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How to Get Copies of Your Marriage License and Change Your Name After You are Married

You Just Got Married…..Now What?

The marriage license is your permission to be married, when you provide it to your Officiant on the day of the wedding (free of any stains or wrinkles); your Officiant will sign and file the license with the county. Your Officiant is required to return the license to the county where it was issued within 10 days of the ceremony.

To Get Copies of your Marriage Record

FOR LA COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES

If you Obtained your marriage license from the LA County Clerk’s Office and you pre-ordered the certified copies the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks. If you did not pre-order them they will be available for pickup in 6 weeks.

If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form along with a check to the county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at the county’s website.

If one of our notaries issued you the marriage license and the appropriate check was attached to the request forms the county will mail them to you within 8 weeks.

ORANGE- SAN BERNARDINO-RIVERSIDE-SAN DIEGO-VENTURA & OTHER COUNTIES

The copies should be available for you to pick up in 3-4 weeks.

If you want them mailed to you, you can fill out a request for marriage record form along with a notarized certificate of identity form and a check payable to that county for $15 for each copy. These forms are available online at each county’s website.

SPECIAL NOTES

Once your license is submitted to the County, your Officiant and Great Officiants has no access to the documents. If you have pre-ordered them and have not received them after 8 weeks, please do not contact Great Officiants. First, please contact the LA County Clerk at (562) 462-2189 to check the status or If you obtained them in a different county, contact the county clerk’s office where you obtained the license.

The county will ask you for your marriage license #, this can be found on line 25e of your customer copy if provided. If your county does not provide you with a customer copy. Please make a copy of your marriage license for your records.

If the county needs the officiant and/or the notary to make corrections with a duplicate or amendment, we will do our best to guide thru this process. If there are any other issues we will quickly help you resolve the issue to the best of our abilities.

How to Change Your Name

Once you receive the certified copies from the county clerk’s office you can then start the name change process.

You must first go to Social Security (SSA) and then to the DMV. See below for further instructions.

  • To change your name at SSA:
    • You must fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card. The application may be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
    • Take your application and documents to your local Social Security office.
    • You must show the required documents:
      • Recorded Marriage Certificate (not the customer copy)
      • Current form of ID: a U.S. State ID, U.S. Driver’s License, OR U.S. Passport.
    • Please also note: If you have not already established U.S. citizenship with SSA, you will need to show proof of this; SSA will accept the following as proof of citizenship: original U.S. birth certificate OR U.S. passport.
  • To change your name on your driver’s license or ID you will need to visit your local DMV office and:
  • Complete a Driver License or ID card Application (Form DL 44).
    • Get the form in person at the DMV or have it mailed to you by calling (800) 777-0133.
  • Provide your marriage certificate as your proof of name change.
  • Surrender your old CA driver’s license or ID.
  • You will also need to pay a fee of $27 or $29.
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What is the difference between a public and a confidential marriage license?


So it’s time to get married and you have to make a choice of getting a confidential marriage license or a public marriage license.

Let me break down the difference between the two so you can make an educated choice.

First off both public and confidential marriage licenses have the same effect, you’re married! They’re both just as legal and enforceable for any use and need.

A public marriage license requires one or two witnesses to sign the marriage license. The license is recorded and made a matter of public record. Once it’s recorded the couple can obtain  copy of their marriage license. But also so can your friends, Family, employers, telemarketers, identity thieves. Since it is a matter of public record it is exactly that.

A confidential marriage license requires no witnesses to sign it’s just the Officiant. The marriage license is recorded but is only accessible by the couple. No one else can go down to the county or do a record search and find that document.

These days with identity theft issues and I recommend to my couples that they obtain a confidential marriage license.

The county clerks offices issue both the confidential and the public marriage license.

Many counties in California have appointed specialized notaries Who act as agents for the county clerks office to issue only the confidential marriage license. It’s like what AAA does for the DMV.

Great Officiants has four specialized notaries on the team. We can issue marriage licenses to couples Who are getting married anywhere in California. We can deliver it anywhere in the state or it can be issued at our Long Beach facility.

To apply for your marriage license through us simply go to our marriage license application page. Click here now.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 562-435-4000.

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How to do a unity candle at an outdoor wedding ceremony.


How to do a unity candle ceremony outside.

The unity candle is a tried and true addition to many wedding ceremony. It can be beautiful and it can also be terrible. By following a few simple rules you can prevent that part of your ceremony from as we say fizzling out.

If you’re doing a unity candle indoors there’s never usually an issue and you can use any type or shape of candles.  When you light the candle outdoors, it presents several obstacles to take into consideration:

1. The wind is not your friend.

Even the slightest breeze can snuff out the most robust flame.

2.The lighter is not your friend.

Try to use hurricane style candle holders as they block the wind in most cases. Instead of a lighter which never works properly when you wanted to, put a small votive candle in a holder and light the outer candles off of that during the ceremony.

Put the unity candle at the very end of the ceremony this way if it does blow out it’s not out for a long time.

Keep a lighter handy as back up. Make sure that no decorations are placed directly above the candles as they could catch fire.

In the event that you feel that it may be too windy switch to a sand blending ceremony or other type of unity celebration.

With proper planning and precautions, a unity candle celebration can be one of the highlights of the ceremony and if done wrong it will definitely be something that everyone will remember.

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Ooops we forgot the marriage license…what can we do??

 

 
So what happens if a couple shows up to their wedding without their marriage license? 

Strangely this happens all the time. 

They either got it and left it at home or completely neglected to get prior to the ceremony. 

We try to remind our couples to make sure they bring it to the wedding but as the saying goes "shit happens"

The answer is the couple cannot be legally married without a marriage license present. If the Officiant performs the wedding ceremony without a valid marriage license they have committed a misdemeanor.

So what can be done?

The couple will have to have a commitment ceremony in this case. We have forms for them to sign explaining that they do not have a valid marriage license and therefore cannot be legally married but we will perform a commitment ceremony but without the words …married …husband ….wife. At the end we pronounce them partners for life. 

If we don't have that for present without our smart phones and have them acknowledge on video that they understand it will only be a commitment ceremony. 

We then perform the ceremony as a commitment ceremony and for the most part none of their guests know the difference.

A couple of them need to set an appointment with us to sign the actual document. Unfortunately that document cannot be backdated. It has to be signed on the date is presented.

The reason why we are such sticklers on this is because it is a living breathing legal document. It is a partnership agreement between two people and therefore must be adhered to in the strictest sense of the law so there is never any issue that can come up at a future date. We do this for our protection and the couples.

So what happens if the officiant goes ahead and performs the ceremony without a license present? 

Well the marriage license police are not going to arrest them. But if it's one of my officiant's they will lose their position. It's not worth jeopardizing the couples legal status and the officiant's ability to perform ceremonies just to have it say a certain date.

When this happens I tell couples well now you have two wedding dates the one where you had your party and the one you were legally married. Now you have to buy each other two gifts.

So if you are coordinator or an officiant or a venue manager, make sure you remind your couples to have their marriage license present on the wedding day this way you will avoid any challenges.

I feel so bad when I tell a couple I'm sorry I can't legally marry you today. It breaks their heart but I know I've reminded them multiple times and by their error it is something I cannot resolve. But I always make the best of the situation. 

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Unique ways to do a guest book

Usually when you go to a wedding there's that sign in book that everybody signs into and for some reason another half the people do half the people don't.  Then after the wedding he gets filed away never to be seen again.
This weekend 2 of my weddings had cool exciting ways for their guests to sign in. 

The first one was a wooden puzzle. Each of the guests would sign a piece  and then they will put them together into a frame has a great memory of the day.

  

The other one had a table filled with wooden hearts that would be signed and then dropped into the frame where they made a fun and decorative hodgepodge of wishes.

  
 

Doing something creative is both fun for the guests and a great memory for the couple. 

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The Top Ten mistakes that Brides make when hiring entertainment

My friends at Atmosphere Entertainment prepered this list of The Top Ten mistakes that Brides make
when hiring entertainment…

1. Thinking that a DJ is someone that just plays music

So many people realize after their wedding just how much a DJ does behind the scenes… even with a wedding coordinator, the DJ is the Ringmaster for the entire event and is always prepared. For example, there’s nothing worse than having a photographer changing batteries right when the toasts are announced. A professional wedding DJ brings the organizational skills and the experience of knowing how to bring a cohesiveness and a smooth flow to your Big Day so you don’t’ have to think about anything but enjoying yourself.

2. Hiring a friend or relative with little experience in doing weddings

Would you hire a friend to fix your car, or hire a professional mechanic? The reason you’d hire the mechanic is that not only do they guarantee their work, but they also bring years of repair experience with them to do the job right. How often have you heard about receptions where the music drove people away, and later heard that it was the groom’s college roommate or cousin who’s still in high school? Not that they couldn’t play good music, but do you trust them for your once-in-a-lifetime event? Think about Grandma… remember that weddings have a WIDE variety of attendees.

3. Skimping on entertainment budget just to save money

A wedding cake lasts about ten minutes once it’s cut… the food lasts maybe half an hour at best.. the champagne is gone in seconds… and yet, many brides spend more money on each of these than they do on the entertainment that lasts all evening and is the one thing that people remember longer than any other part of your wedding reception. You really do get what you pay for… you will quickly forget the pleasure of low cost while enduring the pain of poor quality entertainment! A good rule of thumb is about 1-3% (no kidding!) of your total wedding budget on a professional DJ, or 8-15% on a live band.

4. Picking a DJ that has no entertainment skills and can’t work the crowd

Have you ever been to an event where people weren’t dancing or enjoying themselves because the DJ was playing the wrong music, the right music at the wrong time, saying inappropriate things, or just didn’t get it? With a real wedding professional, that never happens. An inexperienced DJ can bring the fun to a screeching halt if they don’t know how to handle even simple things that can go wrong… a professional DJ knows how to take these in stride and use them to their advantage, or even to build on the excitement!

5. Picking an entertainment service that has no professional or backup gear or backup personnel

The champagne has been poured, the salad has been served, the Best Man has loosened his tie… but where is the DJ? He hasn’t shown up yet… he’s in a car crash. OR… what if a piece of sound equipment breaks during the first dance? What happens then? Fortunately, these things don’t happen that often, but they can. When they do, you want to be able to rely on a professional DJ service that is prepared to swap out gear or personnel to make sure that your event still goes smoothly… and your guests barely notice.

6. Not communicating your vision to the DJ

Even the top wedding DJs that have years of experience don’t know what your dream wedding looks like until you tell them what it is! A professional DJ service will meet with you well ahead of time to customize their entertainment package to make your dream come true. They will present the different options/possibilities that are available to brides, including specialty dances, wedding party introductions, and special musical or theme requests. A professional DJ has great experiences to share, but is always willing to listen to new ideas and help you integrate them smoothly.

7. Hiring a Club or Radio DJ to do your wedding

This seems like a great idea at first, but only too late would you realize that these are radically different job descriptions! A good Club DJ is hired to play nonstop dance music for a club environment where the bottom line is to make money at the bar. A Radio DJ is used to playing music from a set playlist to an invisible audience, with little or no interaction. They are both good at what they do, but a wedding is a completely different environment that requires a different set of skills. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that involves a varied audience, and a professional wedding DJ is going to know exactly how to engage and entertain them.

8. Forgetting to ask if the DJ has liability insurance

The last thing you want to do is spend your Honeymoon budget on Attorney’s fees, just because a friend tripped and fell on the dance floor… a professional DJ service will have liability insurance to cover the event, and it’s ALWAYS OK to ask for a printed copy of their coverage. Go ahead and ask, we don’t mind!

9. Not meeting the DJ face-to-face ahead of time to plan the reception

OK, so planning your wedding is a whirlwind of activity, especially in the last couple of months. We know. Meeting with your chosen DJ is a VERY good use of your time, since the meeting will not only give you a chance to communicate your vision to the DJ, but also give the DJ a chance to get to know you so everybody feels comfortable, knowing that things will go smoothly.

10. Assuming the DJ has a mix of music for all ages

Does Aunt Mathilda really “get jiggy with it?” Is Metallica the right choice for dinner music? Is “Girl from Ipanema” a good way to “Get the Party Started?” Remember, there will be a wide variety of people from both sides of the family at the wedding, with a wide variety of musical tastes. A professional wedding DJ is prepared to play music that not only fits in with your vision of the perfect reception, but is also sensitive to the wide spectrum of tastes of the crowd, and will expertly match the right music to the right moment. He/she will have a collection of music with them that is time-tested to fill the dance floor.

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