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Category Wedding Day Tips | The Courthouse Wedding Chapel, Houston, Texas Courthouse Wedding Chapel UA-91933149-1

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New Unity Ceremony for 2015-The Unity Rose Ceremony

red and whiteroseIntroducing the Unity Rose Ceremony at The Courthouse Wedding Chapel. Another Simple, Sweet but Short way to put meaning into your special day. The Rose Ceremony can be for just you and your fiance or if you have children or a blended family, it can be away of acknowledging them and make them feel special. We will create the ceremony wording around your special situation. It is just a Rose, but the thought behind it goes deeper than that. Call us at 281-8-39818 to discuss or Save the Date online. Valentine’s Day would be a great day for  this type of Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting a Marriage License in Galveston County

 

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The Galveston Marriage license is a beautiful specimen. It is good for use in any county in Texas.  Always  check with your county for pricing and identification requirements.

In order tp obtain a marriage license, you need to go to the Court of the County of Galveston, located at 600 59th Street, Suite 2001, here in Galveston. The office is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. You may reach the office by phone at (409)766-2207.

A blood test is not required to obtain a marriage license.

If you are over 18 years of age, there is no parental consent required. Acceptable form of identification includes an original or certified copy of your Birth Certificate, a valid Driver License, Military ID, ID issued by the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas, a valid Passport, etc.

.If you are age 16 to 17, you must have consent of a parent, managing conservator or legal guardian or judicial approval. The County Clerk can provide a parental consent form.

Both parties must appear together to apply for a marriage license. However, a portion of the application process may be completed by filing an Absentee Affidavit if one party is unable to appear in person. License must be obtained 72 hours prior to wedding. Only a District or County Court at Law Judge can waive this requirement. An applicant who is on active military duty is exempt from the 72 hour waiting period. License is valid up to 30 days after date of issuance. License is valid in any county in Texas. License fee is $71, and must be paid in cash.

 

 

Marriages in Texas may be performed by:

  • a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest
  • a Jewish rabbi
  • a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized
    by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony
  • a Justice of the Peace, County Judge, District Judge, or retired Judge

If either person is divorced, he/she will need to provide the date of the divorce. (If the divorce occurred within the previous 30 days, the person must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree).

Couples living together as husband and wife may wish to make a matter of record their marriage without formality. Call (409)766-2207 for information concerning a Declaration of Informal Marriage.

Witnesses are not required.

Once you pick up your license, give Courthouse Wedding Chapel  a call at 281-803-9818 to arrange your wedding ceremony and save the date. We can also come to you and perform the ceremony at your venue.

A Wedding Flower Guide

This wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

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When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, many brides may know the wedding flower they want in their own bouquet, but are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the ceremony and reception.

While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach. We hope this wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower arrangement and bouquets, or if you’d rather visit a wholesale wedding flower retailer and order flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and so forth.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tool lists necessary to create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your personal style. It’s a good idea to purchase some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure you’ll be happy with your results. Whatever you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you’ve covered all your wedding flower needs.

Wedding Flower Guide

Wedding flowers for the church would include:

*Altar wedding flower arrangements
*Pew markers/decorations

Wedding flowers for the reception would include:

*Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table.
*Table centerpieces
*Buffet table decorations

Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:

*Bridal bouquet
*Small Bridal bouquet to toss
*Groom’s boutonniere
*Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet
*Bridesmaid bouquets
*Best Man boutonniere
*Groomsman boutonnieres
*Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket
*Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages
*Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres
*Step-parent corsages/boutonnieres
*Grandparent corsages/boutonnieres

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

* Maid/Matron of Honor wedding bouquets should be slightly more elaborate or in a different color shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.

* The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen boutonnieres.

* The corsages/boutonnieres for the parents should differ slightly from the step-parents, and all grandparent corsages/boutonnieres should be
different as well. It makes it easier for guests to keep track of who’s who.

* Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double duty.

* Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal table.

Remember, these are just wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style. You can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly romantic wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

Adding Personal Touches to Your Wedding

The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree at The Courthouse Wedding Chapel, Houston, Texas

 

Here are some personal touches that will enhance your small, intimate Courthouse style wedding ceremony or reception to make it special.

•Write your own wedding vows. It doesn’t have to read like poetry; the important thing is that it comes from your own heart. Print it out on an index card and keep it handy during the ceremony.
•Compile a CD with songs that symbolize your relationship or how it evolved. Play this during your reception or even burn a copy and distribute as souvenirs. Insert a small piece of paper explaining why you chose those songs.
•Instead of tossing your bouquet, present it to your mother (or a dear friend or mentor) during your reception. You can also have an additional bouquet made for your groom to present his mother at the same time.
•Guests often have free time on their hands during their reception. In the center of the table, place several pens and small pieces of paper in a pretty basket. Ask them to write their wishes, prayers, or advice for you and your fiancé. Compile in a scrapbook.

•Most wedding reception programs revolve around the couple: friends give speeches. Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fiancé talking about the people who’ve taught you what true love means. Mention friends who’ve demonstrated real loyalty, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.
•If you have a close friend or family member who passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a tribute candle at the church ceremony.
•If you have ethnic roots, incorporate a marriage ritual from your culture into your ceremony or perform it during your reception. eg. “Jumpin the broom”
•Wear an heirloom. For example, you can use your grandmother’s veil, or wear a locket that belongs to your mother. This is an excellent way of creating a sense of continuity between generations, celebrating your own family even as you go on to begin your own.
•Prepare an audio-video presentation that will be played during the last dance of the bride with the father. This can be just a simple montage of childhood photos. A guaranteed tear-jerker !
•If you have kids, help them feel like they’re part of the new family by asking them to stand next to you as you say your vows.
•Add little elements that say something about your relationship as a couple. For example, if you’re giving away picture frames, insert a poem that you wrote or a copy of your wedding vows. If you met at a beach (and would rather not have a beach-themed wedding) incorporate shells into your table centerpiece.

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

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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

 
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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.
MARRIAGE SEARCH/COPY FEE
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)
PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THE FOLLOWING THINGS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED:
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 http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=133