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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Where to Get Your Marriage License in Arizona

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 in the link below and each must present a government issued photo I.D. such as a driver’s license. You will 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 NOT available online or by mail. A copy of a divorce decree is not required. No blood test is required.

WED-LicenseThe fee for a marriage license, which is valid throughout Arizona, is $76.00 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. There may be some exceptions to this, so call to inquire about what form of payment is acceptable.

For a list of places where you can purchase an Arizona Marriage License, click here.

It is recommended that you also purchased one or more “Certified” copies of the marriage license ($27.50 each in Arizona) when you purchase your marriage license, to be sent to you after the license is filed by the Officiant with the Clerk of the Court. Some agencies require to see it but do not send it back so, ordering several “Certified” copies is recommended. If you order 2 or 3 certified marriage certificates you can begin to file multiple forms simultaneously and not have to wait for one to be returned before you file the next request to change your name.

Social Security requires it from a Bride who will be changing her name. It will be sent to you about 4 to 8 weeks (depending upon the month that you get married) after the County Court Clerk records it. Our busiest months for weddings – March, April & May and October, November & December – tend to have longer return times. Larry James will file the license the first business day after the wedding.

After the wedding, you will receive the top part of the marriage license for your records and you can begin to use it to change your name at some of the places listed here.

If you have a “passport” and your name will be 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. Any license purchased in any Arizona county may be used in any city in Arizona.

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.

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

Our friends from the LGBT community can now get a marriage license in Arizona.

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.

To find out where to get a Marriage License in other states, click here.

BONUS Article:Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 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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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!

Getting married in Arizona? It’s not called the “Valley of the Sun” for nothing. However, you rarely will find yourself freaking out about the weather in Arizona. Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful.

The ideal weather encourages lots of couples to plan a destination wedding in the Greater Phoenix area. Most wedding vendors are experienced in handling all the details of your wedding by telephone and e-mail. For a stress-free destination wedding hire a wedding consultant. Do that and you can sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding.

parasolKeep hydrated. Drink lots of water. Everyone knows water helps keep you cool. Give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated.

Block the sun’s rays and look cute doing it with colorful parasols! Not only are they a super cute keepsake for you and your wedding party, but they also serve as a useful accessory. For another splash of color and to keep the air flowing, purchase some colorful fans! You can find them in a variety of solid colors or with designs. They are inexpensive and make a great wedding favor for an outdoor summer affair. Beat the Arizona heat and look good doing it!

“Summer can be hot. (Especially in Arizona). But don’t let the naysayers get you down. If you know there’s a decent chance it will be especially hot on your wedding day, make plans to avert any weather-related disasters. Avoid wilting blooms in the bouquets and boutonnieres by asking your florist to steer you toward hardier blooms, like orchids and lilies. Consider water-submerged centerpieces featuring Mokara orchids. Because the flowers are completely under water, they’ll keep cool all night long. And as for your wedding cake, get fondant instead of buttercream to avoid a melting mess. If you’re set on the rich taste of buttercream, display the cake during your cocktail hour and then have the cake cutting at the beginning of your reception.” ~ The Knot

Given the right weather conditions and location, an outdoor wedding can be as romantic as it is beautiful. It may seem like a no-brainer, but sunscreen is a must. Remember to apply it before you put on your makeup (for the rehearsal and the wedding).

Can you take the wedding inside? Make sure you have accommodations available, such as a tent or indoor facility, for possible inclement weather. Always have a “plan B.” With only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, our area offers an ideal setting for outdoor weddings. The Greater Phoenix area has more than 325 days of annual sunshine.

If the forecast is for rain the weekend of your wedding, a good alternative is to have a brief rehearsal inside – just in case. The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside.

Probably the most confusing and often debated weather event in Arizona is our so called “monsoon”. During the wet monsoon (July, August and September) we get 32% of our normal yearly rainfall. Average monsoon rainfall (July, Aug. and Sept.) is 2.45 inches.

Finding the best place to hold a wedding ceremony in Arizona can take time because many top wedding venues and wedding locations book up months or years in advance. The near ideal weather in Arizona allows for many outdoor wedding venue options. Country clubs, resorts, golf clubs and private gathering spots are abundant in Arizona. If you want to get out of the sun, you can choose hotel, convention center or other large scale wedding facilities.

I am happy to share my “Preferred Wedding Venues” list as my way of assisting you in selecting the perfect venue for your wedding. It has been my experience that the staff of these venues are easy to work with and will do everything they can to make your special day memorable. For a list of “Preferred Venues” click here.

AZquarterCheck my handy “Arizona Sunsets” page. I have listed 52 weeks of approximate sunset times for Saturday plus average temperatures for Greater Phoenix Area.

It is wise to plan for approximately 25 to 30 minutes of sunlight after the actual sunset time. If you will be taking any pictures “after” the wedding ceremony, you may want to begin the ceremony about an hour before sunset.

Unlike parts of the United States in the Midwest and East, Arizona has two wedding seasons. When everyone there is having June weddings, I usually take some time off in June or July because most of my weddings are outdoors and those months are when things begin to heat up here. The busiest months for weddings in Arizona are March, April and May and October, November and December.

In the desert, we do December differently. The winter grass is growing, the palms swaying are in the breeze. We decorate our houses and the cacti in our desert yards with chile pepper lights while wearing our t-shirts and shorts. We also drive around town looking at the Christmas lights in our convertibles with the top down.

Arizona winters (December & January) may require heating for an outdoor evening wedding and cooling is a must if your wedding day falls in the heat of summer (June, July & August). Yes, those months are the hottest, but fortunately it really is also a dry heat. The humidity is usually very low.

AZsunsetHere’s the breakdown. On Average:

• July is the warmest month.
• December is the coolest month.
• March is the wettest month.
• June is the driest month.
• June has the most clear days.
• December has the most cloudy days.

Records:

• The highest recorded temperature was 122°F in June of 1990.
• The lowest recorded temperature was 16°F in January of 1913.

BONUS Articles: Where to Get Your Marriage License in Arizona
Romantic Arizona Sunsets
Destination Wedding: Arizona…
The Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings
The Blending of the Sands Ceremony

For a brief audio weather report on current conditions in the Greater Phoenix area, go to:

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Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 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.

the-archives2Click for Archives! ~ commentSubscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and 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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Add Larry James to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
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Follow Larry’s “Relationship BLOG” at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com/
Follow Larry’s “Networking BLOG” at: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Lots of Wedding Ideas on: Larry’s Pinterest Page

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