As of March 17, 2020, Andrew Allen of California Wedding Officiant is under a mandatory “Shelter in Place” order that applies to all six San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the chaos and uncertainty that it is causing in the Wedding Industry worldwide, California Wedding Officiant will be observing a temporary moratorium on making new commitments to officiate weddings that feature large groups or gatherings. If you need to have a small wedding urgently,  a select few elopement style ceremonies are available in the Brentwood/Antioch CA area. Go to the Pandemic Civil Elopements Page for more information 

If we all stay alert and follow the recommended guidelines, hopefully, this difficult and challenging time will conclude as soon as possible. Please refer to the Website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local jurisdiction for the latest information and best practices. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones as we all work together to end this crisis. This ordeal is a good reminder of how interdependent we all are on each other.


UPDATE 7/1/2020

Even with the escalating out of control spread of COVID-19, in California and throughout the US, California Wedding Officiant remains committed to offering a magical and memorable wedding ceremony while ensuring the health and safety of the bride and groom, attendees, the officiant, and other vendors. To this end, the couple, members of the wedding party and all guests will be required to wear a mask while attending and/or participating in a wedding ceremony. The CDC and WHO have published guidelines recommending everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is not always convenient or possible. These mandated procedures will be continually monitored and reevaluated with the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, the risk of exposure to an infected person continues to increase, even in people without typical symptoms.

Although universal masking greatly decreases the risk of infection, other recommended precautions should also be followed, such as;


  • Washing hands frequently and carefully
  • Avoiding touching the face
  • Not shaking hands and hugging people
  • Not sharing personal items
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Take physical (social) distancing very seriously
  • Self-quarantining if sick

Contact your Wedding Officiant. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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