This is a question that many couples ask who aren’t necessarily attached to a church or a pastor. Many couples I speak to would prefer to have a civil wedding (meaning non religious wedding) than a religious one. Or, for some couples, their priest or clergy are either booked or not willing to perform a wedding outside of their church. And being that we are in California, there isn’t a justice of the peace that you can go to. So what do you do?
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I officiate many destination weddings for couples who come from all over the United States and from all over the world. One of the major reasons couples like to get married her in California is that we have a unique marriage license called a California Confidential Marriage License…Most of the destination weddings that I perform take place on a beach, and there are many beaches in Southern California to choose from.
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.
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Do you need a marriage license before or after the wedding? Can you change the date on the marriage license? How can I get a marriage license in Southern California?
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 am often called to a
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.
There are two types of marriage licenses in California, and there are two ways that the wedding license can be issued.
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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.
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
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, I am
Go ahead and share this Aristotle love quote set to a photo that I took on the beach in Malibu after a Malibu beach wedding. It’s true, isn’t it? “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ~Aristotle He was a wise man. Share this meme. And if you need a Malibu beach
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,
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
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
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
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
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. Let me explain why.
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
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”.
It happened again. I was astounded, but it does happen frequently to me as a wedding officiant. I was contacted by a couple this week who had been living together for decades. They lived many years together and then suddenly, there was a cancer diagnosis, and I was called when the bride was in the
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
I’d like to congratulate LGBTQ couples and let you know that I’m available to be your wedding officiant immediately.
After thousands of weddings, I can now say that I have been the wedding officiant for a marriage ceremony while the bride and groom were sitting on a motorcycle.