Private Wedding Ceremonies and Elopements in Southern California

Couples will often travel from around the USA and from all over the world to get married in a California destination wedding because they don’t want anyone to know about their wedding or they want to keep their personal information private. I get it. I suggest it. The bonus is that they travel to sunny Southern California for a beautiful wedding in an incredible place. ...Click Here to Read More...

How to Get Married While in the Hospital

I am often asked by couples how to get married while in the hospital. I can definitely help you by issuing a marriage license in any hospital in Southern California and officiating a wedding ceremony on a moment’s notice. I am always prepared to help you get married easily. I’m an attorney as well, so ...Click Here to Read More...

Civil Ceremony Officiant Southern California

A civil ceremony is something I’m known for. Even though technically, I’m a wedding minister and specially authorized marriage license issuer, I’m also an attorney and am pretty well-versed in the laws and regulations of the County and the State in regards to marriage and marriage licenses. So even though there is no such thing in California as a justice of the peace, I’m about as close as you can get to one. ...Click Here to Read More...

How Much Does a Marriage License Cost in Los Angeles, California

There are two types of marriage licenses in California, and there are two ways that the wedding license can be issued. There’s the easy way & the hard way. …Click Here to Read More… ...Click Here to Read More...

Can I Get a Marriage License After Our Wedding Ceremony?

Many times in the past couples have asked me to issue their marriage license after their wedding ceremony took place with another officiant. I can do that, however, you would need to have yet another wedding ceremony thereafter. It is required by California law that you purchase a marriage license before your legal wedding ceremony. ...Click Here to Read More...

Quickie Wedding – Get Married Instantly in Los Angeles

This is that time of year when couples who intend to eventually marry are thinking that it might be a great idea to elope or get a quickie wedding to save on their income taxes next year. You see, if you get married any time in this year, the IRS considers you married for the ...Click Here to Read More...

When You Forgot to Get a Marriage License Before Your Wedding

You forgot to get a marriage license? Don’t panic. Marriage is, technically, a legal contract. And so a wedding ceremony has some requirements. The most important legal requirement is that you need get a marriage license before your wedding ceremony takes place. That’s just the law and a legal detail that needs to be fulfilled ...Click Here to Read More...

Is a Prenuptial Agreement a Good Idea?

As an officiant, I am often asked about prenuptial agreements, whether they are a good idea or if I can create one for my clients. As an attorney, I can tell you that any contract is a good idea since it’s laying out the rules in advance of any possible future disagreement. However, as a ...Click Here to Read More...

How to Have a Wedding Without a Ceremony in California

I am often asked by couples that want to be married, “How can we have a wedding without a ceremony in California?” or “Look, we just want to be married but we don’t want a wedding ceremony.” And it’s a simple response, “You can’t.” By law, you must first acquire a marriage license. I can ...Click Here to Read More...

Top 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ask a Friend to Officiate Wedding Ceremony

Are you totally sure you want your friend to officiate your wedding? It happened again. I got a frantic email recently from a friend who was asked by his friend to officiate their wedding ceremony. He was freaking out and didn’t know what to do. He didn’t really want to “work” the wedding, but he didn’t ...Click Here to Read More...

Officiants Who Mess Up the Marriage License

CALL (310) 882-5039 or (562) 547-3255 I have been authorized by the LA Registrar Recorder – County Clerk to issue California confidential marriage licenses for many years. Not only am I a wedding officiant, but I am a specialized notary public.  To maintain that status I am required to take a class every year and pass ...Click Here to Read More...

Beach Weddings in Southern California

Southern California is the idyllic beach wedding sort of place. There are miles of beaches in Los Angeles County extending from Malibu all the way down to Long Beach and in Orange County, from Seal Beach to San Clemente.  I have been the officiant at many beach weddings and offer various pieces of advice that ...Click Here to Read More...

A Wise Marriage Quote to Share

Marriage Quote “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” by James Dobson   True love is the big question that almost every couple wonders about, but when you know that you have found your true mate their is no doubt. Love is ...Click Here to Read More...

The Downside of Destination Weddings Overseas

I often marry couples who plan to have that cool destination wedding in another country right before or after their faux wedding ceremony because there’s a big downside to destination weddings overseas. As romantic as an overseas wedding sounds, it can be a bureaucratic nightmare. Most of the couples I marry find this out and contact ...Click Here to Read More...

The Difference Between Officiants, Counselors, Wedding Planners and Coordinators

I get many calls from brides and grooms every week who are confused as to what my role as a wedding officiant is. The wedding industry has many different people who work in different capacities. In this blog post, I hope to clarify what the difference is between officiants, counselors, wedding planners and wedding coordinators ...Click Here to Read More...

Sunset Weddings on the Beach in Southern California

There are few scenes more beautiful than the horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.  Naturally, many wedding couples plan their beach wedding at sunset so the stunning multi-colored panorama of sunset setting into the water or disappearing into clouds can be the back drop to their exchange of vows.  Such a wedding ceremony can be ...Click Here to Read More...

Poetry, Sort of, at an LA Wedding

At a recent small LA wedding a wedding guest had his own unique spin on wedding poetry that left everyone speechless. I was the wedding officiant for a marriage where the groom was from the South and the bride was from Mexico and, as part of their ceremony, they asked their wedding guests to offer ...Click Here to Read More...

Fun at a Wedding Money Dance

One of the funnest parts of my job as a busy Los Angeles wedding officiant is that I get to meet people from all over the world and learn about their wedding traditions.  I recently had the privilege to marry a couple with Armenian heritage and, after their ceremony, they celebrated with the “money dance”. ...Click Here to Read More...

Tips for California Beach Weddings

Now that summer is in full swing and this is a popular time for California beach weddings, I want to mention a few things that will be very helpful for those of you planning beach weddings.  Since I have been a wedding officiant for many, many beach weddings I have seen a few problems that ...Click Here to Read More...