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? ...Click Here to Read More...

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. ...Click Here to Read More...

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 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. ...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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Wedding Officiant Enjoyed his First Motorcycle Wedding

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. ...Click Here to Read More...