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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…

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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…

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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…

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Tips for California Beach Weddings

Now that summer is in full swing and this is a popular time for California beach weddings, I want to mention a few things that will be very helpful for those of you planning beach weddings.  Since I have been a wedding officiant for many, many beach weddings I have seen a few problems that …Click Here to Read More…

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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…

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Wedding Disasters Turning Into Wedding Fun

I’ve been the wedding officiant for many LA weddings. Sometimes weddings don’t go the way that you think they should. Wedding disasters happen. I have seen several. A sense of humor makes it much more of a wonderful memory than an angry one. I recommend that all brides and grooms have the same sort of …Click Here to Read More…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Los Angeles Beach Weddings Rules and Permits in Los Angeles County

LA Beach Weddings 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 …Click Here to Read More…

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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.