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Marriage in Texas

Information on the laws for those who plan to get married or are married in Texas.

 Conducting the Ceremony

Conducting the Marriage Ceremony

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Who Can Conduct a Ceremony?

State law authorizes the following people to conduct a marriage ceremony:

As per the Department of State Health Services' guide linked above, there is no official registration for persons authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony. If they review the law, and believe they can perform the marriage ceremony, then they can perform the ceremony. See the resources below for more information.

Conducting Online Ceremonies

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been getting many questions about this topic, from both couples and officiants, asking if they can conduct a wedding ceremony over a videoconferencing software like Skype or Zoom.  To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Ceremonies with Texas Inmates

Texas law used to allow those who are incarcerated to marry by proxy, a process that allows an appointed person to stand in for the absent applicant at the ceremony. Section 2.203 of the Texas Family Code was amended in 2013 and now, proxy marriages are only available to active-duty military members stationed in another country.

For those wishing to formally marry someone who is currently incarcerated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), a wedding ceremony will need to be conducted on TDCJ property. See the resources below for how to apply for a ceremony with the Department.