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...

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...

Quickie Wedding – Get Married Instantly in Los Angeles

This is that time of year when couples who intend to eventually marry are thinking that it might be a great idea to elope or get a quickie wedding to save on their income taxes next year. You see, if you get married any time in this year, the IRS considers you married for the ...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...

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...

I Heard a Funny Joke after an LA Wedding Ceremony

After I officiated an LA wedding ceremony last weekend I heard a joke a that made laugh.  As a busy LA wedding minister, people love to tell me wedding and wedding minister jokes.  Some of the jokes are very funny and some are pretty corny.  In the latter case, I have learned to give a ...Click Here to Read More...

Fun “Great Gatsby” Themed Wedding

Yesterday I had the honor of being the wedding officiant at the marriage ceremony of Ana and John at a fun venue near the Los Angeles Airport called the Proud Bird.  The Proud Bird has an airplane theme and several old military jets decorate the parking lot and the lawns surrounding the restaurant. Ana and ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Officiant for Los Angeles Weddings – Los Angeles Marriage License

Check out the wedding video that I just posted to YouTube. We had a bit of fun making it. Here’s what our video says: https://www.OfficiantGuy.com Give Officiant Guy a call today at (310) 882-5039 or (562) 547-3255. Officiant Guy is simply the best wedding officiant in Los Angeles. He has officiated thousands of wedding ceremonies. ...Click Here to Read More...

This Wedding Officiant Reads Some Beautiful Words

As a Los Angeles wedding officiant I get to meet people from all over the world on one of the happiest days of their life. Last weekend I had the pleasure to officiate an intimate private wedding for a young British couple who decided to elope while they were visiting Los Angeles. At the conclusion of their wedding ceremony they asked me to read a passage from “The House at Pooh Corner” by A.A. Milne. ...Click Here to Read More...

Small Weddings Can be Fun and Creative

One of the best things about being a very busy wedding officiant in Los Angeles is that I get to meet people from all over the world to participate in a very intimate occasion. Many couples get very creative with their ceremony of marriage. And the smaller the wedding the more unique and creative the bride and groom can be. ...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...

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...

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...

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...

Valentine’s Day Wedding – Officiant in Malibu

P and W (I issued a confidential marriage license for their private wedding ceremony) were married on beautiful Point Dume Beach in Malibu just before sunset. Before we arrived an unknown stranger, perhaps another wedding couple, left a a beautiful heart made of flower petals. To top it all off, a couple of dolphins played in the ocean behind me as they exchanged their vows. ...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...

What is a Confidential Marriage License in California?

From my many years of experience as an attorney, a specialized notary, a wedding officiant and a married man, I highly recommend a California confidential marriage license. Why? Well, there are many reasons, and mainly it’s about privacy. In today’s world of identity theft and telemarketing, I strongly recommend it. It will protect your personal information and that of your parents. Yes, it’s true. ...Click Here to Read More...

What is a Wedding Officiant?

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I am a wedding officiant. I usually get that quizzical look and then the question: “Uh, what is a wedding efficient?” “No, no. A wedding oh-fish-ee-ant,” I say, enunciating. Almost everyone I have said “wedding officiant” to doesn’t know that my profession exists. You can call me whatever you want – – wedding minister, wedding clergy, wedding official, marriage officiant, wedding officiate, ceremony officiant, humanist officiant, celebrant, that guy who marries people, officiant dude- – anything. That’s okay. It’s more important that you know what I can do for you. I can help you get married in Southern California, easily. In addition, I can issue you a marriage license. I save you time and hassle and can accommodate any type of wedding ceremony or wedding requests. I’m here to help. ...Click Here to Read More...

Destination Weddings in Southwest Airlines Magazine

From Spirit, September 2007 officiant recommendatons: “You could do . . . a California terrace overlooking the sea (check out Officiant Guy, who covers the waterfront of SoCal at officiantguy.com).” ...Click Here to Read More...