A California wedding celebrant usually officiates at a non-denominational or civil celebration of marriage.
What is a wedding celebrant? It’s a person who can officially celebrate a wedding ceremony.
Originally the word celebrant referred to an officiating priest celebrating the Eucharist. In the context of weddings, it’s usually just an officiant for the ceremony. This might be a justice of the peace, a notary, or any ordained person with a registered organization.
In California the legal part of getting married is conducted at a local County Clerk’s office in most County Court locations.. Both couples need to appear to get this legal document and it is good in any county in California.
At the wedding, everything else is a celebration and the signing of the marriage license by on or two witnesses. Every couple just needs to determine what elements they want in their ceremony to affirm their relationship and the future of their marriage commitment.
Other terms include Marriage Officiant, California Wedding Minister, Wedding Ceremony Officiant, and Wedding Clergy
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Locations to obtain a Marriage License: