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The Island Minister TM
Rev. John Bostock Ph.D.
Anytime - Anywhere
Your Wedding on Galveston Island

(409) 256-9511

Rev. John Bostock is an ordained Englishman in Texas and takes pride in the marriage ceremonies he performs making each one as special and unique as the people he is marrying.  He offers the services of Properly Ordained Ministers  and professional excellence in performing wedding ceremonies. He is the founder and Senior Minister of Harmony Church here in Galveston.


Our ceremonies include denominational, non-denominational, interfaith, masonic, Celtic, Civil, etc. and allows the Bride and Groom to personally select special readings, scriptures, songs and add other distinctive touches.  Couples may write their own vows that will we incorporate into the ceremony.  In addition to a large variety of ceremonies, we offer special ceremonies that include The Children Ceremony for couples previously married with children, The Family Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony or Inter-faith weddings.  A Re-marriage Ceremony or a Vow renewal for married couples to have the ceremony they wished they could have had the first time or to renew the vows to each other. Also a Commitment ceremony for those that cannot have or do not wish a legal wedding.


Please complete and submit our Reservation Form to enquire about availability and fee.  Our fee is determined by where we travel to perform your ceremony.  Without a location we cannot quote you a fee or deposit amount.  Let us know if you need assistance in finding a location and we can provide you with a few suggestion.  However, we go everywhere even performing weddings on a boat or a horse and carriage or on horse back, so you are not limited to just those places that stand still! In fact the Rev. John is the very first to conduct a wedding ceremony on the Galveston - Bolivar ferry.  Please indicate in your inquiry if you need suggestions


Wedding dates are only reserved by deposit or full payment.  We cannot hold your date without at least a 50% deposit.  Deposits are non-refundable and should be made payable to Rev. John Bostock.  Once we receive your deposit or full payment, we will reserve your date and time.   Please complete the Information Form and return along with your deposit or full payment. This provides us with the information necessary to complete your reservation. Consultations are scheduled by appointment only. 

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The Marriage License

To marry in Texas you must have your Marriage License issued by a county in Texas at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the wedding ceremony (some exceptions exist, contact the Clerks office for more information).  Marriage Licenses are obtained from the County Clerk at the County Courthouse (600 59th Street in Galveston) and are good for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase.  You may purchase your Marriage License in any county and go to any other county within the State of Texas to be married.

When You Go To The Courthouse

You will need proof of your identity and age.

  • Your Texas Driver's License or your Birth Certificate.

  • You will need parental consent if you are under 18 years of age.

  • Your Divorce Decree proving that any prior marriage has been dissolved.

  • If you are from Out-of-State or do not have a Driver's License, you will need  your Social Security Card and a photo I.D.

  • If you are from another Country and want to be married in the United States, you will need to have your Passport.

  • You may appear separately or together before the County Clerk when applying for your Marriage License.

  • The County Clerk's Office is only open office hours and is closed on weekends.

  • Click here for Galveston County Clerk's information

Just Some of Our Ceremonies

% Traditional Weddings                                      % Renewal of Vows
% The Children Ceremony                                      V Christenings
% The Family Ceremony                                        V Dedications
% Interfaith Ceremonies                                        V Baptisms
% Civil non-religious Ceremony                            W Funerals
V Quinceaneras or Just a Service
% Celtic Wedding Ceremony                             

The Children Ceremony (For couples with Children From a Previous Marriage)
We offer a special Children Ceremony popular for younger children.  In addition to including them in the ceremony, it also acknowledges them and the significant role they will play in their parent's new marriage.  What a wonderful time for parents to reassure their children of how loved and important they are.  A wedding is not just the legal binding of two people together; it is also the Spiritual Bonding of two groups of people who will grow into a family.  And that is the purpose of the Children Ceremony -To marry a family instead of just a couple.

Interfaith Ceremonies
Some couples have different religious backgrounds or come from different cultures.  Many couples choose to honour and celebrate their ethnic heritage and backgrounds during their wedding ceremony.  We will assist you in creating a ceremony that respects the customs of both the Bride and Groom and their families. Some interfaith marriages require the added services of other officiants such as a Rabbi etc. Rev. John Bostock is happy to work with minister from other denominations or religions. Contact us for details.

The Celtic Ceremony
One of the specialities of the Rev. John Bostock. Can be performed in a kilt etc.

Commitment Ceremony
This ceremony is a life commitment ceremony for couples that do not wish to marry or are unable due to existing laws. This ceremony is not a legal wedding ceremony but is a nice way to commit to another person.

The Civil Ceremony
Is a nice legal but non-religious ceremony written by Rev. John Bostock with no religious content but with a sense of ceremony.


Contact Information

Send your deposit to reserve your wedding date and time to:

Rev. John Bostock Ph.D.

(409) 256-9511


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