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...

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...

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...

Ideas for Wedding Favors

If you are getting married, I’m sure that you are looking for ideas for wedding favors. Many wedding couple’s give their guests a gift or a memento of their wedding.  Some are very hip and useful.  Some are kitschy and cheesy.  Some are just plain weird.  I’ve seen a fascinating variety of wedding souvenirs.  I ...Click Here to Read More...

Airport Elopement Ceremony

I married a couple on St. Patrick’s Day in an elopement ceremony in the Encounter Restaurant at LAX. I’ve performed many airport marriages in the past which is a unique kind of destination wedding. In fact, USA Today wrote a story about me and airport marriages. They flew in the morning, ate lunch, and met ...Click Here to Read More...

Don’t Wait, Get Married

As a minister for weddings in the Los Angeles area, I’ve seen so much frustration and sorrow when a couple hopes, at the last possible moment, to get married. Too often I have had to deny such sincere requests for a marriage ceremony because one of the hopeful spouses does not have the required frame of mind ...Click Here to Read More...

I am a Wedding Minister for Deathbed Weddings

There are very sad moments in my otherwise happy career.  At a death bed wedding the joy of true love and the immense pain of love lost collide.  I’ve been a wedding minister now for many years and some of my most memorable moments as a wedding minister have been at death bed weddings. A ...Click Here to Read More...