caticonslite_bm_altChoosing Your Wedding Location: Selecting the Right Spot for Your Ceremony

Just about anyone can perform a civil ceremony in California, which means you can be married just about anywhere. We strongly suggest finding a location where both the ceremony and reception are appropriate, though this isn’t always possible.

The following people can perform ceremonies in the State of California:

  • A priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination
  • A judge or retired judge, magistrate or retired magistrate
  • A legislator or constitutional officer, or a member of Congress who represents a district within California, while that person holds office
  • Captains of the Salvation Army
  • Some ship captains
  • A medicine man
  • Any person deputized for one day to perform civil marriages (FAQ: For details, visit the State of California web site: (

The upside of the ceremony-only location:

  • You can opt for a mix of a traditional religious ceremony with a matched fun and funky location — making God, parents, and friends happy.
  • Fulfill your dream of a fantasy location. Hire a bus to transport guests from one event to the next.
  • Worried about guests getting chilly in the fog, hold the ceremony at the beach and head inside for the reception.

Things to consider:

  • Transportation cost and logistics of moving out-of-town guests from one place to the next.
  • Additional catering complications if you’d like to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the ceremony.
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