<![CDATA[ - Blog]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:40:44 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[What is the difference between a Religious and a Spiritual ceremony?]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:59:37 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-a-religious-and-a-spiritual-ceremony​One question I get asked very frequently during my couple’s interview is; what is the difference between a Religious and a Spiritual ceremony?

In today’s age where we are more than ever becoming a melting pot, couples are choosing to get married outside the doctrinal definition of a particular religion. Most recognize that there is a higher power, and use this spiritual path to create a ceremony that embraces their individual and combined beliefs and values.

A spiritual ceremony as any wedding ceremony is the commitment that two people make to each other in front all their family and friends, therefore it is important that both individual either a bride and a groom, or a bride and bride, or groom and groom, are reflected in the wedding ceremony. A wedding ceremony is an intimate individual process that by taking the time to reflect on your needs, feelings and desires will help you clarify the personal meaning of your union and allow the minister, pastor, clergy to create a wedding ceremony that is the expression of your love and commitment to each other.]]>
<![CDATA[How should I choose my wedding ceremony readings?]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:27:23 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/how-should-i-choose-my-wedding-ceremony-readings

Choosing the correct reading(s) for your wedding ceremony is almost as important as selecting the right Bride or Groom....

Of course I am joking, but the reading is what will give your ceremony the proper tone.

In constructing the wedding ceremony remember that you are not limited by scripture, quite the opposite, I encourage all my brides and grooms to think outside the box and use verses from their wedding song, or any special song. You can of course use poems, but do not just limit yourself to poems in English, you may want to give your ceremony a cosmopolitan feel by having the poem read in French, or Italian, or the language of your choice.

You can also choose from special moment in movies, sometime a dialog in a movie represent exactly what you want to feel on your wedding ceremony.


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<![CDATA[Some key points if you want to write your own wedding vows.]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 15:38:25 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/october-29th-2017There is nothing more personal than to write your own wedding vows for your wedding ceremony. The person you are writing the vows for is the person who you desire to spend the rest of your life with. Pour your heart out, your wedding day and your life together will be more meaningful.
So how to get started, make sure to schedule for you and your significant other to be alone, get rid of the distractions ( i.e. cell phone, turn off TV, etc.), and don't set a time limit. Get your supplies out and start by writing a testimonial to your partner. Put on paper how much you love them and why, what drew you to the person, and why you want to get married and spend the rest of your lives together. Maybe even write a couple of your favorite memories together. Once you have completed this, which should be a significant amount of data, feel free to share the testimonial with your partner. This declaration is what you will need to start creating your vows for the wedding ceremony, be creative in your thoughts, and keep your wedding venue in mind. Do not show the vows to your partner, let them be surprised the day of the ceremony. Make sure to discuss the vows with your wedding Officiant, it is always good to get a second, maybe more experienced, opinion.]]>
<![CDATA[Filling out the license application]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:03:59 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/filling-out-the-license-applicationThe interesting fact that I find with most brides and grooms is how difficult it is to fill out the application for obtaining the Confidential Marriage License properly.
The Marriage License application is a very important and needs to be fill out with the most accuracy. The information that is provided on the form will be extracted to fill out the actual Marriage License.
Once the license has been fill out it is very difficult and time consuming to rectify, and sometimes it can add to the price.
My best suggestion is have a copy of your birth certificate handy, here you will find all the data you will need for the Marriage License Application. 
If you do not have access to your birth certificate, interview your family and relatives, you will be surprise how much they know.
The information that I find missing or incorrect the most is the bride and groom parents middle name, as well as the bride and groom mother’s maiden mane (before she was married).
Bottom line please remember that in order to prevent mistakes or delay on you marriage license, the marriage license application has to be correct.

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<![CDATA[Meet and personally select all of your wedding pros.]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 18:35:45 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/may-20th-2017I can not stress enough the importance to meet and personally select all of your wedding pros.
Remember you are going to spend a lot of time with these people, they are going to get to know you and your wedding plans to an intimate level, and they may be witnessing some Bridezilla or Groomzilla moments or maybe just some very sweet intimate ones. Therefore make sure you choose wedding pros that you like and feel comfortable with.
When it comes to your pastor or priest you may think that you do not have much of a choice, but if you select a minister or an officiant you can find the person that is best able to represent your wedding ceremony and the message you want to express to all your wedding guests during your wedding ceremony.
The guests at a wedding, in the last few years, have come to expect a wedding ceremony that entertains on an emotional and historical level. Your wedding guests want to know your story, how the bride and groom met, what made them fall in love and decide to get married. A good wedding minister or wedding officiant would be able to create a wedding ceremony that reflects the bride and groom’s story, it will bring all of your wedding guests on an emotional journey that will be the opening to your new life as husband and wife.
We at A & S Wedding Officiant are fully mobile Wedding Officiants and Ministers, we pride ourselves in creating wedding ceremonies that will take all the participants on a journey.
Let us make your wedding ceremony dreams come true.
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<![CDATA[Who says you have to take your husband's last name?]]>Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:31:20 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/january-15th-2017Did you know that when you get married in California you have the option to change your middle and/or last name on the marriage license? There are strict rules to what you can actually use and some interesting combinations that are sure to make your married life more interesting. So, out the door is the “rule” that you must change your last name to match your soon to be husband and opens the door to new possibilities.
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007 amended by AB 1143, Chapter 512, Statutes of 2009) allows one or both applicants for a California marriage license to elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.    
What should the public know about the new law?
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the middle and/or last names by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.  Each party applying for a marriage license may choose to include on their marriage license the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud.  Changing one’s name through this process can only be done at the time the marriage license is issued by the County Clerk or authorized Notary Public, as applicable.   
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names: 
The current last name of the other spouse. 
The last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A hyphenated combination of last names. 
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names: 
The current last name of either spouse. 
The last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse. 
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse.
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<![CDATA[in California you have the option to change your middle and/or last name on the marriage license?]]>Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:29:02 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/in-california-you-have-the-option-to-change-your-middle-andor-last-name-on-the-marriage-licenseDid you know that when you get married in California you have the option to change your middle and/or last name on the marriage license? There are strict rules to what you can actually use and some interesting combinations that are sure to make your married life more interesting. So, out the door is the “rule” that you must change your last name to match your soon to be husband and opens the door to new possibilities. 
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007 amended by AB 1143, Chapter 512, Statutes of 2009) allows one or both applicants for a California marriage license to elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.    
What should the public know about the new law?
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the middle and/or last names by which that party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.  Each party applying for a marriage license may choose to include on their marriage license the new name in the spaces provided on the marriage license application without intent to defraud.  Changing one’s name through this process can only be done at the time the marriage license is issued by the County Clerk or authorized Notary Public, as applicable.
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names: 
The current last name of the other spouse. 
The last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A hyphenated combination of last names. 
Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names: 
The current last name of either spouse. 
The last name of either spouse given at birth. 
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse. 
A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse.]]>
<![CDATA[Number one rule for every wedding]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:54:51 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/number-one-rule-for-every-wedding​I wanted to share with you the number one rule for every wedding. Expect the unexpected and always have a plan B.

​There is no such thing as a perfect wedding but here are some things you can do to ensure your day is a memorable one. Remember perfection is probably your goal, but don’t get tied up in the little things (that will most likely catch you by surprise anyway) and remember that this day is about the memories created. Of course, you don't want major disruptions or distractions because of poor planning and preparation. On your wedding day, give yourself a good talking to and remind yourself what your wedding day is really all about.

Rehearsal: Rely on the expert. If you have a wedding planner, allow them to be in charge. If you don’t have a person designated to direct your wedding, rely on your Wedding Officiant or Wedding Minister. I will guarantee you that they have successfully arranged a wedding ceremony or two.

Children: Children are precious in weddings and if you want them in yours, include them in a way that will not make them nervous or scared. Make sure that in selecting the children to participate in the ceremony that the child is capable of following simple directions and its personality is outgoing enough to be able to master the crowd with becoming a distraction to your wedding ceremony.

Candles: Candles can make or break a ceremony! Things to consider when using candles include the length of the vail, width of the isle, and mostly winds and breezes if you are planning a beach wedding or outdoor wedding ceremony.]]>
<![CDATA[What to ask your Wedding Minister or Wedding Officiant]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:24:12 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/what-to-ask-your-wedding-minister-or-wedding-officiantSelecting a wedding minister or wedding officiant to perform a ceremony, should be a thought thru process, after all it is important to retain a Minister or Officiant with whom you feel comfortable and with whom you should be able to express the loving feelings you have for the person you are going to marry.

You also need to make sure that you are hiring a professional. Here are few questions that you should ask the wedding minister or the wedding officiant during the selection interview.


Can we help create the ceremony?

Do you book more than one wedding a day? How many?

Who is your backup in the event you can’t attend?

What is your total fee? Do you charge extra to travel or filing the marriage license?

Will you oversee our rehearsal, or do we need to bring in a coordinator?

And here are the answer that any member of the minister/officiant team at A & S Notary Officiant will give you during the interview.

We have been in the business of solemnizing Wedding Ceremonies since 2011, we love your input in creating the wedding ceremony. You know the wedding venue, you know the wedding guests, and most of all you know the person you are getting married to. Your insight is what helps us create a truly personal ceremony.

Our preference is to book one wedding ceremony per date, however there may be times that we do have a second wedding ceremony booked on the same day. Rest assured that as professionals our attention is on the present task and we guarantee the upmost attention to all the details of your wedding ceremony.

Our team is composed of three ministers and officiants. We all work very closely together and while our style may be slightly different our professional standards are the same.

All our wedding ceremonies prices are transparent, no hidden fees. We do not charge extra for travel or the filing of the marriage license.

Our ministers and officiants will be glad to coordinate the ceremony and oversee the rehearsal. As wedding ministers, we are all trained in a variety of wedding ceremonies from the most traditional to the most modern. Our team will gladly work with your wedding coordinator.
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<![CDATA[Minister, Officiant, Pastor, Priest, Rabbi oh my…..who do I choose?]]>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:40:00 GMThttp://asnotaryofficiant.com/blog/minister-officiant-pastor-priest-rabbi-oh-mywho-do-i-choose

When planning your dream wedding here in Long Beach, Los Angeles or anywhere in California how do you decide who should perform the ceremony?
More and more couples are coming from different backgrounds and religious beliefs. If you are one of those couples you should definitely select an ecumenical minister or an ecumenical officiant. Those type of ministers and officiants are trained to be able to blend ideals to create a wedding ceremony that respects all aspects of your beliefs or no beliefs.
The ministers at A & S Mobile Notary Officiants are highly trained in making sure that all aspects of the brides and grooms likes and dislikes for a wedding ceremony are respected. Our ministers and officiants respect the individuality that a couple wants in their wedding ceremony. Our ministers and officiants respect all who want to get married and will do their best with providing a wedding ceremony that you will remember wherever the ceremony will take place, a beach wedding, a park wedding, a home wedding, any location wedding, our ministers and officiant’s priority is to make your wedding ceremony dreams come true.
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