Sunday, April 19, 2015

Orange County Wedding Officiants

Many civilians are authorized to perform weddings in some states but not in California. Yes, you CAN do it; you send away for a Universal Life Church ordination by mail.

If you do a friend's ceremony, then a guest at his wedding will probably ask you to do hers; it'll grow from there, and before you know it you'll have performed multiple other ceremonies since. It should be considered an honor to be part of this extra-ordinarily special and exciting time in couples' lives.

(The only dogma of the Universal Life Church is the Golden Rule, which is a part of almost every major religion in the world.)

The Ceremony

All that the law requires is that you each say that you want to marry the other. Therefore, although many wedding officiants Orange County will have a civil (non-religious) ceremony that they usually use, they will be happy to work with you to select the special wording you should have for this very special event in your lives. It can and should be just what you both want. Orange County wedding officiants will be happy to include special rituals from other religions, cultures and backgrounds and have often combined these with more traditional ceremonies. Again, the ceremony should be just what you want. Wedding officiants will be pleased to make it so.

You must have a marriage license, and you must bring it with you to the ceremony. For Orange County call the Orange County Recorder's Office at: (714) 834-2500 at any time for a recording which gives complete information about marriage licenses. You can also watch the video below for a tutorial on how to get your Orange County Marriage License:

Places to Wed

There are many beautiful places to get married in Orange County. The Courthouse grounds located at 211 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701, the beaches and the parks are free. All of the photographs on this website are views from or views of lovely sites for weddings.

A private home and a private garden are also available. There are numerous other locations such as hotels, your own or a friend's home, bed and breakfast inns and other sites available for rent. Be sure to check out our OC Wedding Directory for a truly exhaustive list of venues throughout Orange County!


The typical officiant's fee is based on the amount of time involved, so it depends on the circumstances of your wedding - how big it is, how far from South Orange County, whether you want to meet with the wedding officiant, and any other items that may add to the time. For a basic, simple wedding at the Orange County Courthouse the average fee is $150. That covers whatever is needed in phone calls or e-mails to prepare the language of the ceremony you want, the performance of the ceremony itself and the filing of the marriage license.

Getting married is one of the most joyous occasions you'll experience. You'll remember your wedding day the rest of your life, but you shouldn't have to pay off the expense of it until then, too! As your wedding officiant, the reverend is committed to providing you with a quality ceremony that reflects not only your secular or spiritual beliefs, but also your budget. You shouldn't have to compromise elegance, style, and quality for the sake of affordability!

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