There’s a first for everything. Despite how popular cruises are, I had never been asked to do cruise ship weddings and I had never been on one before. But the time finally came. Last Friday I officiated a ceremony on a massive Carnival cruise ship (you can read more about weddings on Carnival cruises here) …Click Here to Read More…
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5 Important Tips for Planning a Sunset Wedding in Los Angeles
Ahh, Los Angeles – a city of sprawl, perfect weather, and, of course the beach. Many couple ask me if it would be a good idea to have a sunset wedding with those beautiful ocean views in the background. Drawing on my experience as a Southern California wedding officiant for over three thousand weddings, the …Click Here to Read More…
How to Incorporate Star Wars into a Wedding | Themed Wedding Ideas
Wedding Ideas Theme weddings may sound a bit silly but I have been a part of numerous Southern California weddings that were a lot more fun than I expected. At each of those unique weddings, the wedding couple decided to celebrate their union with a theme that represented something that the couple enjoyed or that …Click Here to Read More…
Private Wedding Ceremonies Downtown Los Angeles – Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
It’s always fun for me to visit downtown Los Angeles and perform all kinds of wedding ceremonies in different ways. And it’s fun to meet people in love from other parts of the world. While I was there, people were taking advantage of the slightly colder weather and enjoying the ice skating rink that was put together in Pershing Square. There’s always something going on in that active Los Angeles square. Downtown LA has become such fun in recent years, and I look forward to watching it get more exciting.
How do I find a wedding officiant near me?
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?
Here’s a very true marriage quote by Dave Willis. Please fee free to share it:
Elopements, Destination Weddings and Private Wedding Ceremonies
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.
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.
Name Change After Marriage Recommendations
Changing your name after marriage is a major life decision that can turn into a shortsighted, costly mistake. If you’re getting married, you need to read this. Click here to find out why.
Do You Get a Marriage License Before Or After The Wedding?
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?
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 am often called to a …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.
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…
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…
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, I am …Click Here to Read More…
Aristotle Love Quote
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 …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,
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. Let me explain why.
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…
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…