Jail Weddings

We will provide Wedding Officiant services for weddings when the bride or groom is incarcerated in Theo Lacy Detention Facility in Orange, Men's Central in Santa Ana, Women's Central, or Musick (with permission).  The Santa Ana City Jail does not allow weddings to take place.

We will officiate your wedding at an Orange County jail or prison for a flat fee of $250.  A jailhouse wedding can easily take 4 or more hours of our time, between waiting in line at the County Recorder with the bride to take an oath, and waiting through the visiting lines at the jail and performing the ceremony.

Here are the requirements for Orange County:

Read these requirements carefully, and follow them to the letter!

The marriage license applicant who is able to appear before the County Clerk-Recorder must obtain an "Inability to Appear" form from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department and have it notarized by a Notary Public who visits the prisoner at the jail.  This "Inability to Appear" form must be signed by the prisoner in front of a notary. This form is not published on the County Clerk's web-site, so click HERE to get a .pdf copy of the Inability To Appear paperwork.  

The notary can NOT be the same person as the officiant.  A Notary Public with security clearance can visit the prisoner during the same hours as the atto
rneys.  A regular Notary who does not have security clearance may visit the prisoner with you on the weekend as a regular visitor.

If you need a notary at the prisons, there is a notary located in Santa Ana named Gaston Roberti who is willing to go into the jails for a resonable fee.  He charges just $75 to visit the jails Monday-Friday. His cell phone is 714-323-7114, and his email is: gaston@robertiagency.com   You MUST have a current drivers license or passport or government issued photo identification for the prisoner, or the County Clerk will not give you a marriage license.  If you aren't sure that you have acceptable identification for the prisoner, you should go to the marriage license office and show the clerk what identification you have, to see if it is acceptable, before you spend money on a Notary, or your wedding minister.

Clerk-Recorder location mapThe applicant (Bride or Groom) must appear at the County Clerk-Recorder Department (in the Old Courthouse in Santa Ana, on the corner of Broadway and Civic Center) to obtain the marriage license.  Your minister, the person "solemnizing the ceremony" (that's us) MUST ACCOMPANY YOU.  Original Government Issued Photo I.D. for both the bride and groom are required (no exceptions), along with proof that the person is currently incarcerated - a receipt from the jail works fine.

IF your fiance is in Immigration Holding, he must get permission from that department prior to getting married.

Here's a check list for when you go to pick up your marriage license:

  1. Bring $250 cash for your wedding Officiant.  Or, you can pay in advance - we accept payment by VISA, Mastercard, or Paypal.  Money order or cashiers check are fine, but not a personal check, because we don't have time to cash it before filing your marriage license.
  2. Bring $64 to pay for your marriage license (I believe the County Clerk accepts debit cards and checks)
  3. Bring the notarized Inability to Appear form. 
  4. Bring proof that your fiancé is incarcerated.  Any recent papers from the court showing your fiancé is in jail, or a recent receipt from your fiancés account at the jail will work.
  5. Bring your drivers license.
  6. Bring your fiancé's drivers license or passport (no exceptions - if you haven't got your fiancé's ID, call the County Recorder to ask for advice).

The officiate must complete and return the marriage license within 3 days of the ceremony.

WOW!  That's a lot of running around!

Los Angeles County:

We do not travel to Los Angeles County to officiate jail weddings, but their jails do have the added requirement that the marriage be approved by the warden prior to picking up your marriage license.  Please check with both the prison, and the county clerk's office, and follow their rules to the letter!

At state correctional facilities, the prisoner should ask the warden for permission and go through a different process to obtain a marriage license.

If you wish to schedule your jailhouse wedding, please send an e-mail to: TerriJoLange@gmail.com and be sure to let me know WHERE your fiance is incarcerated.

To go to our main web-site, click HERE


Orange County Jails Telephone and Visiting times

  James Musick Facility Jail
  13502 Musick, Irvine  92618
  (949) 855-2600

  Visiting Hours:

ˇ           Friday - Saturday - Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

ˇ           Last sign-up to visit: 5:00 P.M

  * Visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to the visit.
  * Visiting Time is 30 Minutes.

  Central Men's Jail
  550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana  92703
  (714) 647-4500
  Visiting Hours:

ˇ           Juvenile Friday - Sunday Sign-up 11:30 A.M.
Visits 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.

ˇ           Module A, Tanks 3 and 4 (Protective Custody)
Friday - Sunday Sign-up 12:45 P.M.
Visits 1:30 P.M.

ˇ           Modules F-29,F-30 (Administrative Segregation)
Friday - Sunday Sign-up 2:00 P.M.
Visits 2:45 P.M.

  * Inmates at the Intake/Release Center and the
  Central Men's Jail receive their meals from 10:00 A.M.
  to 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. daily,
  and may refuse visits offered at these times.

   Intake/Release Center Jail
  550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana  92703
  (714) 647-4500
  Visiting Hours:

ˇ           General population Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Last sign-up to visit: 5:00 P.M.

ˇ           Module J (Protective Custody) sectors 2,3,4,5,6,7
Saturday 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Friday and Sunday 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

ˇ           Module J (Mainline) sectors 1 and 8
Saturday 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Friday and Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

  Theo Lacy Facility Jail
  501 City Dr. South, Orange  92868
  (714) 935-6940
  Visiting Hours:

ˇ         Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Last sign-up to visit: 5:00 P.M.

New Hours Effective October 3, 2003

ˇ         Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Last sign-up to visit: 6:00 P.M.


The Santa Ana City Jail didn't allow weddings, but as of February 2014, a bride is telling me that they WILL allow her to get married at that facility during a visit.