Note: Mark and I will be out of town from January 14 - February 12. So please email me during those dates, as I don't know if I'll have any cell phone service at all.
Affordable Wedding Ministers / Officiants
in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside Counties, California
E-mail: Click here to e-mail, Terri's cell (949) 697-2246
Please scroll down to see photos of some of our weddings!
My name is Terri Lange. I am a non-denominational ordained minister, officiating wedding ceremonies according to YOUR WISHES. Your wedding should be HAPPY CELEBRATION with lots of laughing, hugging, kissing and champagne! We are here to marry you and to record the marriage license at the County Recorders Office for you.
Since I started officiating weddings in the mid 2000's, my husband, Mark, and our four adult children have all started working in the wedding business with me. My son, Matthew, marries couples in New York City (see www.WeddingsbyMatthew.com). My son, John, started a wedding videography business and filled in as an officiant for a few years, but now he's serving in the USAF, and my daughter Juliet has taken over his videography business (www.Johnnn.com). My daughter, Monica, is a wonderful wedding photographer! She currently works as Photo Editor for the Aztec Daily Newspaper in San Diego and has photographed about 200 weddings to date (see her work and pricing at www.PhotographybyML.com).
Click HERE to see references (notes that we've received from brides & grooms)
Click HERE to see photo collages of some of our weddings!
Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside Counties $275
plus a $50 travel fee if we have to travel over an hour from Dana Point to your ceremony
$25 discount for Active Military, or $50 discount for Monday-Thursday weddings
If you have more than 20 or 30 guests attending your wedding, we will provide a PA System (at no extra charge), which we'll use with a microphone during your ceremony. You are welcome to plug your iPod into the PA System to play some love songs and a "bridal march", processional and recessional, if you're not having a live musician.
Click HERE for a list of local live musicians and other services that we recommend for wedding ceremonies.
Call me on my cell at 949-697-2246, or drop me an e-mail at: Click here to e-mail (I live on my e-mail).
We have a Wedding Ceremony Template (it's a Word document) that helps with planning your ceremony. You can customize your ceremony however you like. The only "rule" is that everything that is said at your wedding should make you happy and speak to your heart. NOTE: Save a tree - don't print out the template - it keeps getting bigger and bigger - every time a bride gives me something lovely, I add it to the template and now it's about 30 pages long.
I love to meet with you and sit down and go over your ceremony at our boat in the Dana Point Marina, but if you're crazy busy and can't schedule the time, we can have a Gmail 'hangout' or SKYPE meeting on the computer, or go over your ceremony on a conference call. These days, Mark and I talk to our brides and grooms in all corners of this planet (who said it was round?).
Based on the hundreds of weddings we've officiated, click HERE to see a hodgepodge list of what works and what doesn't work at wedding ceremonies!
WANT TO GET MARRIED BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE?
Click VENUES for some lovely venues to get married and/or have a reception in Orange County.
Click SOUTH COUNTY BEACHES to see photos of some of the local beaches and parks in Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Every beach has both good and bad points - some are affected by the tides, others are too crowded with tourists, some beaches don't face the sunset, some beaches don't "allow" weddings, and the prettiest beaches may have too many stairs for your grandma.
I need to post a new family photo - this one is 5 years old!
John, Matthew, Terri, Mark, Monica, Juliet
MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
Note: The different County Clerk's offices are open and closed at odd times, so check their office hours before you go. There is an office in San Diego that's open on Saturday mornings, and I know the downtown Riverside office is now closed on Fridays. Also, the counties have a weird new rule where you must either go to their office in person, or have the request form (for a certified copy of your marriage license) notarized - so if they offer it, pre-order your certified copy at the time you pick up your marriage license.
Click for marriage license information in Orange County and to fill out the application on-line. The two of you must go in person to the County Clerk's office and take your drivers licenses. You can apply for your license at the Old County Courthouse on the corner of Broadway and Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana (it's the big old red building pictured at right), or you can go to the Laguna Hills Civic Center on El Toro Road in Laguna Hills. If you go to the Old County Courthouse, be sure to take an extra 15 minutes to go upstairs and see the historical courtroom, jury room, recorders room, and judges chambers that are on display and don't forget to feed the meter - I got a $47 parking ticket there. If you want to talk to a human at the County Clerk's Marriage License Office, call 714-834-2500 between 8am 4:30pm, press 6 for an operator, and ask to talk to a live person in Marriage Licenses. Click HERE to see locations and hours (sometimes they're open on Saturdays, at the Santa Ana location).
Note: They're having furlough days in some of these counties. Check to make sure the office is open before you drive there.
Click for marriage licenses in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Clerk's department is really slow. They need 6-8 weeks to "record" your marriage license and send you a certified copy, so if you need a Certified Copy of your marriage license quickly, you should drive down to Santa Ana in Orange County and get your license there - Orange County takes just two weeks to send your copy. Also, Los Angeles charges about $25 more for a license than the other counties, and (frosting on your cake) they're extremely rude to you at the Norwalk office with long wait times.
Click for marriage license in San Diego County
In Riverside county, call their clerk's office at 951-486-7000. Their web-page for marriage licenses is broken.
If you pick up a "confidential marriage license", you MUST get married in the county where you obtained the license.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!
RESERVATIONS & DEPOSIT
To reserve your Wedding Officiant, please check with Terri at e-mail: TerriJoLange@gmail.com, or call my cell at 949-697-2246, and let me know your date, time and location!
Then mail a $100 deposit check* with your event name and date on it to Terri Lange, 33421 Nottingham Way, B, Dana Point, CA 92629 (this is our mailing address, not our home address).
Or pay with a credit card, a debit card, or Paypal at the link below (there is a 3% service charge - that's what Paypal charges us). The charge will show up on your credit card as Select Homes.
*Because we book weddings so far in advance, your deposit is not refundable if you cancel within 60 days of your ceremony, however, I'm happy to reschedule the date and/or time if our schedule permits
Here's a 3 minute YouTube video of some of our weddings and photos we put together:
CLICK HERE FOR: LINKS TO WEDDING AFFILIATES
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