Is backdating a check illegal
Of all the worries you may have, do not worry if the wedding is "legal" if you have a marriage license and marry within the time frame of the license (at least 72 hours after it was issued, but within 30 days).Still other couples will opt only for a religious/spiritual ceremony - or a non-religious personal commitment marriage ceremony - without a marriage license.You may obtain your marriage license at any County Clerks office anywhere in the State of Texas.You do NOT have to obtain your license for the county in which you live or in the county were the marriage will be conducted.If under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign permission.
However, the government can no more outlaw a minister or priest from conducting a marriage ceremony without government sanction than it could outlaw baptisms, confirmations or any other religious ceremony.
However most of these (not all) will sign a government marriage license if asked to.
Many Hindu priests actually refuse to sign a government license - and our officiates have been asked to join into such ceremonies in a "civil" role because the couple also wants the marriage to be recognized by the government.
Any person can make any personal commitment they wish to another person, and some same couples essentially create all the elements of a marriage by having a personal commitment (marriage) ceremony - only without a marriage license.
Some will use a minister willing to officiate such a ceremony.