How It Works

Military Mondays will be UNAVAILABLE for services:

Monday, October 01, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018

We will return to Serving those that Serve us on November 19th 2018 in time for the Thanksgiving week Holiday!

The Military Mondays concept is to provide…

  • a simple, fun and romantic elopement ceremony for our military couple with up to 4 guests as an alternative to the County Clerk civil ceremony in a 20X20 office with the white plastic arch OR a quick and expensive trip to Vegas.
  • a ceremony performed at one of two beautiful San Diego coastal locations.
  • professional photographic images of the ceremony.

… all at no charge.

In addition, we will attempt to secure additional volunteer services such as a floral bouquet, videography and music.

These FREE elopement services for our full time active military members are offered on non-holiday Mondays. (Other Mondays may also be excluded and noted on the calendar when booking).

Elopement Ceremonies are held at the following San Diego locations.

©2017 Military Mondays™ / Military Mondays ceremony locations North Coast: Oceanside Marina Suites / Downtown: Bali Hai Restaurant Photo Credits: Rev. Christopher

  • San Diego Bay  – at the beautiful Bali Hai Restaurant*** on Shelter Island overlooking San Diego Bay at the iconic San Diego Skyline.
  • San Diego North Coastal – on the peninsula lawn of the Oceanside Marina Suites*** in Oceanside Harbor with unobstructed harbor and ocean views.

*** Based on Venue Availability

  • You may NOT HIRE and/or bring along any additional wedding vendors including photography.
  • You will be notified by text the morning of your ceremony of any additional services (video, floral, musician, etc.).
  • You must provide current/valid Military I.D. card and a public or confidential State of California marriage license prior to ceremony.
  • No more than 4 guests/witnesses. No Exceptions.
  • FULL-TIME active duty Military Only. (Guard/Reserve/Veterans not eligible)
  • No Vow Renewals or celebrations. (Must have valid marriage license)
  • Services at the two locations offered.
  • Non-Holiday Mondays ONLY.

Full list of Terms and Conditions are HERE

Its Humble Beginnings

Military Mondays™


©2017 Military Mondays™In 2007, Rev. Christopher Tuttle received a call from a panicked Marine who wanted to get married. Seems he and his Bride had already secured their marriage license and Officiant and were devastated to learn they were being left stranded on the beach. With this being a holiday Monday, unable to get married by the base Chaplain and the courthouse closed they were indeed in panic mode… They had heard that Elope to San Diego offered a military discount for elopement services and asked for assistance. Rev. Christopher shared his rate and instructions over the phone and agreed to meet them last minute at the beach before sunset to help it all come together.

That is when the magic happened; his epiphany! Following their romantic ceremony Rev. Christopher didn’t accept the Marine’s payment. He simply said “I always enjoying Serving those that Serve us so let’s consider this a “Military Monday”, Semper Fi Marine!”. 

That’s when “Military Mondays” was born and, from that very day, literally hundreds of military couples from around the world, from all branches of military service and of various ranks have been provided their elopement service at NO COST as a way to continue Serving those that Serve us!

In November 2015, Vows From the Heart celebrated it’s 500th FREE Military Mondays Celebration!

Military Mondays celebrates its 500th FREE elopement ceremony!

A San Diego couple is paying it forward, vowing to serve local veterans by helping them exchange their vows free of charge.  In fact, Monday marked a major milestone.  They officiated their 500th military wedding bayside at sunset on the grounds of the Bali Hai.

The husband and wife team that helps these heroes get hitched has a remarkable story of their own. San Diego 6’s Laura Cavanaugh introduces us to two local wedding chaplains and their selfless journey to serve those who serve us.

The Tuttle’s have been performing Military Mondays since 2007.  It is open to all branches of active duty military. Over the last five years, the chaplains, along with their team of wedding vendor volunteers, have donated more than $387,000 to local veterans.  To find out how you can connect and help them help you say “I do,” log on to

In February 2016 and 2017, Vows From The Heart celebrated Oceanside Valentine’s Week with FREE mini weddings for our military Brides and Grooms.


The Chaplains

You’re invited to meet the fun multi-award winning couple behind Military Mondays! A Husband and Wife Chaplain team that are focused on making your ceremony everything it should be without the high costs associated with getting married.

Military Mondays is our favorite part of our wedding ministry! To be able to help our heroes is a true blessing! – Chaplain Mary

Photo: Elle.g. Photography
Christopher and Mary, Wedding Chaplains

Blessed by their calling in life, their excitement in marriage and…. simply being a couple in love shows in every ceremony they present to their military couples.

Upbeat, happy and joyful are just a few words to describe the type of ceremony they are part of.

Whether a civil type ceremony, spiritual or religious, they focus on on their couples without any judgement or personal agenda.

Vows From The Heart is a multi-award winning ceremony service!

WINNER of The Knot’s 2017 & 2018 “Best of Weddings”

WINNER of the 2017 “Couples’ Choice Awards” by the couples of WeddingWire!
WeddingWire Brides Choice Awards
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

Voted the BEST Wedding Officiant in San Diego!

Best of Borrowed and Blue

WINNER of the 2014 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Better Business Bureau of San Diego 2014 "Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics" awarded to Vows from The Heart Ministries



Please fill out the following Form to begin the booking process:


Person 1 Name (required)

Military Branch and Rank

Person 1 Email (required)

Person 1 Age (required)

Person 1 Gender (required)

Person 1 Cell Number (required)

Do You Text? (required)


Person 2 Name (required)

Military Branch and Rank

Person 2 Email (required)

Person 2 Age (required)

Person 2 Gender (required)

Person 2 Cell Number (required)

Do You Text? (required)

NOTE - You MUST provide us with the following Mailing Address information.



Please Note the following:
~ Military Mondays are not performed on any Holiday Monday.
~ We DO NOT book more than 4 weeks in advance.
~ Although you are given an option for time and location, you will be given the next availability on date requested.

If you don't see the date listed below, please consider it unavailable.

Date of Ceremony (required)

Time of Ceremony Desired (required)

Ceremony Venue Desired (required)
Whatever is availableOceanside Marina SuitesBali Hai Restaurant - Shelter Island

Type of Ceremony (required)
All ceremonies are fun, romantic and lighthearted.

How many witnesses (required) You are limited to 4 - No Exceptions

Please take a moment to share with us why our Military Mondays outreach is what you're looking for. Hint: The more information you share with us for your FREE Military Mondays elopement, the better: 😊 (required)


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By submitting my request for Military Mondays Services I have read and agree to the following Terms and Conditions linked here: Terms and Conditions