Sacramento Wedding Officiants

        Lori Levisen & Bob Waegell

Thank you Beth for this photo!

How much do you charge?
This is the first question asked by many couples - even before they know if we're available!  Please see the Booking Lori or Bob page.

How soon before the wedding should we be looking for an officiant?
That depends on the month your wedding is scheduled.  In June or October, booking a year to year and a half ahead of time is common as they are really popular months. But, it never hurts to ask if we're available - no matter if you're getting married next week, next month or next year!

How do I book you to perform my ceremony?
If you are sure you want to book with Bob - he likes a phone call. If you're interested in meeting with both of us, please fill out the "Request to be Contacted" form in order to e-mail us. If you're requesting Bob or Lori specifically, include this information.  We
will respond, generally within 24 hours, to let you know whether we are available for your date.  At that time, we schedule either an in-person or phone interview time. At the end of the interview, we will provide you a contract and request that you notify us within three days of your decision.  Once we receive your booking fee, we place you on our wedding calendar/s.

Do you provide a contract?
Yes. It just makes sense to ensure that all parties feel secure and have some fine print to refer to in the unlikely case of a disagreement.

What are your qualifications to perform legal marriage ceremonies?
We were both ordained through the Universal Life Church.  We refer to ourselves as "Wedding Officiants" but will introduce ourselves as the "Minister" at the rehearsal when meeting the family for the first time.  We can perform weddings anywhere within California, in most other states, and these marriages are valid world-wide. 

What is the usual length for a wedding ceremony?
Our ceremonies generally last between 15 to 20 minutes.  You want your ceremony long enough that your guests don't question "That's it?" but not so long that they begin to squirm. 
If you wish to make the ceremony a bit longer, we can include an additional reading or poem, a sub-ceremony like a Unity Candle, Sand Blending or Wine Box or a song by a talented friend or family member.

Can we include our children in the ceremony?
Absolutely! There are many options for including children in your ceremony. Just ask us!

Do we need a rehearsal?
As a guideline, if you have more than four people, or complicated choreography in the processional, or several children  and parents and grandparents being escorted to their seats, it's a good idea to have a rehearsal. On the other hand, if all your attendants are old pros, you may not need one.

  • What happens at the rehearsal?
    When contracted to attend the rehearsal, and if you don't have a wedding coordinator, we start by arranging everyone as they will be standing during the ceremony. We then recess, go to where everyone will start and practice the processional.  If parents and/or grandparents are to be seated, we will practice this portion of the processional as well. We then run through everything one more time. I give many tips and ideas about how to make sure it all flows smoothly for the real event. The rehearsal takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Sometimes a portion of this time is spent just waiting for everyone to arrive.
  • Does your officiant have to attend the rehearsal?
    Not necessarily. You may have a wedding coordinator who will handle the rehearsal and will direct the officiant just like everyone else. Then all we would do is go over the vows one last time with the bride and groom to see if any changes need to be made.

  • If however, you prefer to direct your own rehearsal, we generally arrive 30 to 45 minutes before your ceremony will start and you can inform us of the ceremony details during that time.
  • Generally, you will give your marriage license to your officiant at the rehearsal. That way, you won't have to remember to give it to them before your ceremony.

How do we get our marriage license?
You must have a valid California Marriage License before you can be married.  AND your officiant needs to have it in-hand before performing your ceremony. 

There are 2 kinds of marriage licenses available in the state of California.  If you choose the "Confidential" marriage license, your wedding ceremony must take place within the county from which your license was issued.  You will not need witnesses with this kind of license.  If you choose the "Public" marriage license, it is valid at your ceremony in any county within the state.  You will need at least 1 witness over the age of 18.  There is space for 2 witness signatures.  Most frequently your witnesses would be your best lady and best man, but that isn't set in stone, you could ask your mother's or father's to sign as witnesses.

When you apply for your Marriage License:

  • Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture identification to the County Clerk’s Office to apply for a marriage license in California. Valid picture identification is one that contains a photograph, date of birth, and an issue and expiration date, such as a state issued identification card, drivers license, passport, military identification, etc. Some counties may also require a copy of your birth certificate.
  • There is no blood test or waiting period but your ceremony must be performed within 90 days of the issuance of your license. If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.
  • If you have been married before, you will need to know the specific date your last marriage ended, and how it ended (Death, Dissolution, Divorce or Nullity). Some counties may require a copy of the final judgment if your previous marriage ended by dissolution or nullity.
  • All fees and hours of issuance for a marriage license may vary by county.

What happens to our marriage license after the ceremony?
After your ceremony, if you have a public license, we will have your 2 witnesses sign while you're working with your photographer. We will then complete the portion we need to complete. Generally, we take the license and mail it back to the clerk's office, from which it was issued. It must be returned within 10 days. If it is not returned within 10 days, it will no longer be valid. 

You will NOT receive a copy of your marriage license after you have been married unless you request and pay for a certified copy from the County Clerk- Recorder.  You can get a certified copy by going back to the Recorder's office or mailing in your NOTARIZED application for a certified copy.

ALL information on the marriage license MUST be legible, unambiguous and reproducible. DO NOT change any information on the license, cross out information, use white out, etc., as that will require the payment for and issuance of a duplicate marriage license. Contact the County Clerk’s Office if you have questions about completing the marriage license and/or incorrect information contained on the marriage license.

Can you help me find a ceremony location?

We're preferred providers at the following locations:

The beautiful Vizcaya Pavilion in Midtown.

LaProvence Restaurant in Roseville.

LeRivage Hotel on the river.

Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento.

Carvalho Family Winery at the Old Sugar Mill.

Grace Vineyards in Galt.

Gold Hill Vineyards in the beautiful Sierra Foothills.

And while not currently on their referral lists, we have performed many weddings at: The Citizen Hotel, Arden Hills Country Club, Lake Natoma Inn, Grand Island Mansion, Wine & Roses, The Flower Farm Inn, Casa Gardens, as well as Fasinetti, Scribner Bend,Helwig, Cielo and Villa Toscano Wineries to name a few. Oh, and there's a rustic location right in Rancho Cordova, Crawford's Barn.

How about other wedding vendors?

To start with, we want to send a big "Thank You" to the following photographers for use of their images on this website: Andrea's Images, True Love Photo and Wendy Hithe.

Our list of other wedding vendors is still under construction.
Lori Levisen & Bob Waegell
We would love to help you create a warm, personal ceremony to share with your favorite people on your wedding day.

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