Answers to some possible questions, which you can find out before booking!
We can issue Confidential Marriage License at our wedding chapel. You must present a VALID form of I.D.
One valid identification per person. You have several options (NOT EXPIRED):
- Driver License
- State Identification Card
- Military Service Card
- Naturalization Certificate
- Permanent Resident Card
- Matricula Consular Identification Card (+ Birth Certificate )
- Consular Identification from the Consulate/Embassy of your country
*We translate from most languages for an additional fee ($50–$75 depending on the language and the size of the document)
- If any of such events took place in the last 2 years MUST bring proof of any and all:
- Divorce Certificate
- Death Certificates
- Dissolutions of State Registered Domestic Partnerships
*If your previous marriage ended more than 2 years ago please know the exact date when it ended (month/day/year) as this information will go into the new marriage license.
In the state of California, you must be over the age of 18 to be married.
The County Clerk issues 2 types of marriage licenses, “public” and “confidential”.
We can issue a “confidential marriage license” on the day of your wedding saving you the hassle of waiting in line at the county clerk. We strictly follow the exact same procedures as the Los Angeles Registrar Recorder/County Clerk. You must present valid form of ID., be over 18 and be living together as spouses and if divorced less than two years ago, must present valid proof of divorce. “Confidential” licenses are closed records meaning only you and your husband or wife have access to certified copies of your marriage license. Witnesses are not required. Confidential licenses are filed in Norwalk, California.
Public marriage licenses require a minimum of 1 witness and a maximum of 2 witnesses to sign the license at the ceremony. Public licenses are open records and are filed in Sacramento.
Only the County Clerk can issue a public license. Authorized Notary Publics can issue only confidential marriage licenses. We only issue Confidential marriage licenses at our chapel. If you would like a public marriage license, please obtain one prior to your scheduled wedding and the marriage officiant will sign the license after the ceremony, thus validating the license.
Our Notary public will issue you copies of your license the same day for instant legal proof of marriage. Consider it a “temporary” proof of marriage. However your “certified copy” also known as the “marriage certificate” comes from the Registrar Recorder/County Clerk (R.R.C.C.).
You can Pre-order your certificate with us at our chapel on the day of your wedding. The County Clerk charges $17 per “marriage certificate” – BRING A CHECK PAYABLE TO “Registrar Recorder/County Clerk” on the day of your wedding. The “marriage certificate” will arrive to your home from the county clerk approximately 6-10 weeks after the date of marriage. If you forget to bring a check, we can issue a $17 check to the R.R.C.C. on your behalf for $25 ($17 check + $8 our fee).
No, you do need to be a resident to be legally married in California. The Registrar/Recorder County Clerk will marry anyone over 18, with a valid (not expired). Our Notary Publics are authorized by the Registrar/Recorder County Clerk to marry anyone with a valid as well (non expired) as we follow the exact same procedures as they do. However we can save you the hassle of waiting in line as we are open on weekends.
BUT if you want your marriage recognized in a foreign country, you must order an “Apostille” which is higher grade of certification from the Secretary of State. WE ALSO CAN ASSIST YOU WITH THIS SERVICE and GET YOUR APOSTILLE FASTER THAN ANYONE!
From the official county clerk website:
Please read the following important information about name changes BEFORE completing your marriage license application. NOTE: Changes to your name CANNOT be made once your license is issued.
Please, remember that in California Parties are not required to have the same name, nor are they required to change their name.
You do not sign your new name on the day the wedding on the license. You will need to wait until the certified copy comes to your home 6-10 weeks after the ceremony. After it arrives take it to social security office to update your status from single to married and get a new card. Next go to the DMV and do the same. We also suggest doing the same at your bank. After all of that is completed, you may use your new married name.
Yes we do. Upon booking, let us know that you will want a Spanish speaking Ministry for your wedding date.
As long as they are pocket cameras or phone cameras, then there is no charge. However, if you bring professional equipment ( We consider DLSR cameras with detachable lenses are pro equipment) then we do charge an $150 fee.
Please note: If you order ANY of our photo packages we WAIVE the $150 fee and your “pro” photographers will be allowed to shoot with our outstanding photographers. Our photography packages are highly recommended as we have a tremendous amount of experience shooting at our chapel and we see other outside photographer’s work and it is usually subpar.
Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Currently, we suggest you arrive already dressed.
We are actually the only wedding chapel in L.A. with free parking option. The main lot in front of our location is free to guests on a first come first serve basis.
All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.
In order to marry at our chapel you must be personally sure you fulfill this criteria:
- You must be certain you want to be married. ( It is a legally binding act )
- You must be certain you would like to marry at our chapel. ( You will need to commit with a non-refundable deposit as all payments are non-refundable).
- You must be aware that during Covid times, millions of brides have postponed their dates.
NOTE: You can push the wedding back up to 12 months from the wedding date you booked to use the full value of your money paid.
Lucky Wedding Day does NOT sell alcohol nor we include alcohol in any of our reception packages.
However, YES, if you have booked a reception with us you may bring your own Champagne bottles and/or premium beers and wine selections for you guests IF you have purchased “host liquor liability insurance” prior to your event. This type of insurance costs $125 and must be purchased no later than 72 hours prior to your event. You may purchase the insurance via this link: https://www.wedsure.com/?ref=qBG6tWzV
Once purchased we will get an instant copy of the agreement for our files.
Running late can be an issue as we will most likely have a wedding scheduled after yours. We recommend getting here 15 minutes prior to your wedding.
If you are running extremely late, your photo session might be shortened, or worst case scenario, your wedding start time will be held up until we have another opening in our schedule later that day.
The both of you will be at the chapel approximately 90 minutes if you have ordered a package with us that includes photography. The actual ceremony at the alter lasts about 25 minutes. However, with photography, signing the license, the wedding march etc, about an hour and a half is realistic. If you did not a photography package and are just doing a ceremony with us, plan to be here approximately an hour.
Yes we stream music for your guests to listen to before the ceremony starts. We also can play 1 specific song for you for your entrance. The song should be at least 3 minutes in length. The song will play for the entrance of the entourage and for the bride.
Yes you can. If you know someone dear to you that would love to officially marry you, by all means bring him or her in. As long as the ceremony is 25min or less ( standard actual ceremony time at the “alter”) then having your friend, family member or your own pastor is a great idea to personalize your wedding. The person must be ordained in order to marry you.
We are the best because our owners are true romantics. We believe everyone deserves a dignified, respectful, sincere wedding without paying an arm and a leg. We are the best because we have always fought for REAL LOVE. We believe that no matter where you were born, your orientation or your religion if you believe in love – then Lucky Wedding Day Chapel is for you. We believe we are the best wedding chapel in LA. However, the ultimate truth is we are only as great as the couples that get married in our CHAPEL. Your love makes us happy!