Plan Your Marriage Ceremony

Who Can Perform a Marriage Ceremony?

    A clergy member of your choosing who is ordained to perform marriages can marry you.​​​

    A County Deputy Marriage Commissioner can perform a civil marriage at the Clerk-Recorder’s Wedding Chapel.

    You’ll need to reserve the Wedding Chapel in person at the Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Ceremonies are scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

    The county also offers a walk-in, express marriage ceremony. The ceremony is performed at the service window, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.​

    Any Judge, retired Judge, or designated Court official can perform a civil marriage ceremony. Check with the official for information on fees and availability.

    To schedule a ceremony with a Superior Court Judge, contact the Superior Court at (408) 882-2739.​​​​​​

    A friend or family member can perform your marriage ceremony if they are deputized. That friend or family member applies—in person at the Clerk-Recorder’s Office—to become a One-Time Deputy Marriage Commissioner.

    The individual needs:

    • Current government-issued identification (passport, driver’s license, permanent resident card…)
    • The names of the couple being married
    • The date and location of the wedding ceremony
    • The county where the couple plans to apply for a marriage license


    The fee for this service is $80.00, payable by cash, check, or debit/credit card ($2.50 convenience fee applies for debit and credit cards).​​​​​​​​​​​

    Civil Marriage Ceremonies at the County

    Wedding Chapel at 70 W. Hedding, San Jose, CA

    The County has everything you need for a civil marriage ceremony:

    • A wedding chapel

      You’ll need to reserve the chapel in person; ceremonies are scheduled for 10-minute blocks of time, Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. You can purchase additional ten-minute blocks for a longer ceremony.

      The chapel seats 15 people.

    • A wedding official who marries you.
    • A witness to the wedding—bring a friend or family member to witness the event or, for a fee, the county can provide a witness.
    • Wedding rings (sterling silver bands available in ring sizes of 5 to 13).

    Express Marriage Services

    An express marriage ceremony is the fastest way to get married at the County. Walk in, apply for a marriage license, and get married at the service window.

    The Clerk-Recorder's Office provides a witness to your marriage as part of this quick marriage service.

    Civil Marriage Fees

    Required Fee

     

    Civil Ceremony in Chapel with Commissioner

    $80.00

    or

     

    Express Marriage Ceremony at Service Window

    $120.00

    Optional Fees

    Additional 10-minute block of time in Chapel

    $40.00

    County Witness

    $10.00

    Sterling Silver-Band Ring

    $20.00

    Chapel Rental

    Anyone can rent the Clerk-Recorder’s Wedding Chapel for a marriage, commitment ceremony, or similar ceremony. You must provide your own official and the cost for a 10-minute reservation is $40. Your reservation must be made in person and the chapel usage fee must be paid in advance. Call the Marriage Registrar for more information: 408-299-5658.

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