how to create a special elopement day

Getting married at the Laguna Hills Civic Center or any other similar location typically involves a series of steps and adhering to specific rules and regulations. Keep in mind that the exact process and requirements may vary by location, so it's essential to contact the Civic Center or the appropriate local government office to get the most accurate and up-to-date information. Here are some general rules and tips for getting married at a civic center:

Obtain a Marriage License

You and your partner must first obtain a marriage license from the county clerk's office in the county where you plan to get married. In this case, you would likely visit the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's office.

Choose a Date and Time

Contact the Laguna Hills Civic Center or the specific location within the Civic Center where you want to hold your ceremony to inquire about availability and book a date and time.

Marriage Officiant

The Civic Center will supply the officiant. The space has a white flower alter, with seating for up to 20.

Laguna Hills Civic Center wedding
Laguna Hills Civic Center wedding
Laguna Hills Civic Center wedding

Marriage License Processing

Make sure to bring your marriage license with you on the day of the ceremony. Your officiant will sign it, along with your witnesses, after the ceremony. Afterward, your officiant should return the license to the county clerk's office to be recorded. After you check it, you'll wait to be called in to saw your vows.

Marriage License Requirements

  • Both parties should be present to obtain the marriage license.
  • You'll need valid photo identification (e.g., driver's license or passport).
  • There may be a waiting period before the license becomes effective, so plan accordingly. It will come in the mail.


In California, you need at least one witness (in addition to the officiant) to sign the marriage license. Most places require two witnesses. Check the specific requirements with the Civic Center.

Marriage Fees

Be prepared to pay fees for the marriage license and any rental fees for the Civic Center venue

Marriage Certificate

After your marriage is recorded, you can request a certified copy of your marriage certificate for legal purposes or name changes. It will be mailed to you, and you should plan on at least 2 copies, just incase. As of 10/2023, the fee is approximately $7 each copy.

Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding
Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding
Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding

Decor and Setup

Discuss with the Civic Center about any rules regarding decorations, seating, and setup for your wedding ceremony.


Ensure you understand the venue's capacity limits and any restrictions regarding the number of guests, up to 20 guests at this location.

Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding
Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding

Photography and Videography

Any hired vendors will count in your guest capacity, so plan accordingly. The property has some beautiful options for photos before/after your appointment. To create a complete wedding day vibe, photographers can offer a 4 hour elopement package. This is great to have the ability to tell the story of your day through an album, and reminisce on your special day with loved ones. The benefit of an elopement day: getting ready photos and details, photos on site at the beautiful Laguna Hills Civiv Center property, capture family portraits with your guests, venture of to another location (or two) for romantics portraits, and meet your guests at a restaurant to celebrate. Keep mind that any location in the city of Laguna requires a photo permits, and the processing time is 7 business days. Take advantage of the beautiful beaches and overlooks for a small fee. Your photographer can advise on a plan that works with your appointment slot.

Marriage Regulations

Familiarize yourself with any specific rules and regulations set by the Civic Center or local government that may apply to your ceremony if you have any special requests.


Plan a day of adventure with your photographer to create art to document the occasion, or have a small reception with friends and family. Why not both? Eloping gives so much wiggle room to curate the stress-free day of your dreams.

Remember that the rules and regulations can change, so it's essential to contact the Laguna Hills Civic Center or the relevant local authorities well in advance to ensure a smooth and legal wedding ceremony.

Contact Breana Isley Photography for your Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding Day coverage, and enjoy the intimate elopement day of your dreams.

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Laguna wedding
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