What happens when you meet a minister that you do not know?
Many people planning their wedding already have a minister, priest, pastor or friendly judge to perform their ceremony. Others turn to Arizona Ministers because of our many years of experience and trust earned by thousands of couples. Meeting us is a breeze and there are no surprises!
Rather than meet in a noisy coffee shop or cavernous hotel lobby, our Phoenix Wedding Studio is located in North Phoenix. We are conveniently located on Union Hills Drive just west of the 51 Piestewa Freeway. The marriage license office is the first driveway east of the 51, so you can actually plan to meet us and get your marriage license on the same trip.
Phoenix Wedding Studio is a clean, comfortable and private place to discuss your ceremony plans. You’ll find us wearing resort casual attire. Restrooms and cold water are always available. When we meet, we simply get acquainted by letting you ask questions and tell us what you already know about your wedding day.
Next, we ask a few questions to further guide us. We take copious notes during our meeting so your ceremony can have all the elements you desire. We also go over a ceremony outline to discuss each and every point. We might even role-play part of the ceremony. You’ll have every opportunity to add, delete or change any aspect of the ceremony content.
We’re comfortable with all couples and sensitive to family issues. We will give you a copy of our three-step rehearsal guide you can use or you can hire us to lead the rehearsal. Finally, we give you a copy of our wedding services agreement and go over the details. You can book us on the spot or take a few days to meet other ministers. You’ll never feel pressured by Arizona Ministers.
We can discuss others participating, themes, and more (see below).
If you are planning a wedding ceremony at a valley residence, we would be happy to meet with you on site. We are an unpretentious “down to earth” couple. You will find us leaders, not pushers. We gladly & openly discuss our education, ordination credentials and will provide exceptional references. Don’t expect judgement or disappointment. We are friendly and truly want your wedding ceremony experience to be fun and stress-free.
PHIL & GWEN WARING
You don’t have to call us “Rev.” and you don’t have to understand a religious language to be married. Here is some Marriage Terminology we can explore further together…
- Wedding Ceremony: Arizona marriage law requires couples be married in a wedding ceremony.
- Non-denominational Ceremony: Christian content, but of no specific Christian denomination (Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, etc.). For some, this term has evolved to mean non-secterian.
- Non-secterian or Civil Ceremony: Content with no prayer or reference to God/deity.
- Interfaith Ceremony: Content with respect to two or more religions/faiths.
- Marriage License: A State Law requirement, but County-issued document permitting marriage throughout Arizona.
- Certified Copy: A photo copy of the original marriage license (a stub in most counties) with an official state seal.
- Witnesses: Marriage law requires two witnesses of an age of 18 or older sign the marriage license following the wedding ceremony.
- Apostille: A document issued by the Secretary of State to verify the proper recording of a marriage license.
- Wedding Officiant: An ordained minister or judge who performs a wedding ceremony.
- Minister: Title of duly ordained leaders such as pastors, vicars, or priests, who maintain a relationship with the issuing institution.
- Judge: An individual elected or appointed to preside over a court.
- Reverend: Title assigned to a minister by some Christian denominations or to wedding vendors like Universal Life Church.
- Memorial Candle: In honor of family members unable to attend, the couple or someone special lights a single candle.
- Unity Candle: Couple lights a single candle representing the joining of their lives, usually set to music.
- Sand Blending: Couple pours two vessels of sand into another, representing the joining of their lives, usually set to music.
- Bell of Truce: A special bell is rung by the couple and sometimes others, to be used as an heirloom reminder of the day.
- Lasso: A necklace in the shape of the infinity sign is placed over the couple’s shoulders at some point.
- Gold Coins: Golden coins, representing the new family’s future wealth is exchanged between the couple.
- Manteau: A cape placed over the couple’s shoulders at some point.
- Wine Box Sealing: Love letters and a bottle of wine are sealed in a box to share on a specific anniversary.
- Gold Cords: Three braided gold cords are tied into a beautiful keepsake knot with a warm challenge for the couple.
- Christ Candle: To represent the presence of God in the ceremony, the couple or someone special lights a single candle.