About Us

Great Officiants

So why are we called Great Officiants?

I’ll take you back to my earlier days going to my friends' weddings. It seemed like at every wedding I went to it was the same old boring dude with the monotone voice, spewing the same words over and over. I would dread having to sit through them.

Fast forward to 2003 when my best friend was getting married. I was set to be his best man, but in our conversations about the ceremony, we both shared stories of how we dreaded that boring old dude scenario. So since I was the professional actor in our friend circle, we decided that I could rewrite the playbook and make the ceremony awesome…. which it was! Everyone told me it was the best wedding they had ever seen. My friends all told me that I had found my “calling” as a WEDDING OFFICIANT.

So, I put up a website and couples started to flock to the new idea of making the ceremony fun and romantic. My goal was to have couples and their guests to be able to enjoy the ceremony and not have to endure it.

Soon I had more couples that I could handle and started bringing in new associated to cover the overload. Then people started asking for specialty officiants like Priests, Rabbis, Ministers, South Asian, Civil, Interfaith, Non-Religious, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Bilingual and Themed Weddings (my favorite).

Then couples needed a place to get instantly married so in 2008 I opened a boutique wedding chapel in Long Beach and called it Cute Little Wedding Chapel (www.cutelittleweddingchapel.com) to provide affordable, simple, and fun weddings for 2 to 30 guests. Couples could instantly get their marriage license and wedding in 30 min or less and didnt have to drive to Las Vegas and get married by the Justice of the Peace. 

Also, Couples love the Beach. So, we created the So Cal Beach Weddings division (www.socalbeachweddings.com) where we do full setups or walk-on ceremonies on the beach for 2 to 300 guests in Los Angeles and Orange County Beaches. We learned everything possible about permits, insurance and locations both beaches and overlooks. Purchasing and building a variety of arches and amassing all sorts of draping and decorations as well as referals to other vendors to complete the couples visions.

To get married, couples need to get a marriage license, so I as well as a few of our Officiants went through the long and challenging process of becoming a specialized notary for the County Clerk’s office so we could issue marriage licenses to our couples. Now if a couple is getting married in California we can deliver the marriage license to their home, office, even the wedding or at our convenient office in Long Beach.

I have won numerous awards in the industry including: 

Trendsetter of the Year Award by the Association of Bridal Consultants (This is the top award that the wedding industry honors in the So Cal wedding market).

2 time winner of Best New Idea or Concept from the Orange County Association of Bridal Consultants

Wedding Wire's Couples Choice award every year from 2009 thru 2018

Best of weddings Hall of fame from The Knot 2010 thru 2018

Education and professionalism in the wedding industry is so important that I have become a nationally recognized speaker on wedding topics and speak across the country. I have spoken at the:

Wedding MBA conference in Las Vegas for the last 5 years.

Association of Bridal Consultants Los Angeles

Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County

Association of Bridal Consultants Lousiana

NACE (National Association of Catering and Events)

OC Brides

LBGLCC (Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

I also mentor up and coming wedding superstars.

Because of our ability to create an amazing wedding experience for our couples, they have been so kind to let us know how they feel. So much so that we have over 1500 online reviews on Wedding Wire, The Knot, Yelp, Google and more. We are the most reviewed Officiants in California. Many couples love to give us video testimonials right after the ceremony to tell us how happy they are these can be seen on our facebook and youtube pages.

We are constantly being interviewed by the press and news stations about issues in the wedding industry. From our positive stance on same sex marriage equality to fun stories of crazy weddings to the charity work helping couples with challenges have the weddings of their dreams. 

We have done many different Wedding Related TV shows. 90 day Fiance, Say Yes to the Dress, My Fair Wedding, Spouse house and others. We have been pitched for numerous reality shows and are still trying to develop one. We have also been on prank shows pranking our officiants in fake weddings. you can see all these on this site.

So now the team is 35 officiants strong, covering all aspects of the wedding ceremony process. We have become the largest and most respected wedding officiant company in the wedding industry. Couples seem to love our fun and romantic style and the variety of Officiants to choose from to create the right feel for their event

So, I guess that is why we are called Great Officiants. 

And that is why you should call Great Officiants.