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You can choose from our award winning team of experienced professional officiants.

We offer Non-Denominational, Ministers, Clergy, Reverends, Pastors, Rabbis, Priests, Pundits, Justice of the Peace and Civil Officiants. Religious or Non-religious its your choice. Every Officiant can perform both Religious or Non-Religious Ceremonies.

You decide if your ceremony is traditional, creative, innovative or even just a quickie.

We accept and honor all couple's beliefs. We make no judgments as to your beliefs, race, creed, color or sexual orientation. If you have the desire to be joined together, we will be happy to help you put a ceremony together that meets your needs.

ALAN KATZ

Favorite Quote: “I will greet the day with love in my heart" —Og Mandino

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Phish Food

Soundtrack to your life: "Love is My Religion" by Ziggy Marley

Favorite Disney Movie: Anything But Frozen (but I love Toy Story)

Favorite Event Memory:  When the bride was walking down the aisle and their partner had a single tear running down their cheek.

Your Nickname: Alley Kat

As the Presiding Officiant of the Great Officiants Team I welcome you.

Since 2002 I have performed over 4000 ceremonies bringing my Fun and Romantic style into each and every ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony should be a celebration. I want you and your guests to ENJOY the ceremony and not have to ENDURE it. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.

You can choose anything from traditional ceremonies to the unique themed weddings. Each one is specially designed for you. From Hotels to the Beach, Backyard, Hall, or your Home, I do them all. My "Fun and Romantic" approach to your wedding will ensure that you and your guests have an amazing experience.

Well-known in the Wedding Industry as the “Ceremony Expert” and referred to as the "Top Wedding Officiant" in Southern California. 

Accolades:

KNOT HALL OF FAME1st Officiant in Southern California to ever be inducted.

COUPLES CHOICE award from WEDDING WIRE 6 years in a row. 

TRENDSETTER of the YEAR Award from the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).

LA HOT LIST 5-time winner

I travel across the country as a requested speaker on wedding industry issues.

I am member of and attend events for Wedding Industry Organizations including: ABC, WIPA, AFWPI, AAWO EPA, ISES, NACE, OCBRIDES and more. 

I am also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses

 

Michael

MICHAEL

Favorite Quote: “He wins an un-winable game by changing the rules."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream

Soundtrack to your life: The official soundtrack to the TV show Suits

Favorite Disney Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Event Memory:  A best man once pretended to throw the wedding rings at me instead of hand them, they hit me and went flying into the audience. Turns out it was actually a couple of nickels, and everyone burst out laughing - it was awesome!

Your Nickname: Mike

Michael’s primary goal in officiating your wedding is that you have as much fun as possible in a ceremony you will never forget.

His background in business and the performing arts have fostered his ability to craft creative ceremonies that run smoothly, are stress-free and full of smiles.

Michael loves learning about new cultures and practices and is excited to work with you to incorporate all the elements that important to you into your celebration.

His hope is that when you tell the story of your wedding day, the ceremony is the absolute highlight.

Michael is based in the San Fernando Valley and travels throughout So Cal. 

Michael is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.

 

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SHARI

Favorite Quote: “A healthy relationship is one where two people just make a deal that they will help make the other person the best version of themselves."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Jamocha Almond Fudge

Soundtrack to your life: Imperfect Masterpiece

Favorite Disney Movie: Finding Nemo

Favorite Event Memory:  While performing a wedding for two women, who were celebrating their 25th anniversary that day, one of the brides' brother showed up out of the blue. He was in the service and the whole family thought he was abroad serving our country. Instead, he got special leave to come and be at her wedding, surprising the whole family, it was touching and beautiful.

Your Nickname: Sharebear

Shari is an Ordained Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant. She performs LGBT, Inter-Faith, Secular and Christian Wedding ceremonies.

Shari prides herself on being able to personalize not only the ceremony but also the vows in such a way that all in attendance will feel the shining spirit of love and happiness when they leave.

She has a long history of public speaking, public service, and philanthropy.

Whether it's an intimate gathering of friends or a grand affair, Shari is honored to be a part of honoring all couples special celebration of love. She serves the entire the Southern California area and also issues Marriage Licenses.

Shari is based in Long Beach and travels throughout So Cal.

Shari is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.

 

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BETH

Favorite Quote: “With great planning and a great attitude anything is possible"

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Sugar free anything, I am diabetic

Soundtrack to your life: "I Feel Good" by James Brown

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Event Memory:  When I asked who has the rings the best man dropped the ring and it landed on its side and began rolling towards a 1000 foot cliff. I stopped it with my foot and saved the day!

Your Nickname: Bethie

Rev. Beth is an Ordained Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant. 

She has performed several ceremonies in many different locations specializing in Beach Weddings.  Beth is basically in love with love. 

She has married her own husband 7 times in the last 18 years.  Beth enjoys customizing your wedding to create a ceremony you and your family will love, enjoy and remember the rest of your lives. 

She has a warm, fun and renewed approach to her weddings.  She respects all couples who wish to be joined and makes no judgments as to your beliefs, race, creed, color or sexual orientation.

If you have the desire to be joined together, Beth will be happy to help you create the ceremony of your dreams.

Beth is also our in-house floral designer.

Beth is based in the Seal Beach and travels throughout So Cal.

 

MAURICIO

Favorite Quote: “I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox." — Woody Allen

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: A tie between Pistachio Nut or Ube (a Filipino purple yam)

Soundtrack to your life: "Seasons of Love (525,600 Minutes)" from Rent

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Event Memory:  After the winds shattered a large floral arrangement off of a pillar next to me, I improvised by having everyone shout "Mazel Tov!" It didn't matter that neither the groom nor bride were Jewish!

Your Nickname: "Big Kahuna of Love", or "Doctor Love"

Mauricio finds the indescribable joy, the limitless hope and the immeasurable love that emanates from a couple wanting above all else to be joined together in marriage without compare. 

It is the sense of possibility, the knowing that he can contribute to the singularity, the "specialness" of the occasion that he brings to being a Wedding Officiant.

He welcomes the opportunity to help co-create your day of days with you. Religious or non-religious, he can design yours and make it perfect. He is Filipino and loves to do Filipino style Wedding Ceremonies. After 36 years of being together with his partner, Mauricio knows how to honor all couples. He also issues Marriage Licenses. 

Mauricio is based in Carson and travels all over So Cal.

Mauricio is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.

 

lisa

LISA

Favorite Quote: “Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss, or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart." — Denzel Washington

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Spumoni

Soundtrack to your life: "We Are The World"

Favorite Disney Movie: The Jungle Book

Favorite Event Memory:  A heartfelt surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony for my dear clients 98 years young Grandparents whom were also married on the same date 75 years ago!

Your Nickname: Birdie

Lisa Smith is an ordained minister. She has been working with Great Officiants since the beginning. Lisa has preformed many amazing weddings. Her key to success is to "always honor your couples wishes and communicate completely."

Whether it may be the mountains or the beautiful California coast, your private home, country club or any venue or special get away you desire Lisa's willing to travel to your location in Southern California to help you and your loved one make your dream day come true.

Lisa is also a very witty writer and has helped her couples compose customized ceremonies. Lisa's calm professional demeanor and availability are a relief for her busy clients to know they are in good hands.

She is based in the Diamond Bar area. 

 

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REV. MCKAY

Favorite Quote: “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of possibilities."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Caramel Gelato

Soundtrack to your life: "Across the Universe"

Favorite Disney Movie: Lion King

Favorite Event Memory:  Every time I'm able to work in some words of honor of someone's heritage - in Spanish or Japanese or Hawaiian or Polish, Russian, etc. - especially when visitors from out of country are attending.

Your Nickname: Mikey Mic, The Human Mic, EmCee Mike

Mike is an Emcee, auctioneer, and most importantly, an Improv guy, writing, directing, producing, and performing interactive theatre for over 20 years. Mike will help make your wedding fun, romantic, unique, and incorporate the carefully planned with every unexpected gift of the day, absorb any stress related to the ceremony itself, so that you and your party are free to laugh and celebrate.

A former military officer, Mike has a tremendous voice, able to command attention in any room; and the sensitivity and control to deliver a subtle, realistic, layered, flexible performance, which landed him roles on JAG, Alias, and Drake & Josh. With a B.A. in English from the Univ. of Notre Dame, Mike is a lover of languages, and can weave some phrases in German, Russian, French or almost any language or accent you request into the ceremony. The right design of ceremony will come from you, as I listen to what you need, and we build your ceremony together.

Mike is based in North Orange County, and travels throughout So Cal.

 

wesley

WESLEY

Favorite Quote: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."— Jon Krakauer

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's The Tonight Dough

Soundtrack to your life:"The Definition" by Jon Bellion

Favorite Disney Movie: Alice in Wonderland

Favorite Event Memory:  I married 2 Gents from my part of Texas after over 30 years of being together. They decided to get married when it was made legal for LGBT couples in all 50 states, and they walked down the aisle together, their hands tembling and holding onto each other. There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

Your Nickname: Tiny Dancer

Are you wanting your wedding ceremony to transform from something everyone just has to sit through to something truly spectacular and resounding? Wesley is ready to bring a little Southern charm to your wedding!

Born and raised in Texas, Wesley has a background in performing arts, from singing in a praise band to performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England. His diverse background makes him a warm and understanding officiant, ready to share a special day with people from every background, religion, and sexual orientation. Love transcends everything and he is honored to play a part in such a momentous occasion.

Wesley is based in Downtown LA and travels all over SoCal.

 

suvin

SUVIN

Favorite Quote: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired” —Robert Frost

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rainbow Sherbert

Soundtrack to your life: Don't Stop Believin'  -Journey

Favorite Disney Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Event Memory:  A wedding with an incredible 20 person bridal party, which I helped rehearse the day before.

Your Nickname: Mamoo

Suvin is an ordained Non-Denominational Minister. He performs beautiful, fun, and romantic ceremonies.

With a professional attitude, and just the right amount of fun and humor, Suvin is sure to amaze the crowd.

With a background in writing, he is happy to prepare and perform a customized ceremony of your dreams.

He is happy to perform any kind of ceremony.

Suvin lives in the Tustin/Santa Ana area of Orange County, but travels all over Southern California.

 

jamie

JAMIE

Favorite Quote: “'Come to the edge,' he said.
'We can't, we're afraid!' they responded.
'Come to the edge,' he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.” —Guillaume Apollinaire

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Butter Pecan from Handle's, founded: 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio (my hometown)

Soundtrack to your life: Soundtrack from the movie, "Valley Girl" circa 1983

Favorite Disney Movie: Remember The Titans

Favorite Event Memory: I was invited to join the Bride & Groom on their Honeymoon (but I knew they'd have more fun without me)!

Your Nickname: Jake

A personable and versatile communicator, Jamie Jacobs has 26 years of experience with over 1000 live events in Southern California. His main goal is to help you create amazing memories that you will treasure the rest of your life!

Jamie has also hosted such shows as “American Home” on HGTV and “Designing Spaces” on TLC. Interviewing celebrities such as Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) and Justin Timberlake has led to other high-profile projects, including pre-show host for the People’s Choice Awards and many other live events.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Lamar Jacobs (former Minnesota Twin) and Janice Jacobs (former Miss Indiana), Jamie had a well-rounded, middle-America upbringing. 

He has a love of family, classic cars, music, sports, and the arts. Jamie graduated with honors as a Communications Major while playing four years of collegiate baseball in Miami, Florida and has had professional training and experience in public speaking, stand-up comedy, improv and acting.

You are having one of the most important days of your life…Let’s have fun and celebrate!

Jamie is located in the Porter Ranch area, and travels all around Southern California

  

stacey

STACEY

Favorite Quote: “'If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry's "Everything But the Kitchen Sink"

Soundtrack to your life: The Album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

Favorite Disney Movie: Beauty and The Beast

Favorite Event Memory: When the groom and bride lock eyes as she floats up the aisle towards him.

Your Nickname: Stace or Stacey Mae

Stacey comes from a family of theologians and ministers and as an Ordained minister herself, would be proud to serve you on your special day.

This affable, energetic comic was a regular on the entertainment show TMZ. Stacey is one of only two women in Hollywood who works as a studio audience warmup for on a few popular tv shows and because she loves telling people where to go, she works as a private tour guide for a Los Angeles based tour company.

Stacey brings her family-friendly humor into the wedding chapel to give you a unique and memorable ceremony.

She can deliver a custom-written love story for your ceremony that celebrates YOUR union .

If you want a simple "no-humor please" "We Do" ceremony then she can do that, too! All Couples Welcomed

Stacey is located in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks area, and travels all around Southern California

 

clifford

CLIFFORD

Favorite Quote: “'Not all who wander are lost.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Soundtrack to your life: David Bowie's discography

Favorite Disney Movie: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Favorite Event Memory: Realizing that the gorgeous paper-structure boutineer given to me by the couple was actually made from pages of "The Lord of the Rings"

Your Nickname: The Big Red Dog

Clifford is an ordained non-denominational Minister/Officiant and popular host for Hobbit fans around the world. With his resonant, emotive baritone and playful wit, Clifford has officiated weddings for several years.

A voiceover wizard, professional geek, and a pulished J.R.R. Tolkien Scholar, Clifford has been requested by couples across the country to provide special themed ceremonies for those who would love a touch of Gandalf or Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in their special day of celebration.

In the direction of Truth and Love, he honors all belief systems and backgrounds, providing service for his LGBT brothers and sisters and all who seek to share a lifetime together.

Combining magic with romance is Clifford's favorite alchemy; and you'll love the way he guides the audience through the most unique love story ever told - yours. He is delighted that the Universe has brought you both together; now let his voice guide you down the aisle as you both step into a new future.

He resides in Hollywood and serves the entire Los Angeles County area.

  

OCTAVIO

English and Spanish

Favorite Quote: “The secret to having it all is knowing you already do"

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rocky Road

Soundtrack to your life: Unwritten  -Natasha Bedingfield

Favorite Disney Movie: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Favorite Event Memory:  Performing a ceremony while the bride was in labor

Your Nickname: Ocho.

Hi My name is Octavio. My goal and focus is to create an atmosphere of love, regardless of your religion, beliefs or orientation. You are getting married because you love one another and that is what your wedding should be all about.  I am committed to designing a ceremony that will capture your hearts and create an joyful memory.

Brace yourselves for the most special day of your lives.  I will work to make your Wedding Ceremony a wonderful reflection of your desires. I will officiate your ceremony with a loving heart.

I have 28 years of theatre and television experience I am fully capable of designing a ceremony that shows off your love story and allow you and your guest to be a part of the experience.

"Hola mi nombre es Octavio. Mi meta y enfoque principal es crear una atmósfera de amor. Independientemente de su religión, creencias, y orientación. Ustedes se van a casar porque se aman y 

eso es de lo que se debe tratar su boda. Estoy comprometido a diseñar una ceremonia que capturará sus corazones y a crear un recuerdo especial y lleno de alegría que recordarán para siempre.

Prepárense para el día más hermoso y especial de sus vidas. Trabajaré para hacer la ceremonia de su boda un reflejo de sus deseos y lo haré con el corazón lleno de amor.

Tengo 28 años de experiencia en Teatro y Televisión lo cual me facilita poder llevar a cabo una ceremonia que presentará la historia de su amor y relación, e incluiré a sus seres queridos como parte de tal experiencia."

Octavio is based in Los Angeles and travels all over So Cal.

 

RABBI MARC

Favorite Quote: “Tell me something good.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

Soundtrack to your life: My Way  -Frank Sinatra

Favorite Disney Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Event Memory:  When the groom came down the aisle at his wedding with his three sons to the theme from the show "My Three Sons".

Your Nickname: Rube

Rabbi Marc is the emeritus Rabbi of Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach. He was born and educated in New York City.
He was ordained a rabbi by the Academy of Jewish Religion in New York. He studied fur a year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his Bachelor of Religion Degree from The American university in Washington DC.
He loves to officiate at all types of interfaith Wedding ceremonies, crafted to the uniqueness of the wedding couple.
Rabbi Marc has officiated in California since 1990 and been heralded by many of his couples in various reviews in Wedding Wire and in the Los Angeles times.
Rabbi Marc is based in Temecula and will travel throughout California and other parts of the United States and in foreign countries
 

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