusations and arguing!

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Understand that you can’t fix the problems in your marriage solely fixing your partner’s behaviour. A marriage is exactly that-the joining of two people-so it’s not healthy to make one person do all the changing and adapting. This will not lead to a healthy relationship. It’s much better to sit and talk it out and then work out how you can both make things better for each other. It’s also a lot easier this way, as each of you will usually only need to make small adjustments to keep the other happy.

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Learn the difference between being in love and falling in love. When you fall in love, the person can do no wrong and people are able to behave in ways that their partner may not necessarily agree with in a normal state of mind. That’s why it can take work to stay in love-the love is still there, but you can’t expect to act however you please and for it to still be there. Love is like a fire, it sometimes needs to be tended to make sure it still burns.

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Understand the principles of marriage karma ,you- get -what -you -give, so if you go the extra yard for your partner and prove yourself to be kind, caring and considerate, the chances are they will act a lot more like that toward you too. Think about when you see couples that are really in love-it’s rarely just one of them doing the kind things is it?

Hopefully this advice for a good marriage will help you out. Give Chaplain Pat a call if you need coaching or just a little help to get on the same page.

Just Married at The Courthouse Wedding Chapel ! Camille and Mark – 9/30/2014


Don’t Forget It’s Your Wedding Day



Your wedding day was meant to be the one true day where the world revolves around you – at least that what we grow up thinking, imagining the whole Cinderella ball with our dream dress and Prince Charming.

Unfortunately, what often happens is a bride allows too many cooks in the kitchen and suddenly it’s someone else’s dream coming true and the wedding day dream is dashed.

It’s not your fault. Planning a wedding (even if you have the help of a professional wedding planner) is a daunting task.  You have to think of yourself, your guests, your wedding party, the vendors, expenses, and a slew of other things for your wedding day.

You need help – a bride can’t do it all herself and keep her sanity.  But sometimes, others will cross the line and almost intimidate you into doing what they want – not what you wanted for your special wedding day.

Maybe it’s a pushy wedding planner talking you out of every decision you had planned for the last 15 years since you were a teenager.  Or it might be your own dear mom – shaking her head and frowning when you tell her you want a trendy colorful wedding dress instead of traditional white on your wedding day walk down the aisle.

It can take all of the pleasure out of planning your wedding day when other people disapprove of your plans. But you have to bolster yourself against the frenzy of opinions that will be bombarding you and learn how to do it without getting yourself worked up.

If you wind up with a professional who isn’t allowing you to express your creative dreams, think about finding another one – or have a heart to heart with her and let her know that you appreciate the expertise she brings to the table, but you know what you want on your wedding day and you just need her help carrying it out.  She won’t want to lose a client – so when you state it flatly, with a smile on your face – she should step in line.

What often happens, though, is that a family member or friend becomes the overbearing element in your wedding day planning – and you feel awful at the thought of having to put them in their place.  You worry that feelings will get hurt or even worse – an argument will ensue – and this is supposed to be the happiest time of your life!

Here’s how to deal with overbearing family members: “Mom, can we talk a minute? You know I respect and value your opinion more than anything in the world.  But ever since I was a kid, I’ve had this idea in my head of how exciting it would be to plan my wedding day.  I know you’re probably able to spot all of the errors I’m making, so I know it’s frustrating for you when I go my own direction, but I really need your support so we can just have fun doing this without arguing over the details.”

Mom should realize she’s being a damper on your planning process, but if she doesn’t, simply smile at her, kiss her on the cheek, and say, “Well don’t be mad if do this my own way!” and then go on about your business getting everything ready for your wedding day the way you wanted it.  If she continues butting in during the planning process, just smile and say, “I appreciate your advice, but I’m going to go with my idea.”

Some people may just love to argue. If you encounter someone who won’t let it die and wants to ruin your wedding day plans, then you need to keep away from that person as much as possible while you carry out your dreams. Yes, it’s heart-wrenching, but this is your wedding day – not theirs. Treat yourself right and enjoy picking that red wedding dress or blue bouquet!