14 couples to marry at John Muir House as ‘Destination Weddings’ returns


Fourteen couples will get married at the John Muir National Historic Site on Friday in Contra Costa County’s first “Destination Weddings” event since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder’s Office and the National Park Service are partnering to perform weddings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 1882 Victorian-style mansion at 4202 Alhambra Ave in Martinez.

All wedding ceremony slots have been booked due to the event’s popularity, so no unscheduled appointments will be accommodated. The Clerk-Recorder’s office is providing seating for five guests for each ceremony.

Before the pandemic, Destination Wedding sites have included the John Muir house, Mount Diablo State Park in Concord, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Park in Richmond, and the California Theatre in Pittsburg.  

Couples must purchase a license before their ceremony. The fee for a public marriage license is $86, while a confidential license is $90. The civil marriage ceremony fee is $60.

For information about marriage license and ceremony services, go to www.contracostacore.us or call the office at (925) 335-7900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.

Photo credit: Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder’s Office