Welcome to the former Republic of the Rio Grande! As you walk out in the streets of Laredo, you will spy a burgeoning border town with a storied past and a bright future. The heritage of the city is on display everywhere, from the old cathedrals to new boutiques, and of course some of the best Mexican food you can find north of the border. Read on to familiarize yourself with the technical details of the ceremony, including how to get your officiant ordained.
American Marriage Ministries is here to help you get set up with what you need. First step: get ordained! It only takes a few minutes and it doesn’t cost a thing.
Now that the easy part is done, it’s time to do some prep work. We have a great wedding training page that offers an extensive library of information to help prepare for the ceremony, including sample scripts, brainstorming prompts, and some officiant tips and tricks.
The couple is responsible for obtaining the marriage license, but it is the officiant’s job to return the license to the county clerk’s office after the ceremony is complete. You have 30 days from the date of the ceremony (or 90 days from the date of issuance, whichever comes first) to return the signed license, although the sooner the better!
After you’ve officiated the ceremony and signed and returned the marriage license, your duties as an officiant are complete.
Both members of the couple must be present to apply in person at the Webb County Clerk’s Office, located at 1110 Victoria St., Suite 201. You will need:
Issuance Office: Webb County Clerk’s Office, 1110 Victoria St., Suite 201, Laredo, TX 78040
Waiting Period: 3 Days
Expiration: 90 Days
Return: Within 30 days by officiant
If history is your bag, Laredo is the perfect spot to hang up the boots and get hitched. The San Augustin de Loredo historic district offers buildings and tales from a city that has continued unabated under the flags of seven different sovereign states, going all the way back to 1755.
At Los Patios, you’ll find magical décor, with access to both inside and outside areas, a modern-day barn, and, believe it or not, two mint condition Rolls Royces for photo ops. If you’re thinking of going a little more big, Texas style, you can check out Paseo Real, which has so much glamor it looks like it’s right out of a wedding catalogue.
Everything in Texas is spread out, and Laredo is no exception, so you’ll be best off if you have a vehicle or a rental. Laredo International Airport has connecting flights to nearby hubs like Dallas and Las Vegas.
Although not quite as arid as other parts of south Texas, it’s still south Texas, so expect hot summers and mild, dry winters.
There is a three day (72-hour) waiting period after obtaining the license and getting married. If you are active duty military, you are exempt from this waiting period.
Yes, a legal ceremony will need to have at least four people: the two getting married, the officiant, and a witness.