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...

Wedding Officiant for Bedside Hospital Weddings

When I became a wedding officiant I never expected to officiate bedside weddings. Bedside weddings typically join a couple who have been with each other for a significant period of time and had vague plans to get married but sudden health issues require an immediate marriage ceremony. It is often a very bittersweet experience. Bedside ...Click Here to Read More...

Marriage License and Marriage Certificate Precision

Too often I am called from many a couple to correct a problem created by another wedding minister filling out the Marriage Certificate at the bottom of the marriage license in Los Angeles County. Many wedding ministers are either careless or simply do not know how important it is to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office that their marriage licenses are completely accurate. One typo, one cross-out, one letter off, one date incorrect, one nickname instead of a birth name, even using ink that is not dark enough can mess things up in a big way. It’s not like a check where you can initial a mistake. ...Click Here to Read More...

Getting Married in LA? – The Perfect Destination Wedding

Are you getting married, perhaps on a whim, and don’t know exactly where you would like to have your marriage ceremony? Why not have a fun destination wedding in sunny Southern California? ...Click Here to Read More...

Oops! I Think I Just Swallowed a Fly.

As we wedding officiants have found, anything can happen at a wedding.  Sometimes it is funny, sometimes it is frustrating but it is almost always unpredictable and memorable.  Whether it is a couple who decides to consummate their marriage vows before I depart their private elopement ceremony or a bride’s sister who gives a peep ...Click Here to Read More...

Be Prepared

Simply Bridal has some great tips for your wedding ceremony day so you and your bridesmaids and groomsmen will not be caught unprepared at your wedding ceremony. Some of their suggestions, like water, are very appropriate for summer weddings and outdoor marriage ceremonies, especially if you are getting married in Southern California during the summer. Ironically, one of their suggestions, alcohol, often causes the need for some of the others (eye drops, painkillers, spot remover, breath mints). Most do not apply if a couple has opted for marriage in the nude which I have encountered a few times as a wedding officiant. ...Click Here to Read More...

Confidential Marriage License vs Public Marriage License

I’d like to clarify some misconceptions about a Confidential Marriage License vs. a Public Marriage License. Many people I talk to think that the Confidential Marriage License is not a valid license, but that is not the case. The only thing that a Confidential Marriage License does it protect your marriage license information rom public view. ...Click Here to Read More...

Fun Family Small Wedding in the San Fernando Valley

Yesterday I had the honor to issue the marriage license and to be the wedding officiant at the family only small wedding ceremony of beautiful Datchanee and her groom, Jim. Their ceremony was in their front yard on an absolutely beautiful day in late February. I love Southern California weddings! ...Click Here to Read More...

Officiant: What Is It And How Do You Pronounce It?

An officiant is one of the number of individuals who can legally perform a marriage ceremony for a wedding couple. The legal term for the performing of a marriage ceremony is “solemnization”. Thus, an officiant can “solemnize”your marriage. ...Click Here to Read More...

Hugh Hefner Wedding Officiant at the Playboy Mansion

On New Years Eve I had honor to be the wedding officiant for Hugh Hefner and his beautiful bride, Crystal Harris, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.   What a blast that was. Crystal was beautiful in her light pink wedding dress and Hef, uncharacteristically, wore a tuxedo instead of his silk pajamas.  It was nice ...Click Here to Read More...

Los Angeles Beach Weddings Rules and Permits in Los Angeles County

Many people who have a beach wedding in Los Angeles County forget that the beach is a public place (aside from Malibu’s private beaches) and governed by Los Angeles County rules, as well as the individual city rules. It’s important to know what the beach wedding rules are in order to have an outdoor wedding on the beach in Southern California ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Dogs

It is a great wedding idea for many couples to include their children in their wedding ceremonies. But for dog lovers, their “children” are their dogs. And so, of course, this kind of wedding couple will tend to include them in the wedding. I’ve officiating many weddings where the wedding dogs are either a best man, a greeter, a ring bearer or just plain hanging out. It’s very sweet and humorous to see a dog in a tuxedo. ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s that time of year here in Southern California when the temperatures are very high and yet, the most popular time for weddings is summer. The temperature has reached in the hundreds which can be incredibly uncomfortable for many wedding guests (I should know as I wear a suit and tie when I am a wedding minister). Here are some summer wedding tips to help your wedding guests beat the heat: ...Click Here to Read More...

Unity Wedding Ceremonies

Many bridal couples choose to include a symbolic unity ceremony on their wedding day. Whether you prefer a unity candle ceremony or a unity sand ceremony, the sentiment is the same. Both wedding ceremonies offer a symbolic way to celebrate the joining of the groom and the bride into new and inseparable marital community. ...Click Here to Read More...

Destination Weddings in Los Angeles

Once they are home in Germany after their honeymoon trip up the California coast I will be assisting them in acquiring Apostilles from the California Secretary of State’s office so they can have proof of their marriage for international purposes. My attorney skills help many of my international couples navigate through the legal system. I am always happy to help any couple have the most care free and wedding experience possible. ...Click Here to Read More...

Officiants for Southern California Beach Weddings

There is nothing more quintessentially Southern Californian than a beach wedding. Miles and miles of beautiful California coastline and consistently great weather make it an easy choice to get married with your feet in the sand and the waves lapping at the shore. ...Click Here to Read More...

Getting Married in Los Angeles: Weddings with a View

Getting married in Los Angeles is filled with many great choices. Palos Verdes offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views of any place in Southern California. And the amazing view from La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates is one of the most dramatic. ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Cupcakes for Beach Weddings

At a recent Malibu wedding that would have been a beach wedding had the weather behaved, the bride and groom, a couple of beach lovers, took a whimsical approach and made wedding cupcakes for their guests. This is a wedding cake trend that is lots of fun and very casual. I love the nicknames that they chose for the wedding cupcakes. Here’s to a long and happy life for “Gidget” and “Moondoggie”. ...Click Here to Read More...

Beach Weddings in Los Angeles, A Casual Affair

Here’s a twist to beach weddings in Los Angeles I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did officiating it. Jamie and Christian know how to start off on the right foot. I was their wedding officiant for a 7am wedding ceremony last Saturday morning before they ran a 5K race in Long Beach. ...Click Here to Read More...