Think Ready 360

Weddings in unconventional places

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What city are you in?

A. Bakersfield, but I go to most places in Kern County.


Q. How much do you charge?

A. It depends.  If you just want to pop in my office, exchange short vows, and become officially married without the hassle or expense of a big ceremony, $100.  If your fiancé is in custody and we have to work out complex logistics and make multiple trips to the clerk’s office and the jail, it could cost $500 or more.


Q. Who uses your services?

A. There are basically two types of people who use my services. The first type is those who cannot have a traditional wedding because of incarceration, hospitalization, or other problems that make attendance at a church difficult. The second type is those who realize that an expensive wedding can cause financial problems that lead to an expensive divorce. With the average wedding now costing over $25,000, some couples are taking the practical step of saving money by having a small wedding at a park, at the home of a friend, or at some other rent-free location. (see or for sample wedding costs).


Q. Are the weddings you perform legal?

A. Absolutely. So long as you get a valid marriage license from the county, I can perform the solemnization service and record the license.  If it is a jail wedding, I must go to the clerk’s office with you to get the marriage license.


Q. Must I be a member of your church?

A. No. Paul taught that there is only one Church (I Cor. 1:12 & 10:17). My small congregation is simply a branch of the one Church, and I have no desire to pull members from other branches of the church.


Q. Do you do gay weddings?

A. Yes.  We do weddings for any couple who can legally marry.  Who you love is up to you.  It is no one else’s business.


Q. Do you take credit cards?

A. Yes. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.


Q. How long does the service last?

A. It depends on the vows you want. You can write your own vows or use some of the standard vows. I specialize in short ceremonies for people with special needs. If you want a long, fancy ceremony, you probably want someone else.


Q. Do you do weddings in odd places like in a hot air balloon, at the races, at a sporting event, in an airplane, or underwater?

A. Yes


Q. Do you do skydive weddings?

A. No, but you can get married on the plane and then jump out together. I don’t jump.


Q. Can you do languages other than English?

A. I have readily available Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, and Punjabi interpreters, but you must pay them separately from what I charge.  A better option is to bring your own interpreter.


Q. My fiancé is only 17; can you do the wedding with parental consent?

A. Yes, but only if you have obtained a valid license (which requires a court order in California).


Q. Do you do nude weddings?

A. You don’t really want to see me naked, but you can wear whatever you like.


Q. Why would anyone want to be married in jail?

A. Most people don’t want to be married while they are in jail because most people don’t want to be in jail in the first place, but there are reasons to have a jail wedding. Please consider these examples:

  • Cindy and Dave lived together for several years before Dave got picked up and sent to prison. He’s in a prison that allows two-day family visits (often called conjugal visits), but Cindy is not allowed such visits because she is not legally married to Dave.
  • Mary and Juan were arrested together on drug offenses. Juan was released from prison early, but Mary is still on the inside. When Mary goes to her parole interview, she learns that if she is found with Juan on the outside, it will be a violation of her parole to associate with a known drug offender who is not her spouse.
  • Ashley and Jake are in love, and they just want to get married even though Jake is in prison.

Q. Why would anyone want to be married in a hospital?

A. Does anyone really want to be in a hospital in the first place? Please consider these examples of hospitalized people who want to be married:

  • Jane found herself in the hospital about to give birth to Mike’s baby. They had planned to get married, but the wedding didn’t come off before the baby started to come out. They want the baby’s birth certificate to show that mom and dad were married.
  • Estella had been in the hospital for several weeks, and her insurance was running out. Kevin had insurance through his employer that would cover Estella once they were married.
  • Courtney had terminal cancer and knew she was going to die soon. She wanted Chet, her long-time love, to inherit everything she owned, so they decided to marry.