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?
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,
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
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
Feel free to share the love and marriage quotes you may find on my website. I collect them because I’m a wedding officiant. They set a tone for a wedding ceremony. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Love and Marriage Quotes Give
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 an officiant for many, many beach weddings I have seen a few problems that could
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
I recommend that all brides and grooms have the same sort of attitude that this bride and groom do. I can’t stop laughing when I watch this wedding video.
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.
As a wedding officiant I sometimes have to be the voice of diplomacy. I received the wording of a wedding ceremony from a groom yesterday via email and he titled the ceremony (made up names) “Jim and Jackie – June 1, 2013” and asked if it looked OK. I knew the groom had a sense
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
Usha and Jason chose a perfect day to be married in a last minute wedding by the fountain at the beautiful Pasadena City Hall the other day with a few wedding guests.
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.