Hello again Private Fields,
Thanks for writing back..great to hear from you!
You are most welcome..my pleasure entirely!Thank you
for the kindness of your favorable rating! It makes my day to know that my answers have been helpful to you and your wife
. I do thank you so much for taking the time to express your appreciation with such kind words.
I'll gladly answer your additional questions, sure thing.
Yes, you can certainly do this in Ellis County. You would be looking at apply in Waxahachie, obviously a much smaller venue, which actually would be my personal preference if I had a choice. The really big counties (Tarrant, Harris, etc.) can be pretty overwhelming and impersonal. Here, however, I think y'all will very likely be surprised at how nice and accommodating the folks are, especially to a soldier
and his bride.
Since this is such a smaller county, I'm going to have to refer you to the local office to get the specifics such as fees and their particular procedures:Cindy Polley Ellis County Clerk
Everything about the substantive law still applies, with of course the waiting period being the biggest consideration. It's an outside chance, but just to cover all bases in case you speak with someone who isn't aware of the law, you might even want to print out this and have it handy for reference:Texas Family Code § 2.204
And yes, as far as the governmental side of things go, both of you just show up, prepared to show your identification and pay the fee, answer a few simple questions, and take a simple oath. That's it, very simple, takes a few minutes.
Now, as to the officiant, it's up to you who will perform the ceremony. If you want clergy, you can arrange for your choice and have them meet you (and your witnesses, friends, family, up to you) at the Courthouse. Or, you can be married by a civil officiant, which usually means Justice of the Peace. The best thing would be to decide what you want, the two of you, meaning if it's of special importance to have clergy or if a civil official will suffice. Once you decide on that, just contact the clerk's office, which you could do on Monday during business hours, and they should be able to take it from there.
Hope that helps some more...have a great weekend!