Have you been asked to perform a wedding in Houston? If you're planning to officiate a marriage ceremony, congratulations! Presiding over a wedding is a serious honor. That said, it's not one that comes without some considerable responsibility. With this in mind, we'll delve into the process in detail to make sure you’re up to speed on everything you need to know. Below, we’ll cover how to get in touch with the relevant officials before the ceremony, how to prepare for the wedding ceremony itself, and how to ensure the union is legally recognized in Houston.
1 How to Get Ordained as a Minister in Houston
Your first step will be to get ordained as a ULC minister (if you haven’t already). Ordination with the ULC is available online, free of charge, and provides the authority to perform legal wedding ceremonies! The process is simple and requires just a couple minutes to complete. To get started, click the button below!
Key Info for Ministers in Houston
- ULC Ordination Accepted:
- Minister Registration Required:
- Documents Required:
- Minister's Residency:
- Minister's Minimum Age:
2 How to Officiate a Wedding in Houston
With your ordination officially registered, you'll next need to get in touch with the authority in charge of marriages in your area. Please refer to the next section to find contact information for the office in Houston.
When reaching out, politely explain that you’re an ordained minister wanting to know what types of documentation you will need to show them in order to perform a wedding in their district.
3 What You'll Need to Officiate in Houston
With that information in hand, you can head over to our online catalog to order any documents or supplies required to officiate in your area. For Houston, we typically advise ministers pick up an Ordination Package, but what you end up ordering will ultimately depend on the guidance you receive from local officials.
4 How Houston Marriage Licenses Work
With all of that taken care of, it's time to focus on the fun part: the wedding! If this will be your first time stepping up to the altar (or even if you have some officiant experience under your belt) be sure to visit our wedding training center for some helpful tips and tools.
After the ceremony is over, your final key task it to ensure the marriage license gets filled out correctly and returned to the issuing office. In Houston, a marriage license is valid for 90 days, there is a mandatory 3-day waiting period (waived with marital counseling), and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. To read more about how to fill out the license, please visit our marriage license training guide.
- Marriage License Waiting Period:
- 3 Days (Waived with marital counseling)
- Marriage License Valid For:
- 90 Days
- Return Within:
- 30 Days
5 What to Know About Houston Weddings
Houston is the largest city in Harris County, and its metropolitan area has lots of activities and venues to schedule your wedding around. If you're wanting to have an outdoor ceremony you're best to avoid holding it during the sweltering hot summers. But with plenty of indoor venues, including ballrooms, restaurants, and museums, Houston is a great wedding destination year round.