Frequently Asked Questions
Please Note the following for Oceanside – Cassidy Street Location:
There are NO public changing rooms or public restrooms. Plan ahead of time!
This is a public beach and not a private ceremony venue; areas of the beach/sand/park can not be reserved ahead of time.
Access to the beach at this location is NOT handicapped accessible and is NOT recommended for those with special needs.
With so many elopement services to chose from, why Elope to Oceanside (Vows From The Heart)? Many reasons that include holding an A+ rating with the San Diego Better Business Bureau and Vows From The Heart has won WeddingWire’s “Couple’s Choice Award” in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009. (The only San Diego Officiant to win this award 10 YEARS IN A ROW)
Beware of wedding or elopement services making unsubstantiated claims. ANYONE can say they’ve been performing weddings in San Diego for generations, or create their own emblem proclaiming they are the BEST, the BIGGEST, the OLDEST or MOST TRUSTED. Those claims don’t mean a thing without an objective, 3rd party accreditation or governance to back them up! Do your homework; check reviews on Wedding Wire, Yelp and others before you decide who to trust with your most important day! Check our ratings with WeddingWire and Yelp and then, compare our ratings and reviews with the other services.
Can you give any advice that will help? Our best piece of advice is this; This is an elopement! Throw away any of the formalities of a wedding. There is nothing to plan other than transportation, lodging (if needed) and obtaining your license. Really, it’s that easy. Remember, an elopement is running away with your beloved to make it easy and you can make it and it should be, stress-free. No processional, Recessional, giving away, etc. Just simple and stress free.
Can we have chairs and an altar? No, that would not be an elopement, this would then simply become a small wedding and everything changes in style, presentation, etc.. We still offer this wedding services however, not through Elope to San Diego and none of the vendors offer specials. Full service Weddings, large or small, can be booked through this website at www.vowsfromtheheart.com
Can we play music from a smartphone, bluetooth speaker or the like? No, as this is an elopement and there is no processional or recessional to walk in or out from and more importantly, it’s very difficult as it is to to talk with wind, waves and people; adding music would only make this worse.
Do I have to get my license in California? Yes! Do not bring a marriage license from another State, it would not valid. If you reside in the State of California, you may obtain your license from your County Clerk’s office and bring it with you as it’s valid anywhere in the State of California.
May I have my family and friends at the elopement? You may invite up to 17 witnesses. Our Elope to Oceanside service with no more 20 people TOTAL, including the three of us.
One of the other elopement services charges more for more than 4 guests, do you? No and we have the same question you do regarding this practice by the others, why?
One of the other elopement services makes you upgrade to a $1000 package if there are more than 4 guests, do you? No and just like the question above, we have the same question you do regarding this practice by the others, why?
Do I get to choose the location? As of now, we only offer our Elope to Oceanside services at the Cassidy Street location.
Are there other areas of San Diego you perform elopements? Yes, please visit www.elopetosandiego.com
Update: By order of the San Diego Park Ranger, we are no longer allowed to perform elopement at any of the Sunset Cliffs park or La Jolla shoreline beaches or parks with you obtaining an event permit (Up to $200). As of January 2019, no permit is required for Oceanside with our 20 person limit.
Do we meet prior? This is an elopement, there are no meetings, interviews, ceremony reviews, etc. We’re the simplicity of a courthouse ceremony but with a much prettier view!
Are you available for a rehearsal? This is an elopement and there is no rehearsal as there is nothing to rehearse.
Can we review or write our own ceremony? No, and this would not be an elopement. Remember, the concept of Elope to San Diego is to make your elopement special at a beautiful location rather than the courthouse. Although we do offer our couples the opportunity to write and speak their own vows during the ceremony if desired, and also include one of the two acts of celebration listed and offered, there is no written ceremony to review or edit.
Do you work with coordinators? As this is an elopement there would be no need to hire or work with a coordinator. If so, you would just be having a small wedding. If you have one already, that’s okay however, he or she would not be needed at the ceremony site for any reason and would be better served for your plans before or after. We do not work with coordinators nor do we book third party for elopements simply because there is nothing to coordinate with the ceremony! We work with couples directly and do not allow services to have an additional fee added to it and do not participate in any “package” deals or offers with coordinators or will ever leave the impression that we are part of a group. Remember, we are here to serve and save you money! Just the two of us!
Do I have to use your vendors for photography, etc? We prefer that you do as all are very familiar with the elopement ceremony and what they can do during the ceremony. They have all agreed to offer their services at a major discount to Elope to San Diego couples. Also, If you are using a photographer NOT associated with Elope to San Diego, there are many restrictions and they should know these before you hire them. Please talk to us before booking to make sure they fully understand.
What if I have to cancel the date and time? The retainer is non-refundable and non-transferable to another date, time or location. You will have to agree to this numerous times during the booking process so there is never a misunderstanding of the term; non-refundable and non-transferable.
What if it rains? The ceremony must go on! We provide a large three person umbrella in case of showers or rain. Remember, it’s good luck if it rains on your special day! If you secure another location in the same area, simply let us know and we will try and do our best to accommodate your new request of arrangements.
Do you get the permits for us if we need one? We do not obtain permits for elopements and there is no need for permits for our elopement services in Oceanside. If you need a permit, it’s a small wedding and no longer is an elopement.
Can we include our children? Yes, of course and it brings such a wonderful element to your ceremony. Acts of celebration like the Sand Ceremony or gifting items to child can be added to help them share in the magic of your day! (You must provide any and all celebration items)