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Joseph and Maile Have Some Custom Vows for their Ceremony at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana

Joseph and Maile are so in love. They had their picturesque ceremony under the gazebo at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. Jamie Hiber is amazing to work with! They also had some other amazing vendors such as Diana Perkins from Country Garden Catering as their day of coordinator and Katar Marcus from Invisible Touch as the DJ. Choosing a professional is so important, and this couple did it correctly!

Another aspect they did correctly was their written vows. Many couples ask me, what is the best way to write your own vows. You can do this in two easy steps:

1. Type it out, and place it in a frame.
This way, you aren’t memorizing and forgetting the words, or pulling out a crumpled piece of paper. Also, these framed vows look great on the sweetheart table!
2. Write your love story.
Everyone has heard the same “I promise to do this, I promise to do that…” be unique! Write down how you two met, where you are now, where you see yourselves in the future.
These two easy steps will make your vows beautiful and memorable.

At Great Officiants, we can even issue the marriage license. This will save time because you don’t have to go down to your local County Clerk’s office and wait in line for hours to obtain the license. We issue it and turn it into the county for you, you never have to step foot in a County building!

Joseph and Maile, you two are the perfect couple, may you live happily ever after!

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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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World Champion Black belt in Jujitsu gets married on the beach.

Patricia is a world champion in jujitsu. Today she married Charles on the beach.

Before putting our toes in the sand, I issued them their marriage license while she sat in the air-conditioned car. Much better than standing in line at the county. Right?

With 25 of their friends and family surrounding them I did a light Catholic style ceremony for them.

They each read some beautiful words to each other expressing their love and commitment.

I made sure he knew that if he didn’t listen to her that she would use some of her jujitsu on him. They all chuckled at that.

It ended with a huge kiss and then they walked off together toward the water.

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Tik and Mia Sealed the Deal at Averill Park Gazebo by Suvin

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Tik and Mia are such a wonderful couple. They just gave birth to a beautiful child, and wanted to be legally married. They drove down from West Covina and enjoyed the cool breeze at the gorgeous Averill Park Gazebo while surrounded by their close family and friends. I even learned some Chinese to start the ceremony: Dajia Hao (Hello everyone!)

We assisted them by having one of our notaries Shari issue the marriage license, and Suvin provided a beautiful ceremony.

Mia was so happy after the ceremony, she wanted to take a selfie with me.

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The Germans, Their Baby, The Beach and the Bobby Pin Ring


Marco and Sandra along with their two-year-old baby were traveling through the western US on vacation. Her parents joined them on the trip as well.

They decided they wanted to get married and have their wedding ceremony on Santa Monica Beach. Their first stop was a few days before at my office in Long Beach to get their marriage license. Then today we met again at the foot of the Santa Monica pier and ventured out to one of the lifeguard towers. Since it was Monday the beach was relatively empty so we have the whole area to ourselves.

Their English wasn’t very good so I spoke slowly and they repeated 1 to 3 words at a time. When it was time for the rings they wanted their daughter to hand them to them.

She had other plans, as two year olds usually do. She wanted to keep the ring and when they took it away from her she broke down in tears.

So thinking quickly I scoured the area in front of me and noticed a bobby pin playing on the ground. I fashioned it into ring and handed it to her. She stopped crying and was so excited that she had her ring that she showed it off to everyone. We were then able to continue the ceremony. At the end her mother read something to them in German. I pronounced them a couple and they gave each other the biggest kiss.


They said Danka Schoen (thank you) and I said  Auf Wiedersehen (good bye).

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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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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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