What day is it? Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it? Heart Daaaay! Okay, that’s not how the original commercial goes, and Valentine’s Day isn’t on Wednesday this year, but you get the idea.
In case you haven’t gathered yet, and aren’t rolling your eyes or gagging a little bit with every jewelry or chocolate commercial that comes on, this week culminates, on Friday, February 14, with Valentine’s Day.
If you are happily single, have a great Friday! If you are in a relationship and were already planning on getting married but had not firmed up details or weren’t really sure what you wanted to do, here’s an option: get married on Valentine’s Day for free and use the rest of the money you saved up for the honeymoon!
Since 1989, Reverend Joe Sullivan has been performing free group wedding ceremonies on the north side of the Bexar County Courthouse, at 100 Dolorosa St. This year is no exception. The first service will be at 12:01 a.m. (which means early Friday morning or late Thursday night, however you roll), and the other four services will be at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Rev. Sullivan signs the marriage licenses after the ceremonies, and files them with the clerk’s office within a week.
Hundreds of couples take advantage of this group ceremony every year. Applicants must purchase a marriage license at least 72 hours before their ceremony for a cash-only fee of $81. The licenses can be requested in the Paul Elizondo Tower of the Bexar County Clerk’s Office, at 101 W. Nueva St. Both participants must bring proof of identity and age, and must provide a Social Security number, if any.
The 72-hour waiting period does not apply to active-duty military, those with certificates showing they completed a state-approved premarital education course, or those with a judge’s order waiving the 72-hour waiting period.
Rev. Sullivan keeps his ceremonies light and loving, last year advising couples to “practice forgiveness. It is a healing process,” he said. “It’ll give you good nights.”
Some couples go the whole nine in their wedding attire, some wear matching t-shirts and shoes. But he knows “it doesn’t matter where you live, what kind of clothes you wear, what car you drive. It’s love all wrapped up in a beautiful package.” Rev. Sullivan addressed the crowd before proceeding with the wedding vows last year, concluding with his wish that “every one of you be breathtakingly happy.”