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marriage license witnesses – who can it be?

I get asked regularly about who should be the witness(es) for the marriage license, especially as most couples seem to assume that it should be their honor attendants (like the best man, maid of honor, best woman, man of honor, etc).  And it absolutely can be, but it doesn’t need to be, and hence this post. Let me back up a second.  In California there are two kinds of marriage licenses – confidential and non-confidential.  The confidential one needs no witnesses at all, but is not often used.  The non-confidential license is the more commonly …
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Notes to the Newlyweds: Your Spouse Isn’t a Mind Reader

I was asked to share my/our advice to newlyweds by Equally Wed, and now that it’s been published on their website, I thought I’d share my thoughts here as well.  Enjoy! Dear Newlyweds, Congratulations on your recent nuptials and the start to this new chapter in your relationship! I’m excited for you! I thought I’d share with you some of the things that we’ve figured out in our 8.5 years of marriage, as well as from observing the 600+ couples I’ve married over the past six years (yes, I’m an officiant, and have a ball celebrating all …
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Bethel Fun Facts – For WeddingWire World Panel Intro

I think you all might get a kick out of the “Fun Facts” that I put together as fodder for Kathryn of GayWeddings.com to select from when doing her intro of my on today’s “Modern Couple” panel discussion at the WeddingWire World industry conference. 186 reviews on WeddingWire – all 5 star other than one single 4.8 star (man, that one annoyed me!) Spent 9 years on Wall Street working for two large investment banks, in Tokyo, NY, and London, before running my family’s small business back here in San Diego for 6 years. I …
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jennifer + josh – quail have farm

I received an email from Jennifer, who had met me at the Bridal Bazaar almost a year earlier (!) when she came to the show with a friend who was getting married.  Well, she was now engaged and setting a date for their wedding about eight months later and wanted to see if I was available.  Let me tell you, one of the biggest compliments a couple can give me is when they are choosing their date around my calendar to be sure that they can have me marry them!  Love it!  So, we figured …
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Drum roll, please!

It’s website-official! For many folks, relationships recently haven’t been seen as completely legit until they are “Facebook official.”  Well, this relationship is now website official! No, no, not our marriage (almost 8.5 years now), just his being part of my business! My husband, Jason, has been officiating weddings periodically since 2010, but began to do so much more often in mid-2014, when he left his full-time job to pursue his own passions.  At that point, I started to offer him to more couples, when I was already booked or otherwise unavailable, and as a result …
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