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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do your services cost?

We offer several complete wedding/renewal packages starting at $189. We can also customize a package just for you (Call for Pricing).  We require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of total costs to reserve a date, however all fees paid at the time of booking are non-refundable because once we secure your date and time, we turn everyone else away.


Where can we get a marriage license?

Information on marriage licenses may be found here.


What if I need to cancel, after booking and securing my date with payment?

All fees paid to secure your ceremony date are non-refundable no matter what the reason is, however fees paid may be used toward a reschedule date for up to 90 days with a paid $50 change fee. 

What is a change fee? 

A change fee is a $50 fee that is charged if any couple changes their ceremony date, ceremony time, or ceremony location after securing their date, time, and location, with payment.

Why are all deposit fees non-refundable?

All fees paid are non-refundable because once your date is secure for a certain date and time, we turn everyone else away that requests an officiant for your time slot within two hours of your ceremony time so that all energy is focused on you. Also, once you book your date with us, we send you all of our ceremony customization options that are exclusively reserved for our booking clients.

Is a contract issued for all services booked?

Absolutely! A contract is emailed to you within 48 hours of you booking your date.  To view the wedding contract prior to booking please click here. To view the quinceanera/child dedication contract prior to booking, click here

May we write our own wedding vows?

Absolutely!  The vows that you say may be your own words or you may use any or all of the completed ceremonies that we will provide. 

Are you available to meet with us before the ceremony? 

Yes, you may always call us to set up a meeting with an officiant.  We will help you plan your ceremony service, and  "pre-marital" counseling is also available for an additional cost..


Will you attend the wedding rehearsal? 

Yes, if you choose any of the packages that include this service.  Also, a rehearsal date may always be added at a later date.  The fee to add a rehearsal is $125 if it is not already included in your package. A mileage fee is required for all mileage outside of a 10 mile radius for our officiate to conduct your rehearsal.  The fee required is $1.00 per mile once the 10 mile grace has been applied.


Our wedding will be out of town.  Will you perform our ceremony?

Yes, but for ceremonies greater than 10 miles from San Diego (92113), we require mileage reimbursement at $1.00 per mile from San Diego (92113) plus lodging and meals if an overnight stay is required.


What kind of wedding ceremonies do you perform?  

We offer civil and non faith based ceremonies, where the main focus is the love that is shared between the two people. We also offer faith based ceremonies that we officiate that are very acceptable to Protestants, Catholics and Christians as well as non-denominational ceremonies. They are unique combinations of faith and romance. We do not perform commitment ceremonies or same-sex marriages. All ceremonies must involve a natural man and a natural woman. The only ceremony officiated without a license is a renewal of vows ceremony.


What other kinds of ceremonies do you perform?

Home Blessings, Quinceaneras, Baby Dedications, Renewal of Vows and public nuptials for couples that have already been privately married. And yes, we will accommodate the couple by not revealing that they were already privately married!


What do I need to do to legally change my last name after we are married? 

After completion of the ceremony (or as part of it) the witnesses(if required) and the officiant will sign the marriage license. The officiant will then return your marriage license to the County Recorder's office if the filing service has been added to your contract. The County Recorder will then certify the document and record the marriage.  Your marriage certificate will be available for pick up at the County Recorder's office after about (10) business days. There is a $14 fee for your marriage certificate.  You will need copies of this document for changing your name on driver's license, credit cards, bank accounts, etc. You will need the original for your driver's license, passport and social security card.


Are you an Ordained Minister?

Yes. All of our officiants are ordained and able to perform any type of legally accepted ceremony.

How much advance notice do you need in order to book a wedding? If we have an officiant available, we'll perform your wedding the same day you call, so we really don't need too much notice.  However, our availability changes very frequently as we book new weddings and other types of ceremonies.  Most couples book with us anywhere from 3 to 6 months in advance while others do it only a week or two before the wedding or ceremony.  We try to be flexible in accommodating you.   

How long is the ceremony?

Once our officiant  works with you to create or customize your ceremony, we will be able to give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of time, however, usually a ceremony lasts between 15-20 minutes.

What do you wear?

For many weddings, our officiants wear either a suit or a robe . We always wear appropriate, wedding attire..

Do I have to have witnesses?

 In the state of CA it is required that you have at least one witness if you have a public or non-confidential marriage license. No witnesses are required if you have a confidential marriage license  If you do not have any witnesses, we can provide them to you at an additional cost of $30 per witness.  If you need to utilize this service, please let us know at least three days in advance so that we can make the necessary preparations to accommodate you.

Are there any other additional charges?

The only extra charge you might incur is if your ceremony does not start on time. We offer a (5) five minute grace period and then we charge for each 15-minute increment of time that your ceremony is delayed ($25 for each 15 minutes or portion thereof).  We also charge a extra fee for extenuating circumstances that might occur for our officiant to reach your ceremony site. These relate to circumstances where the officiant may be required to hike a mountain trail, ski lift or shuttle to your mountain location, or if there is an entrance fee to access your ceremony site (such as at a national or state park), or any parking charges that are required to get to your rehearsal or ceremony site..

Can I make some minor adjustments to the package that I select?

If you want to add anything to or delete anything from your ceremony package, please contact us for pricing adjustments.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept major credit cards. Paying by credit card through our website or having your payment processed over the phone, ensures that you will be placed on our calendar right away (To process your payment online, a 4% processing fee is added to all transactions).  You may also pay in cash but remember that your date is not guaranteed until your payment is received.

Do you stay for the reception?

No, we do not stay for the reception.  The reception is an intimate time for friends and family to enjoy the newlyweds.

How do I reserve your services?

To check our availability or to secure your date via telephone, you may call our office directly at 619.228.9792, or you may click here to submit a contact us form.  You may also pay your selected package fees directly on our website.


I am currently out of state or too far to meet with you before the wedding. Can I still book your services?
Yes, you may always book our services no matter where you are if we have the date available. If you decide book the Basic Ceremony Package or any of the packages above and we cannot meet in person, an officiant will do a full consultation meeting with you via telephone and we will discuss all aspects of the ceremony. 

What's the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate? 

The marriage license is obtained from the county clerk and must be obtained before your wedding.  Having a marriage license does not mean that you are married.  It is a license to get married.  The marriage certificate is obtained after the wedding from the county registrar (usually the same office as the county clerk).  The marriage certificate is the legal proof of your married status.