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Why choose Lissin?

I love what I do, and feel passionate about being a Celebrant.  It is truly an honor to be part of each couple’s special day. 

I offer a full-service ceremony package.  I guide you through the ceremony process, getting to know who you are and drawing out what you desire for your wedding day rite of passage.  Then I craft your unique and 100% personal ceremony and deliver it with professionalism, humor and authenticity.  Each Celebrant and Officiant is unique, and you want a ceremony specialist you feel great about!  

How is a Life-Cycle Celebrant® different from any other Officiant?

As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, I know that your ceremony is all about you.  You are not going to get the old “Dearly Beloved…” ceremony with me.  Each ceremony I write is individual and personalized to tell *your* love story. 

I offer three levels of Ceremony Packages.

As your Celebrant with my Ultimate Experience Package, I will:

  • Meet with you over coffee, tea or the computer to discuss your vision for the ceremony of your dreams.
  • Offer unlimited phone and email contact for all Ceremony questions, as well as general Wedding support.
  • Consult with you by phone and email until your ceremony is perfect.
  • Provide you with wedding vendor resources and referrals.
  • Lead your wedding rehearsal
  • Arrive for your ceremony at least 30 minutes early to facilitate a calm and joyous beginning
  • Officiate your wedding ceremony
  • File legal paperwork with the County Clerk
  • Send you a beautiful Keepsake Copy of your ceremony  

How much do you charge?

Each couple and ceremony is unique, and my fees are quoted on an individual basis.   My ceremonies range from $250-$500 for spontaneous elopements to $700-$1500 for a fully custom ceremony.  My fee depends on many elements including the location, size, and vision for your ceremony.  Please contact me at 650.455.8438 or for a quote and to check availability.


This is often the first question a couple asks me : )  My name is pronounced “listen” ~ just like “listen to me”.  It reminds me to be an attentive listener when someone says my name.


Well, that depends on what we create!  Typically, my wedding ceremonies run from 15 to 30 minutes.


Tips are never expected and always appreciated.  It is completely up to you.

How do we get a marriage license?

To be married in California, you can apply for a marriage license at any County Clerk’s office in the state within 90 days of your ceremony.  It does not have to be where you live *or* where you are getting married.  There are two kinds of licenses ~ Public and Confidential.  More info about licenses can be found here

Many counties have the paperwork available online so that you can bring it in filled out.  Both partners must go in person to get the paperwork, and remember to bring your ID!  Many counties only accept cash or certified check/money order for the fees, so remember to check before you go. 

San Mateo County Clerk’s Office

San Francisco County Clerk’s Office

Alameda County Clerk’s Office

Santa Clara County Clerk’s Office

Marin County Clerk’s Office

Can you legally marry us?

I am legally ordained to solemnize marriages in California and many other states.  Please contact me if you are interested in my services outside of California.