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The Difference Between Officiants, Counselors, Wedding Planners and Coordinators

Posted in Wedding Ideas and Info

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 and some other roles in the wedding business.

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Tips for California Beach Weddings

Posted in Beach Weddings, Marriage Ceremonies, and Wedding Places

Now that we are full swing into summer and this is a popular time for California beach weddings, I want to mention a few things that would be extra helpful for beach weddings. Since I have been a wedding officiant for many, many beach weddings I have seen a few things that could have been prevented.

Last year I wrote a post called Los Angeles Beach Weddings Rules and Permits in Los Angeles County and gave you some legalities about California beach weddings. Now I just would like to offer some advice and point out some things about beach weddings that you weren’t aware of for California Beach Weddings

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Wedding Disasters Turning Into Wedding Fun

Posted in Funny

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 attitude that this bride and groom do. I can’t stop laughing when I watch this wedding video.     There. Didn’t that make you feel better? Maybe the grooms gift should have been a belt?   If you are getting married in LA, give me…

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Same Sex Marriage in California is Here to Stay

Posted in Marriage Ceremonies, and Marriage License

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 orientation, race, religion or any other factors should enjoy the same rights.  Second, I have found that same sex weddings are some the most heartwarming and emotional that I have the honor to officiate. I do not mean that gay couples or lesbian couples share…

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Wedding Officiant for Los Angeles Weddings – Los Angeles Marriage License

Posted in Beach Weddings, Celebrity Weddings, Destination Weddings, Elope in Los Angeles, Marriage Ceremonies, Marriage License, and Wedding Officiants

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. He often officiates beach weddings, small weddings, large weddings, celebrity weddings, destination weddings, elopements and private weddings…any kind of wedding ceremony in Southern California. You can find out more about his various weddings here at https://officiantguy.com/blog Chris Robinson, the Officiant Guy, has been on many…

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Small Weddings Can be Fun and Creative

Posted in Easy Weddings, and Wedding Officiants

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

Posted in Wedding Ideas and Info, and Wedding Style

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 never considered how many ways there are to put two names or sets of initials on a generic item. One of the softest towels in my house was part of a beach bag of gifts given to the guests of a wedding on Santa Monica…

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Don’t Wait, Get Married

Posted in Easy Weddings, Marriage Ceremonies, and Marriage License

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 or mental capacity to enter into marriage. It is my legal duty to make that call. I have a piece of advice for everyone living together:  If you have found your soul mate, marry that person. If you feel that level of affection for someone…

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I am a Wedding Minister for Deathbed Weddings

Posted in Marriage Ceremonies, Marriage License, and Wedding Officiants

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 young groom in his early twenties escorted me to the hospital entrance after I solemnized his marriage ceremony to his high school sweetheart. The bride was in the last stages of cancer that would very soon take her life. Sobbing, the groom thanked me profusely…

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Wedding Officiant for Bedside Hospital Weddings

Posted in Marriage Ceremonies, and Marriage License

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 hospital weddings occur in various situations. A bride or groom may be about to have surgery with uncertain results and they want to get married beforehand in case the surgery is unsuccessful. A couple’s health situation may simply require united insurance coverage that can only…

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Be Prepared

Posted in Chris, Wedding Etiquette, Wedding Ideas and Info, and Wedding Officiants

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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Los Angeles Beach Weddings Rules and Permits in Los Angeles County

Posted in Beach Weddings, Destination Weddings, Easy Weddings, and Wedding Places

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 an outdoor wedding on the beach in Southern California. You simply cannot just put down a canopy and chairs right next to the sunbathers on the beach to get married. Unless it’s Santa Monica, 50 people or more or large props or a significant number…

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Wedding Dogs

Posted in Wedding Ideas and Info, and Wedding Style

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.

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Wedding Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Posted in Easy Weddings, Wedding Ideas and Info, and Wedding Style

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:

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Unity Wedding Ceremonies

Posted in Beach Weddings, and Wedding Ideas and Info

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.

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Destination Weddings in Los Angeles

Posted in Beach Weddings, Destination Weddings, and Los Angeles Wedding Location Ideas

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.

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Officiants for Southern California Beach Weddings

Posted in Beach Weddings, Easy Weddings, and Los Angeles Wedding Location Ideas

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.

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Getting Married in Los Angeles: Weddings with a View

Posted in Beach Weddings, Destination Weddings, Los Angeles Wedding Location Ideas, and Wedding Places

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.

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Wedding Cupcakes for Beach Weddings

Posted in Beach Weddings, and Wedding Ideas and Info

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”.

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Twitter and Facebook for Weddings

Posted in Wedding Ideas and Info

Please feel free to click on the links below to add yourself to my social media. I would love to stay connected as I will be discussing great ideas for weddings and wedding vendors I meet. You can also post your wedding photos on my Facebook page. And, if you are having a Los Angeles area wedding, then please give me a call at (562) 547-3255. Go to my Facebook page here:   Go to my Twitter page here:   Thanks!

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Confidential Marriage License vs Public Marriage License

Posted in Easy Weddings, and 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 is protect your marriage license information from public view. As it is right now, ANYONE can view your personal information on a Public Marriage License and the county has the ability to sell that information to database companies.

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Wedding Officiant and Marriage License in Los Angeles California

Posted in Marriage License

For more information please click on Officiant   Chris Robinson is the Officiant Guy in Los Angeles, California. He is a non-denominational wedding minister, an attorney and a notary. He also has other wedding ministers on call to help couples in need of an officiant. The combination makes him a very reliable wedding professional. He officiates wedding ceremonies in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Chris is specially authorized by Los Angeles county to issue confidential marriage licenses, which is the kind of marriage license that protects your personal information from the general public. Since he can issue the license on…

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Scott Baio Wedding on Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant, Celebrity Weddings

Posted in Celebrity Weddings

I have performed many celebrity weddings but the Scott Baio wedding stands out. I am very fortunate to not only have officiated the wedding of Scott Baio and Renee Sloan for VH1’s “Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant” TV show.

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