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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Marriage License Guide for Greater Phoenix

To get a marriage license in the Greater Phoenix area, specifically Maricopa County, an engaged couple must appear in person together at one of the Justice Court offices listed below and each must present a photo ID. You may be required to provide a driver’s license as proof of age. You must appear in person to obtain a marriage license in Maricopa County. Marriage licenses are usually not available online.

The fee for a marriage license, which is valid throughout Arizona, is $72.00 payable by cash or check with a driver’s license or bank guarantee card or credit card. If you are purchasing a license at the Justice Courts, they accept checks, money orders, or cashiers checks. No cash or credit cards are accepted.

A copy of a divorce decree is not required. No blood test is required.

It is recommended that you also purchased one or more “Certified” copies of the marriage license (about $26.00 each) to be sent to you after the license is filed by the Officiant with the Clerk of the Court.

Social Security requires it from a Bride who will be changing her name. It will be sent to you about 6 to 8 weeks (it could be less depending upon which month you get married) after the County Court Clerk records it. Larry James will file the license the first business day after the wedding. For directions to the North Phoenix Social Security Card Center, click here.

If you have a “passport” and your name will be or has been legally changed due to marriage, you will need a certified copy of your marriage license to submit along with one or more official forms to have your name changed on your passport. For more information and links to download the forms you will need, click here.

You will receive your marriage license and can be married on the same day you apply for it. An unused marriage license expires one year from the date of purchase.

If you are under the age of 18, you must either have a notarized parental consent form or have your parents accompany you, present the proper identification, and sign the parental consent form in front of the clerk issuing your license.

If you are age 16 – 17 identification and one of the following documents showing proof of age is needed: a) certified copy of birth certificate; b) current driver’s license; c) state or military I.D. card; or d) current passport

If you are age 15 or under, you must also have a court order. To obtain a court order you must contact Conciliation Court at: 602-506-3296.

Most Justice Court offices are open until 5:00 p.m. MST, however you are encouraged to arrive by 4 p.m. to complete the paperwork.

Click here for information on “Arizona Covenant Marriage License Requirements.”

Because days, times and fees are subject to change without notice, you are encouraged to call to verify days and times of office hours and form of acceptable payment before you go.

For a list of all of the places in the Greater Phoenix area where you can get a Marriage License, click here. For information in all other states, click here.

Also read: “Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Reception Not at the Wedding Venue?

Filed under: Receptions,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Having a reception at a place other than where the wedding is taking place?

Remember to put a map in the invitations. It’s also a good idea to put a map to the reception in the ceremony program (that is, if everyone is invited to the reception).

Ask the post office for a selection of romantic stamps from which to choose. Ask to see the newest “Love” stamps.

Spritz your invitations with your favorite fragrance.

Be sure to mail invitations six to eight weeks before the big day; be sure to include a deadline (of two to three weeks before the wedding) on your reply cards! If you haven’t received all of your RSVPs by 15 days before the wedding, designate a family member of friend to telephone those who have not responded.

Don’t send your invitations out on a rainy day, especially if you plan to use a public mailbox. All that dampness may damage the paper and cause the ink to blur.

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Best Use of 10% of Your Budget: Hire a Coordinator!

Amy Bacon, Guest Author

Do you need a Wedding Planner? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Be realistic about the time you really have to devote to putting together the sort of wedding you want. If you have lots of spare time, you may be able to pull it off. Interesting enough, most Brides simply don’t think they can afford a planner (silly Brides!), and it’s the one vendor they WISH they’d spent a portion of their budget on. Ask a recent bride, she’ll tell you the same!

Here are some good reasons we believe that tell the story of why you should hire a wedding planner:

• You’re planning your wedding in another city or state.

• You have special needs, such as finding a place of worship that will accommodate a mixed- religion ceremony, or would like to track down a caterer who can prepare a diabetic-friendly, or vegan/vegetarian menu.

• Both you and your fiancé work long hours and/or travel frequently for business, and you want a big, blow out event; but who can make the time for all the detail work AND end up a nice woman, when it’s all said and done?

• You don’t particularly like hassling with little details; you’re a “big picture” person.

• You want someone else to do the leg work for you! As an example: your coordinator/planner, after spending time with you knows what your budget and needs are and sets appointments with vendors they think will be a good match. You don’t waste your time looking for vendors by going on appointments that are a total waste of time based on price points, or your budget/vision.

• You’d like to be able to purely enjoy your day with no worries regarding any issues that will undoubtedly transpire.

A wedding planner can actually SAVE you money – Most planners will be able to get you discounts with different vendors that they work with on a regular basis (baker for your cake or cupcakes, catering, photography, flowers, videographer, officiates, and even at venues)!

Brides: You need a “Day-Of” coordinator; you just don’t realize it!

Why? Well firstly, you’re hosting the biggest party of your life! (How many people can you imagine would throw a formal, sit-down party for over 50 people and not hire help? Exactly!). Secondly, we know how perfect you’d like everything to be and we know after years of experience, a Bride cannot sanely be in 8 places at one time and truly enjoy her day. Thirdly, your choice of reception site may have a Catering Manager, but it’s really not her job to be sure you stay on schedule or to wrangle!

Our “Day-Of” Wedding Consulting Service will afford you a sense of control and ease, allowing you the opportunity to relax, enjoy and be in the moment:

• Complete oversight for your Rehearsal and Wedding Day

• On-site meetings prior to the Wedding to ensure placement of flowers, gift books, etc

• We’ll keep you completely on Schedule the Day-Of

• We’ll make sure each attendant knows their role for the ceremony

• Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Tutoring

We communicate with every contracted Vendor prior and the day of, ensuring all requirements are met. They will know exactly where to be and what the bride’s and grooms expectations are.

We’ll make sure your photographer and videographer get the Photos and Reel from your Shot Lists, etc.

Cuing the music, the procession and more.

Why Hiring a Wedding Planner is imperative…

While you may not need someone to assist with the menu or your dress or color choices or any number of your dream desires for your wedding day, we strongly advise hiring a “Day-Of” coordinator, who at the very least will assist you for some months prior to and the Day-Of; we’re here to assist and as much or little as you like!

What is a “Day-Of” Coordinator? For example: a month out we will meet with you, help finalize contracts and your desires for placement and decoration; the time line on your wedding day and so much more. We make all the follow up phone calls, we do all the organizing so that on the Day-Of your wedding, you’ll have one or two main people (depending upon the size of your wedding), to answer any and all questions, maintain the day’s flow and to be sure you and your groom really enjoy your day.

If you’re thinking you can handle all this yourself; consider that it may sound easy; certainly seems like something you can handle and it very well may be, but if you want people running up to you the whole day asking:

• “What time will the limo be here?”

• “Aunt Jo and Uncle Charles from NYC are lost; how do they get here?”

• “Little Eric, where’s the ring pillow?”

• “When are we supposed to line up?”

• “Where’s Tiffany; your Mom, your Cousin Ilene, the Catering Manager?”

• “What time are you going to throw the bouquet?”

• “Should we ask Earl (who drank too much and is disrupting guests) to leave?”

• …and more; then by all means, run your wedding day yourself!

If, however, you’d like to be kept out of this mix, free to spend time with your attendants, your guests and your new husband, then please reconsider. Even if you’re the “Anti-Bride”, there are still lots of things you’ll really want help with and with the cost of an average “Day-Of” coordinator being typically less than approximately 10% of your overall budget; it’s really affordable. We can save you money, too! Ask us how.

amybaconWe will be sure everything runs smoothly, that you are insulated from the stress that transpires on your Wedding day; when it’s all about you, not about everyone and everything else.

Copyright © 2009 – Mrs. Amy Bacon. Reprinted with Permission. You will find Mrs. Hancock’s Wedding Planners and Consultants, kind, professional, knowledgeable, helpful and excited to be of service. They won’t break your budget either! Please contact their office at 602-234-1200 and speak with Mrs. Hancock or Mrs. Amy Bacon for a free consultation. Visit their Website at: www.MrsHancocks.com

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability for your wedding.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Testing! Testing!

Test your wedding day shoes!

If you think you will have an opportunity to sit down during your wedding day. . . forget it! It’s not likely.

Most likely you will be on your feet throughout the day and into the night. . . dancing the night away and greeting family and friends that you haven’t seen for a while.

Be sure to break in any new shoes you plan to wear long before the wedding. If they are a tight fit, visit a shoe shop and have them stretched a little.

The last thing you need is sore feet on your honeymoon.

Get lots of rest the night before your wedding. Consider having your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at least “two” days before your wedding if possible. That separates two stressful days and gives you time to catch up on any last minute things you may need to do.

It’s also a good idea because sometimes the groom and the groomsmen like to head out after the rehearsal dinner for a little social lubricant (if you know what I mean). Hangovers are not a good idea to have on your wedding day. Having your rehearsal dinner “two” days before your wedding give everyone a day to recover.

Want to be comfortable for the “first dance?” Relieve the pain of heels by getting some reliable and foldable flats. Click here!

Here’s a great idea for your honeymoon.

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Buffet vs. a Sit-Down Dinner. . .

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Never assume a buffet will cost less than a sit-down dinner. Why?

Because food portions are not controlled you often end up planning for and paying for more food. Be sure to discuss both options with your caterer.

Although you won’t have waiters and waitresses you will still need catering staff to replenish supplies that run low, serve drinks, clear tables, and carve a roast or serve other meats.

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Add a Little Humor to Your Wedding Ceremony

I performed my “romantic” wedding ceremony for Cassandra Nelson and Marshall Grace at 4 p.m. at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, Peoria, AZ on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

tinysmileyfaceTheir wedding was a “fun” wedding with a little humor to lighten things up. When the Groom took his place next to the Bride I looked at him and said, “Marshall, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say in this marriage can – and probably will – be held against you!” The guests burst into laughter. I guess the guests didn’t expect the Minister to have a sense of humor.

When I said, “If any of you can show just cause why this couple should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace” all eight of the Groomsmen produced signs that said, “Quiet Please!” and the eight Bridesmaids in unison all said, “Shusss” as if to say, “Quiet!

Another lighthearted moment came when I said, “You may now kiss the bride!” The Bride turned from the Groom while the Maiden of Honor came over to touch up her lipstick and fluff her hair while the Groom turned from the Bride and the Best Man offered him some breath freshener. At that point, the Maiden of Honor lifted a sign that said, “Applause!” Everyone applauded and laughed and then the Bride and Groom kissed.

Instead of doing the Blending of the Sands ceremony, we did a Water Ceremony. Two containers were filled with water and in the main vase there were 3 drops of blue and 3 drops of red cake coloring. When the two containers of clear water were poured into the main vase, the color of the water magically changed to a pale shade of purple to match the dresses of the Bridesmaids.

All eight Bridesmaids were barefoot with flowers on their right ankle color coordinated to match their dresses.

We also signed the Marriage License during the ceremony near the end. I do this quite regularly so the guests can watch as the Bride, Groom and two witness sign the license. That way I don’t have to try to get everyone together again immediately after the ceremony to sign the license. Often the witnesses are in a hurry to get their “social lubricant” at the bar and rounding them up again delays starting the photos.

At the very end of the ceremony I ask the guests to offer their congratulations at the reception and invite the parents to go before me so they can be with the bridal party to offer their private congratulations and be together so that pictures of the wedding party can stay on schedule.

For me, it was a refreshing change with brief bits of humor for which the guests indicated their approval and appreciation to me after the ceremony at the reception.

graceFANI thought this was a terrific idea for all the guests at Cassandra and Marshall’s wedding. A very nice fan (the weather was warm) was left on each chair before the wedding ceremony began. The photo shows one side of the fan that featured the names of the entire wedding party, and the flip side showed the bride and grooms names and the date of their wedding.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Grace!

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Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tips to Help the Rehearsal Go Smoothly

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If you have a rehearsal, please provide the Wedding Coordinator at your wedding venue ALL the details of the rehearsal, if any, BEFORE the rehearsal NOT at the rehearsal.

Example: Names of Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Ring Bearer, Flower Girl(s), ushers (if any), who seats the parents & grandparents, are the guys walking up first or will the Groomsmen walk with the Bridesmaids, etc. Send the names, positions, etc., to the Wedding Coordinator by e-mail.

Groomsmen can double as ushers.

This will help make your rehearsal go much smoother and less time consuming. A well-coordinated rehearsal should not take longer than 30 minutes provided everyone arrives on time. Please encourage the wedding party and the parents to arrive on time.

Please bring your Marriage License to the rehearsal. The wedding coordinator can pass it on to the Minister or Officiant so he/she can fill out their part and bring it to the wedding ready to be signed by the bride and groom and two witnesses. According to Arizona law, witnesses must be at least 18 years of age.

azsunsetTo help you plan the time of your wedding, check the Arizona Sunsets list for sunset times and average temperatures for the Greater Phoenix area.

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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