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How to Get Married at Los Angeles City Hall

May 9, 2020

Sometimes the thought of planning a huge wedding can feel a little stressful and not quite you. If you aren’t into the big wedding or a destination elopement then I would recommended getting married at Los Angeles City Hall.


Here is a step by step guide on how to do it!


Step 1: Choose an LA City Hall Wedding Location

The great thing about Los Angeles is it has 7 different city hall wedding locations you can choose from! Yay for being able to pick a place that matches you best!

Here are the different options:

  • Beverly Hills
  • East Los Angeles
  • Florence/Firestone
  • LAX Courthouse
  • Lancaster
  • Norwalk
  • Van Nuys

Please note that each location allows a different maximum occupancy. If you would like to have guests attend your civil wedding ceremony, usually only 25 people are allowed. So it is important to reach out to the location and confirm.


Step 2: Get your Marriage License

In order to be legally married in a Los Angeles City hall location you must have a marriage license that is issued by Los Angeles County. You cannot get married with a marriage license from another state, county, or country, so it is important that it is from Los Angeles county.

Click here to read a post on how to get your marriage license.


Step 3: Schedule Your Ceremony

Please note that you cannot schedule your ceremony until you have your marriage license! So make sure you apply for that first. Once you have that you can set the date! On your ceremony day you will need your marriage license and a witness that is 18 years or older. If you do not have a witness the location can provide a professional witness for an additional $18.

It is also important to note that the locations have specific days during the week when they hold ceremonies. Click here to find out the times and to schedule your ceremony.

If you prefer to have a friend officiate your wedding they can be deputized for the day! Click here to learn more about that.


Step 4:Register Your Marriage Certificate

After you are married (YAY!) you both, along with the witness and Deputy of Commissioner of Civil Marriages, will need to sign the marriage certificate. To make it official you will then need to register it with Los Angeles county. Once the county has recorded it you will receive your legal copy of the marriage certificate and you WILL OFFICIALLY BE MARRIED!! woot woot!


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