How It Works

The Military Mondays concept is to provide…

  • a simple, fun and romantic FREE elopement ceremony for our military couple with up to 4 witnesses as an alternative to the impersonal County Clerk civil ceremony in a 20X20 office with the white plastic arch OR a quick and expensive trip to Vegas.
  • performed at one of two beautiful San Diego coastal location.
  • provide professional photographic images of the ceremony at no charge.

In addition, we will attempt to secure additional volunteer services such as a 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

  • Downtown  – 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.

You may NOT HIRE and/or bring along any additional wedding vendors including photography and you will be notified by text of any additional services (video, floral, musician, etc.) secured the morning of your ceremony.

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 witnesses. No Exceptions.

Military Mondays: Special Edition

On February 6, 2017 we’ve teamed up with to celebrate Oceanside Valentine’s Week presenting

Military Mondays: Special Edition!

One day of mini-weddings that include a harbor-side venue with arch and chairs for up to 20 guests… Flowers, Photography, music and a mini wedding cake!


Fill out the “Booking” form and select the “February 6” date to apply and information will be sent!

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.

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.

Its Humble Beginnings

©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!

See the new report on San Diego’s CW Channel 6 HERE

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