Getting Married in San Antonio During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
If you're getting married within the next 90 days, you're going to want to read this!
Dear San Antonio Bride and Groom,
Love Will Always Win!
Times have changed, haven't they?! Before the pandemic(and within 90 days of their wedding), couples would have to take the day off or meet during their lunch hour to mosey on up the the Bexar County Clerk offices of Lucy Adame Clark and wait in line to apply and purchase their marriage license.
But during Covid times, it's completely different. A lot of it is online now and as of this moment while I am typing, the appointments are booked until the end of March! So if you're getting married within the next 90 days, you're going to want to read on.
The Bexar Country Clerk's Offices are even providing services at different areas of town using their Mobile Satellite Office. There you can purchase a marriage license so that your ceremony can commence. If you will be getting married within the next 90 days, I would definitely hurry and get your license when you can so that you don't wait too long. The marriage can't become legal without that piece of paper because the officiant doesn't have the materials he or she needs to make it legal.
As of this moment, Bexar County Clerk Offices are popping up 4 times a month all round the city in parking lots to help couples get married in Bexar county(they're also helping with DBAs and other official public records). Who knows when they will stop offering the County Clerk Mobile Offices around town, so book an appointment online if you have two or more months to go, or find out when and where they will be popping up next HERE.
IF TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE:
If you can take the drive, go ahead and bring what you need and make an appointment or walk in to a neighboring County Clerk such as Hays or Wilson County to get the job done quickly if you don't have time on your side.
So, what do you need to show them in order to get the marriage license? Here's what they need below. It's a download so that you can download it or screenshot it for later reference.
Luckily, if you have any real time questions, they've implemented a nifty 'chat with an agent' live feature on their website. A box will pop up and you can ask them any questions that could pertain to applying, purchasing, and obtaining copies of your marriage license. The person replying actually works in the office and can help you when you need added clarification or direction. This is awesome because you can get real time updates to anything they decide to add or change. We're truly living in the virtual age! Everything you would need to know can be found at this website:
But to start off getting your license, it starts with making an appointment. If you can wait until the end of March 2021, here is where to book an appointment at:
The steps and screen grabs are provided below:
After that, you scroll down and look for the Marriage License links:
After filling out the form, you able to book your appointment.
Link to choose a date and time for appointment:
So what exactly is a marriage license? It's the legal written permission of the state that states you two are able to be married legally. For that to happen, someone has to take that license, marry you, and file it with the state within a certain time frame. This initiates the process of receiving your pretty wedding certificate in the mail. And it is pretty. Other states sometimes create plain looking marriage certificates. Just being #real lol.
100 Dolorosa, Suite 104 San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: 210-335-2216
Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Except County Holidays)
What I must tell you:
What you don't want to do, is forget to actually GET your license. The rule in Texas is that you need to wait a total of 72 hours (3 days) before making the marriage official. If you've forgotten your license in that amount of time, you'll have to work miracles or simply fake the ceremony. Nooooo.
So you've received your license and will need to find someone to make it official. Whether that be a priest, a pastor, a professional celebrant/officiant, or get a friend/family member to get ordained.
On wedding day, this person will need to be physically present and follow the official marriage laws. For example, you can't waltz down the aisle, step up to your partner and say, "I don't--just kidding, I do!" because the wedding is off. The moment you express any sort of doubt, the law says to pull the plug! Yikes!!
As far as if the laws of Texas will allow large gatherings at the moment, it's a toss up. It changes so very often. What will work today, won't work tomorrow, and that's what makes weddings so difficult in 2020.
If I were postponing the wedding, I'd have an elopement on Marriage Island on the Riverwalk with 7 of my closest family members and paid for all of us to have dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant on the river. 2022 would be my year to throw the church wedding and reception. It would give us plenty of time to save money and throw a celebration worth gathering for. But, that’s juam positively excited for when this will go back to a new normal. 2022 is going to be so sweet, I can feel it.
Toast to that,
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