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Wedding in SF Weekend of May 12th - Bride&Groom + 7 guests

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My niece is getting married in SF & there will be 9 of us total. She wants: Beach - 10 min. or so ceremony - I will officiate - then a nice lunch or dinner. I'm thinking China Beach or Baker Beach & meal at Cliff House. Questions: can't we just make a reservation for 9 for lunch or dinner? We don't need a private room or dancing. Do we need a permit to marry them on China Beach or Baker Beach if it's just 9 of us for 10 or 15 minutes? I appreciate any & all info. I live in Honolulu, bride & groom live in San Jose, the rest are coming in from the East Coast. Mahalo (thank you)!

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  1. I just want to make sure you are legal to marry in CA. I am a marriage commissioner and there are limits of who can perform marriages. What is legal in one state is not legal in another. Prpbably if you are a minister, priest, shaman, rabbi, a religious leader you will be OK. To be safe, call the the County Clerk Recorder's office of where they plan to marry. There are one day commissions, but a class is required and you have to apply in person. It is suggested you apply 2 weeks before the event.

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    1. re: Janet

      Aloha Janet & Mahalo for your advice. I am ordained, so I should be okay, but I will also call the County Clerk's office to double check.

    2. I am not a lawyer, but I can't imagine that you would need a separate beach permit for a group of 10 people. It's a big beach. Regarding officiating, it's very easy to get a one-day license to officiate, even if you aren't ordained (I did this for my sister) - as Janet points out, it's different by county. Cliff House has its weaknesses - no real view after dark, good not great food - and as you point out, you should be able to get a nice 10 person reservation. Good plan, go for it!

      [Although - as much as I like Baker & China beach, I'd go for the Marin headlands]

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      1. re: bbulkow

        Aloha bbulkow! & Mahalo for the reply! I will check out the Marin Headlands, I do like the views of the bay, City & Ocean from there, but my niece has her heart set on a beach.