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

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

Same Sex Marriage in California is Here to Stay

I was quite happy to learn this morning that the United States Supreme Court held that the lower court’s ruling will stand and that same sex marriage will again be permitted in California. There are two reasons that I am pleased with today’s decisions.  First, I strongly believe that all people, no matter their sexual

The Wedding Officiant Enjoyed his First Motorcycle Wedding

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.

Wedding Officiant for Los Angeles Weddings – Los Angeles Marriage License

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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:

Destination Weddings in Los Angeles

I love talking with people from other countries as I get to learn so much about the world. Since international couples typically do not know a lot about Southern California I am happy to suggest unique and fun wedding locations in various parts of Los Angeles for their ceremonies that fit the wedding couple.

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”.