Can I Get a Marriage License After Our Wedding Ceremony?

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Beach Weddings in Southern California

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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KTLA Wedding Officiants

How cool is this? KTLA was looking for officiants. I was recommended to KTLA to be the main wedding officiant for their Week of Weddings Daily I Do leading up to Valentine’s Day. I ended up officiated the non-religious weddings. Although I had to get up super early on Tuesday morning to be on KTLA’s …Click Here to Read More…

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Wedding Disasters Turning Into Wedding Fun

I’ve been the wedding officiant for many LA weddings. Sometimes weddings don’t go the way that you think they should. Wedding disasters happen. I have seen several. A sense of humor makes it much more of a wonderful memory than an angry one. I recommend that all brides and grooms have the same sort of …Click Here to Read More…

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Gay Marriage in California is Now a Reality

Yes! Gay marriage in California is now a reality. I have just been informed minutes ago that I can now issue Los Angeles County marriage licenses for gay weddings and officiate those same-sex marriages in California. I am very happy to announce that and am thrilled that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the …Click Here to Read More…

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Same Sex Marriage in California is Here to Stay

I was quite happy to learn this morning that the United States Supreme Court held that the lower court’s ruling will stand and that same sex marriage will again be permitted in California. There are two reasons that I am pleased with today’s decisions.  First, I strongly believe that all people, no matter their sexual …Click Here to Read More…

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I Heard a Funny Joke after an LA Wedding Ceremony

After I officiated an LA wedding ceremony last weekend I heard a joke a that made laugh.  As a busy LA wedding minister, people love to tell me wedding and wedding minister jokes.  Some of the jokes are very funny and some are pretty corny.  In the latter case, I have learned to give a …Click Here to Read More…