A Bride asks her Orange County California Event Coordinator - “…We have a lay officiant conducting our ceremony, he is from San Diego county and he wanted to make sure that he would be able to perform the ceremony in Orange county. Do you know if he needs to have a license from orange county in order to perform the ceremony?...”February 9, 2011 –
"4. What authorization do I need to perform a marriage in California?
• In California, it is the ordination or investment by the denomination that gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite. Family Code, Sections 400-402 are the statutes pertaining to who can solemnize a marriage in California.
5. What statutes do I need to know to perform a marriage in California?
• The marriage officiant who performs the marriage ceremony must know the California laws regarding the performance of a marriage and the requirements for officiants. Family Code, Sections 420-425 are the statutes pertaining to the performance of a marriage in California. Please visit http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/ for the full Family Code sections.