So you decided to marry, but one of you is incarcerated. While it won’t be the wedding of your dreams, we can make it happen; I have been cleared to perform prison weddings since 2015. Since I have a lot of people asking me “what do I have to do?” and “what will it cost” I decided on this blog post. This admin message from the TDCJ explains the whole process http://tdcj.state.tx.us/documents/policy/AD0342.pdf and will need to be followed to the letter.
Here are some tips to help out:
You won’t get to do what you want. My elopement ceremony and maybe a personal reading to each other is probably all that will be allowed. You are limited in time to 30 minutes maximum. Rings are not authorized for incarcerated people.
Be prepared for sticker shock. While my rate is always the weekday elopement (currently $150) rate, there is the matter of mileage as most units are far away. You will find that it will be around the price of plane fare and a rental car. There may be someone closer to you, but it may take some digging and I encourage budget conscious people to look closer to the unit.
The incarcerated must be eligible for visitation. Proxy weddings are no longer authorized.
The incarcerated party has to set up the wedding. This requires filing an I-60 InmateRequesttoan Officialform. He/she also has to fill out an absentia form so you can pick up the marriage license. The outside partner is responsible for obtaining the license.
DO NOT get your license prior to filing the paperwork, and preferably after you have a date set. Your marriage license is only good for 90 days.
Unlike other weddings where payment secures your date, I don’t take payment until you have a date and I am sure I can do your wedding. Once you have your date booked and I can do it, then payment will be due in full.
The link above gives all the details of what needs to be done. I am on file in Huntsville, so should you decide to hire me my name can be used with no issue. Hope this helps you and your beloved in planning your wedding day.
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