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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

So we have chosen South Padre Island for the beach wedding of our dreams. What is your next step?

Most importantly, you will want to “Save the Date”. Your first step is to choose one of our wedding packages. Next select additional options like seating, bridal bouquet and wedding officiate. Use the Date Selector to choose a date and check availability. Be sure to include your phone number and email address. Once we’ve received your order, we will confirm availability and contact you either by phone or email to discuss your wedding date and details. In the case that your date is unavailable, please have an alternate dates in mind to choose from as we may provide suggestions from our available dates. Next, you must secure your date by submitting your deposit. This deposit is non-refundable but is applied to the overall cost of your ceremony package- your date will not be saved until deposit is received. As soon as your deposit is received, we will notify you by e-mail with an attached proposal for your review and your wedding contract agreement that will require both the bride and groom’s signatures.

Do your packages include Day of Coordination?

BeachWeb.com is able to provide a Day of Coordinator for an additional fee.

Where will our beach ceremony be held?

In the state of Texas, all beaches are accessible to the public. We will help you determine the best location for your ceremony depending on your ceremony details. Please remember that because all Texas beaches are public, we cannot guarantee a private ceremony. If you would rather a more private ceremony remember to consider your date carefully. Depending on the time of year, our beaches can be extremely busy.

We will be staying at a condo on the Island, can we hold our ceremony there?

Certainly, as long as you’ve already notified them and have obtained permission to do so. This applies to condos as well as hotels or beach houses.

Will our beach ceremony be on a reserved part of the beach away from other people?

Texas beaches are public. Therefore we cannot reserve a particular area on the beach. You can expect beachgoers to be on the beach and in the surrounding areas where your ceremony will be held, especially during peak seasons, holidays and weekends. We will however make sure your ceremony is conducted in an area best suited for your group.

Who will perform our beach wedding ceremony?

BeachWed.com can provide an officiant in all their packages. Our officiants are Ordained Ministers able to perform all types of ceremonies such as; traditional, non-denominational, non-religious, interfaith, intercultural, pop-culture themed, and commitment ceremonies to name a few.

Can we bring our own Minister/Officiant?

Yes, you may. Your officiant however, must be an ordained minister or Justice of the Peace in the State of Texas.

May we write our own vows?


May we bring our own photographer?

Sure you may. Please remember to make sure your photographer is a true professional as your wedding photos are a one-time-only event.

What About?

Rain, Cancellations & Payments

What if it rains on our wedding day?

South Padre Island boasts beautiful tropical weather almost year-round but also gets its share of rain and the sort. In case the weather is not favorable to conduct an outdoor ceremony, it is the responsibility of the bride and groom to have another location chosen for back-up purposes. We are prepared to provide suggestions as we see appropriate with any given scenario.

What happens if our ceremony must be postponed?

Should your ceremony date be postponed we will allow change as long as it is within one year of the original date. In the case that the date must be changed a second time or more, the first deposit is forfeited to BeachWed.com and a new deposit will be required to secure a new date.

What happens if we have to cancel our wedding?

If this should occur we ask for cancellation to be made in writing via email. Remember all deposits are non-refundable. However, payments made in full at booking will be refunded the appropriate difference according to costs incurred towards wedding ceremony as long as you are canceling outside of thirty days before your date. Any cancellations made within thirty days of your date will not be refunded monies.

Why are deposits non-refundable?

Deposits made to BeachWed.com are non-refundable because your date has been reserved especially for your ceremony. Valuable time has already been invested in preparation for your ceremony and it is likely that other couples have been turned away due to your booking this date. Although this date is now open there are no guarantees we will re-book the cancelled date.

What type of payment do you accept?

WE accept all major credit cards, cashier’s checks, money orders and Paypal. We also accept personal checks but wedding date will only be saved after check clears. Checks should be made to BeachWed.com, PO Box 3937, South Padre Island, Texas, 78597.

The most important stuff

Getting a Marriage License

What must we do to obtain a marriage license in Texas?

In Texas, a marriage license can be obtained by visiting any Texas County Clerks’ office. The nearest one to South Padre Island is just across the causeway in Port Isabel Texas- only two miles away! It is located in the Judge Benito Ochoa III Cameron County Annex Building at 500 Texas 100, Port Isabel TX 78578.

Marriage applicants must provide one of these documents as proof of age and identity;

Birth Certificate (from any country).
Certificate of Naturalization.
Certificate of Citizenship.
Driver’s license.
State ID- from any state (government issue only).
Military ID.
Passport -A current U.S. or foreign country passport.
Resident Alien Card.
Border Crossing Card.
A current consular document issued by the state or national government (Matricula Consular).
Applicants must wait 72 hrs immediately after marriage license is issued to proceed with ceremony. For more details regarding marriage license requirements visit http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/countyclerk/marriage.htm or call Judge Benito Ochoa’s office at 956-943-2520.

Can we get our marriage license by mail?

No, not in Texas.

Who will file our marriage license after the ceremony?

Your officiant or Justice of the Peace will file your marriage license for you.