Get married for free in February in San Antonio

Bexar County officials presiding over ceremonies free of charge

Stock photo of wedding couple. (Pixabay)

SAN ANTONIO – The coronavirus pandemic has added stress to many relationships, causing some to crumble and others to become stronger than ever.

If you were lucky enough to find love during lockdown, or are just ready to take the next step, several Bexar County officials want to help you tie the knot.

Although mass wedding ceremonies on the Bexar County Courthouse steps have been cancelled for Valentine’s Day, the county is continuing a modified tradition of free wedding ceremonies for Valentine’s Day and during the month of February.

Bexar County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark will be performing free wedding ceremonies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 on the courthouse steps every half hour. No more than two couples will be allowed per time slot. Wedding ceremonies are free but a suggested $20 donation to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter and/or the Bexar County Family Justice Center is appreciated.

Adame-Clarke will also be officiating individual wedding ceremonies on weekdays the entire month of February, as schedule permits. Couples can make an appointment by calling 210-335-2106 for all wedding ceremonies through the County Clerk’s office.

Bexar County Court 13 Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez will be performing no-cost wedding ceremonies at the County Courthouse between 9 a.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Friday during the month of February. Please call 210-335-2625 to schedule an appointment.

If you are looking to get married on Valentine’s Day, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Rogelio Lopez with support from Precinct 4 Constable Kathryn Brown and her office, will be performing walk-in weddings via Zoom between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. Weddings will be performed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Justice of the Peace Pct 4 offices at 2711 S.E. Loop 410 South. Wedding parties are limited to the bride and groom and two additional guests only. For additional information, please call 210-335-4900.

All CDC protocols will be observed, social distancing will be required, screening questions will be asked and much love will be given.

All couples must secure a marriage license at least 72 hours before the marriage ceremony may take place, except in the instances of the following exceptions:

  • If the applicants obtain a written waiver from a judge.
  • If one of the applicants is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States; the active-duty military person must show identification.
  • If the applicants submit the premarital education course certificate from Twogether in Texas.
  • If applicants are remarrying each other.

Marriage licenses can be obtained from the Bexar County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower at 101 W. Nueva St., Suite 120. The fee for a marriage license is $81 (cash or credit card only) and both applicants must provide proof of identity and age as well as their Social Security number (if any). The Clerk’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on obtaining a marriage license, call (210) 335-2223 or click here.

The San Antonio Sentinel spoke with Judge Gonzalez who said that she’s happy to offer wedding ceremonies to both LGBTQIA and heterosexual couples. “It’s time that our LGBTQIA brethren have equal access to all things legal: marriage, adoption, [and] justice.”

Call 210-335-2625 to schedule a ceremony.

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