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Dr. Richard A. Kaplowitz, Officiant

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 ELOPING, and other SHORT NOTICE Weddings

Why People Elope

A quick trip to see an Elvis impersonator in Vegas is almost as antiquated as the clichéd ladder up the side of the house in the middle of the night. 

These days, many couples choose to elope right here in the Bay Area, and save a small fortune.

You can have minimal stress for your wedding day and yet, with Rick’s help, still have a ceremony that will remain special and treasured. 


Many couples find it preferable to have the marriage ceremony now, and then manage the communications process to their families and friends afterwards.


The Top Reasons Why Couples Elope include:

  1. to have an affordable wedding
  2. to save time
  3. to maintain your sanity
  4. to have fun
  5. to have freedom from the norm
  6. to redirect money towards buying a house
  7. to start immigration procedures
  8. to get around the high cost of destination weddings
  9. to avoid needing to have marriage documents translated from a foreign language
  10. to circumnavigate family politics
  11. to fit the complex schedules of two-career couples
  12. to make it legal when everyone else already thinks it is, but it really isn’t

How to Arrange Your
  Short-Notice Ceremony

Couples who marry on short notice usually
one or
two close family members and/ or friends
 as witnesses, but no elaborate reception or party at that time.  


Rick will invite you to his home, and marry you under a majestic pear tree in the yard, if weather permits, or inside as appropriate. 


Or, he will meet you at an appropriate site that you have chosen for your elopement. 


The normal fee for a gracious and caring short-notice ceremony with up to four guests is $120-$250.   You will need a bride, a groom, 1 or 2 witnesses, and a wedding license. 


Elopement and Short-notice ceremonies are generally arranged by phone.  


Call Rick directly to discuss your short-notice marriage, at 650. 852 – 9700, or use the Contact Rick form.

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Eloping / getting married on short notice can be fun and romantic … 

  • A small private wedding 
  • with or without a wedding gown, with or without a bridal bouquet 
  • The ceremony may be restricted to the bride and groom (and usually at least one witness), 
  • or it may include a few close friends, and/or family members, 
  • and be followed by a nice dinner after the ceremony and maybe even (or not) a brief honeymoon.

If one or both members of a couple in love face opposition from one or more of the parents to the marriage due to religious, racial or cultural misconceptions, elopement may be the only option they have to begin their wedded life together.

A simple elopement ceremony can be arranged quickly, and economically, at a fraction of the rates charged by cruise lines and resorts for their cookie cutter impersonal ceremonies.

If you already have a valid current marriage license, Rick can often perform your ceremony the same day.  And Rick’s elopement ceremonies are much more memorable and heart-felt than the more sterile options performed by a municipal clerk after you've waited in line at City Hall.


Call Rick directly to discuss your short-notice marriage, at 650. 852 – 9700, or use the Contact Rick form. 

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Alumni -- now living

in Florida -- eloping 

on the campus

where they met



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