(CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif.) Are you looking to save some money on a ceremony? Or just want something smaller before your official wedding celebration? Contra Costa County officials are offering some help to folks planning their special day.
With Valentine's Day approaching fast, the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder is offering residents an opportunity to reserve its services for their special day.
To hold a ceremony at the Clerk-Recorder's office, residents need to make an appointment. Anyone hosting a civil marriage can bring up to five guests, however, only one witness will be required to certify the marriage.
Interested residents must secure a marriage license prior to making an appointment with the county. To obtain a marriage license, click here.
There are two different types of marriage licenses: public and confidential. A public license indicates that the ceremony can take place anywhere in the state, at least one witness must be present and applicants must be unmarried and at least 18 years old. If a minor is obtaining a marriage license, a certified copy of a court order is required to prove consent. This marriage record can be made available to the public upon request.
A confidential license indicates the interested parties are currently living together as spouses, no witnesses are allowed to sign the marriage license and applicants must be unmarried and at least 18 years old. This marriage record is only available to the parties named on the license.
For any additional information about how Contra Costa County can help residents prepare for nuptials, click here.