Monthly Archive: January 2015

A Beautiful and Elegant Color Combination for a Beautiful and Elegant Couple, by Octavio at Luminarias

Zita & Jaime got married at Luminarias in Monterey Park. We didn't get the chance to meet in person beforehand but were in constant communication through the process of designing the perfect ceremony for them.

The ceremony took place indoors in one of the ballrooms in this venue. This is a great alternative to having your ceremony outdoors since the wind and freeways can sometimes make it difficult for your guests to focus on the ceremony.

The colors they chose were black, white, and red. A very beautiful and elegant combination that went perfectly with such a beautiful and elegant couple!

Zita & Jaime I'm wishing you all the blessings in the world!!!

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Octavio performs an intimate ceremony at a private residence

Diego & Shella got married at a relative's house in Redondo Beach. We incorporated a few things into the ceremony that made it very personal to them.

While doing the Unity Candle, which only works indoors, we had a friend of theirs sing a beautiful song. Then toward the end of the ceremony I introduced Shella's daughter who played another song on the piano. Right after this 2nd beautiful song I called the witness up front to sign their marriage license right before the pronouncement of the couple. They wanted me to incorporate all these into their ceremony and I worked on where were the best times to include them.

It turned out beautiful! Shella & Diego I wish you the best of luck and all the blessings in the world!

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Alan Katz Profiled in the LBGLCC Member Feature

The Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce had me as a guest speaker in this months meeting and interviewed me for this nice profile for their newsletter.

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I recently met with Alan Katz, owner of Great Officiants for 11 years now. After speaking with him for a little while about his business, we chatted for just about an hour on life in general. Let me start by describing Alan.

Alan is like that cousin or uncle you know that has a joke about everything. I think he even had one when the topic of funerals came up. In other words, Alan is that guy that can break the ice in any situation because he is comfortable in his own skin and likes to see you smile. With a background in the entertainment industry, I can totally see why. Ever seen the movie, The Big Lebowski? (True Story) Alan is an officially ordained minister of the "Church of the Latter Day Dude" or a "Dudist Priest!"

So if you were to have him be any part of your event, having fun or getting what you want would be the least of your worries. Want traditional? He does that. Want something a little more creative, or off center? Alan is adaptable. Want a Star Wars/Harry Potter fusion wedding? Just ask to see some of his pictures 🙂

Speaking of events, that's his business. When two people get married there needs to be a licensed officiant to perform the ceremony and certify it. In addition to providing that, Great Officiants can also take care of the marriage license for you so that you don't have to go down to the City Hall and wait in line.

Need some help with securing a venue or actually planning the details of the event? Great Officiants can handle that too! They have an onsite chapel for a small, private ceremony, and several beach locations in Southern California too.

Did you know that there was a recent law change in California? If you want a confidential marriage license, you can apply for it anywhere you live instead of having to get it from the county where your ceremony will be. There are 29 officiants that work with Great Officiants: anything from the religious (Priests, Rabbis, Ministers), to the non-denominational.

They are a one stop shop for all your wedding event needs. In a wedding industry that has a lot of competition, Alan confidently asserts that "there is always someone biting at my heels, so I've just got to get bigger boots."

There are 4 services they offer:
Marriage Licenses (instead of going to the county courthouse)
Wedding Chapel (a place to have your wedding)
Wedding Officiant (perform ceremony)
Event Location and Coordination on the beach locations (full service A to Z wedding taken care of by Great Officiants)

Alan spoke at our January lunch at The Federal Bar and had a great perspective on building your business. He has over 1000 positive online reviews for Great Officiants. Imagine what it would do for your business if you had that many positive reviews online! His tip for that is to ASK for the review.

However, the methodology is important. For example a Yahoo or Google review you can give them the direct link to your page. Yelp is much different and as Alan says, "Yelp Sucks!" You'll have to direct them to Yelp.com and have them search for your business within Yelp in order to leave a review. Just make sure you're asking for a review from someone who is likely to give you a good one!

"All couples deserve the wedding of their dreams." –Alan Katz

Want to see one of his review videos from our very own Keir Jones?

Thank you Russ Marchewka for the nice story
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A Really Fun Wedding!!

Roger married a really fun couple Daniel & Lisa at the Antelope Valley Country Club, who from the very beginning wanted fun, fun fun in their wedding! They both had attended too many dry, boring weddings and they asked Roger upfront if he could make sure that did not happen! Roger told them to rest assured, that his weddings were anything but dry and boring. And Roger came through! The wedding was fun, romantic and both heart and humor filled! They both were very happy!!  They even had nice things to say on video!

Check out their video testimonial here:

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Nervous groom was able to hold it together at Calamigos ranch in Malibu

Monica and Cory got married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu today. Their wedding was wonderful, beautifully decorated and everybody looked perfect except the groom was an emotional mess. When they did the first look, he cried the most amazing happy tears I've ever seen.

When he made his way up next to me during the ceremony he told me he was going to lose it but I told him I would take care of him. I made him laugh and helped him relax and it ended up perfect.

Funny note: When they were doing the wine box and love letter ceremony they were hammering it shut and the head of the hammer fell off. I whispered to her "I hope nothing like that happens tonight"
She giggled put the hammer back together and got the nails drove in.

They kiss the most wonderful kiss at the end and made their way down the aisle. Below are some pictures and the wonderful testimonial they gave.

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Oh no! Where’s the wine box for the ceremony?

Lauren and Anthony got married today at Los Verdes Country club. Everything was going fine until we realized that they left the wine box for the wine box and love letter ceremony at home.
So thanks to the great staff at Los Verdes we improvised a new box, a bottle of wine and some empty envelopes that were used as props.

The ceremony was an amazing celebration. They had a bagpipe player. He played as the bride entered and the couple left. Just before they walked down the aisle together a little flower girl presented them with a beautifully ordained and decorated horse shoe.

This venue is a beautiful place to get married at.

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Rev. George had a great time at the Pomona Valley Mining Company

Rick and Stacey got married Friday night at the Pomona Valley Mining Company, we had a great time.

The party started at 7:00pm so everyone was there and had beverages and appetizers. We chose the middle of the dance floor in the middle of the room so everyone had a great view of the bride and groom. Speaking of great views the Pomona Valley Mining Company overlooks the valley and at night you see all the lights in the valley. The wedding was simple and elegant and the couple was relaxed and the groom cried. The staff at the venue was helpful and courteous. Rick retired from LAPD after thirty five years and met Stacey five years ago. They picked there wedding date as it was the fifth anniversary of there first date.

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