FAQs

HOW TO CHOOSE A GREAT WEDDING CHAPEL OR HOW TO KNOW IF THE WEDDING CHAPEL YOU CHOSE SUCKS?

THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL WEDDING CHAPELS TO GET MARRIED AT IN SO CAL. BEAUTIFUL EXTRAVAGANT VENUES AND SMALL INTIMATE ONES. OUR CHAPEL IS A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED SPACE THAT ACCOMMODATES FROM 0 TO 28 GUESTS. THERE ARE SOME OTHER SMALLER CHAPEL LOCATIONS IN SO CAL THAT MAY NOT BE SO WONDERFUL. THIS IS A SELECTION OF QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SELECTING A SMALLER WEDDING CHAPEL SO YOU DON’T END UP WITH A BAD ONE.

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You Just Got Married, Now What?

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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

If you requested to change your name on the marriage license, this information applies to you

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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Where do we park?

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There is on-site parking under the building. Street parking is also available.

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How many people can you fit/ what are the prices?

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We can fit up to 30 guests. Depending on the number of guests or day of the week, the pricing will change. You can view the full price list here.

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Can you do photo/video packages? How about a sound system or webcam?

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We have lots of add ins and accessories to spice up your ceremony! Check out our Accessories page here.

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What if we were previously married?

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If in the last two years you were previously married or in a domestic partnership, a copy of your divorce decree, annulment decree or death certificate or SDRP termination will be required.

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What IDs or documents are needed?

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The forms of identification below contain both the photo and birthdate.

Each Person Must bring one of the following:

ALL IDENTIFICATION MUST BE CURRENT AND NOT EXPIRED.

EXPIRED ID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN ANY CASE

  • Driver's License issued by any State in the US (international Driver Licenses not accepted)
  • California ID or other US State Identification Card
  • Military service or Military Dependent Identification Card
  • United States Passport
  • International Passport
  • Alien Registration Card (formally known as a Green Card)

Matricula Consular Process:
Matricula Consular. Note: Will be acceptable only if all of required information is on card, such as date of birth and picture. A birth certificate is required with every Matricula Card accepted and all birth certificates must be translated into English, no exceptions.

The retainer is $195 to book, instead of $120. This extra $75 goes towards the translation of the document.

The person with the Matricula must also provide us with their birth certificate. We can accept physical documents, or scans of the documents. The birth certificate must have all the official stamps, seals, etc. on it.

We will then send the birth certificate for translation, which takes about 1 week. We will notify you when the translation is complete.
If you do not bring the appropriate documentation, you will NOT be issued a marriage license.

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Do you have a dressing room/ can we set up a tour?

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If the venue will not allow you to take a tour there is probably a reason. It may be a dumpy place or garage at someone’s home.

We are happy to show off our awesome location. Just give us a call and we can set up a time.

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Do we need an appointment?

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Yes you do. We are available 24/7 by appointment.

You can schedule a free chapel tour by calling us or emailing us.

If you are ready to book your license and/or ceremony, you can do so at our check out page here

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What do we need to get married?

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Marriage is a two step process:

First, you need to obtain a marriage license, which we can issue. Click here to fill out our marriage license application.

Second, you need a ceremony solemnizing the license. We can provide that as well! With a chapel that can seat up to 28 guests, click here to view our pricing.

All you need to do is place a $120 retainer to book the date and time. Click here to place that $120 retainer.