(Closed) HELP: Officiant in the Greater SF Bay Area and or Napa Valley?

posted 13 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Do you have a really good friend or family member that’s good at public speaking?  We asked our friend, who’s a TV broadcaster, to perform our ceremony and he did a phenomenal job!

It varies from county to county, but we got married in OC and our friend went to City Hall the day before and got deputized to officiate and sign the marriage certificate.  You can also get ordained online at a variety of sites.

We were able to write our ceremony from start to finish.  We researched online and just grabbed things we liked from different ceremonies, and left a part for us to say our own vows.  Our friend weaved in personal things about each of us, so it was a very touching and personal ceremony, yet funny and easy-going.

We didn’t want to pick any random officiant who would botch our names or mess things up like you said, so this was perfect for us.  This is the most important moment of your life, so if you don’t have a clergymember who’s close to you, it made sense to us to have a close friend officiate.

However, I have seen weddings where this goes very badly.  It all depends on who you pick, and make sure you work on the script with them way ahead of time so they have time to practice.  Don’t pick someone who’s going to be too silly or not take it serious enough.

Good luck!

Post # 4
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Hi there – I am a bay area bride, too, and I had a TERRIBLE time finding an officiant.  We went with George McLaird (http://mclaird.manilasites.com/stories/storyReader$11) and our wedding isn’t until August, but he was certainly the best of the bunch.  PM me if you want more specific info.  good luck..

Post # 5
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

We were married in Sonoma by Michael LeBlanc (http://www.michael-leblanc.com/), and were extremely pleased.  He gave us a good choice of scripts to choose from for our non-denominational ceremony, and we were able to personalize it as much as we liked.  He also has a very gentle yet authoritative demeanor. He is located all the way up in Cloverdale, but I believe he serves the entire wine country and greater bay area. Hope this helps!


Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are getting married by Michael LeBlanc in August.  He is fabulous, absolutely fabulous!!  I got so excited seeing that another bride recommended him.  So excited!!

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