Budget Wedding

March 30, 2015 by azceremony
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A budget wedding  is simply a wedding  that  has been scaled  back from what one normally thinks of as a ‘traditional’ wedding with less cost, stress and planning required.    A budget wedding does not mean you have to sacrifice quality, service or have an ordinary ceremony.   

It has been estimated that the average price for a “traditional”  wedding is $17,000.00 to $35,000.00.    Couples that live in or travel to Maricopa County, AZ  spend between $19,173 and $34,955 on average for their wedding.     The average  cost is based on number of guests estimated between 120 and 140.    Average Wedding Cost in Maricopa County , AZ   is based on the spending of other couples getting married not wedding vendor prices.   Spending and prices can vary widely.    Investigate all options and choose products and services that best meet your needs.

 You  do not have to spend a lot  to create a beautiful budget  wedding.    Your budget wedding does not mean you have to settle for a court house wedding, an ordinary  venue,  or exclude family and friends.   The beauty of a budget  wedding is  its flexibility.  Your  ceremony details will be determined by you, and there’s no limit to the customization you bring to the ceremony.    You  decide on the formality and backdrop of your  budget wedding.  You can choose to go the traditional ceremony route with bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man, etc or just have two witnesses.   You can wear a wedding gown and tux or dress casual.   You can have a small informal gathering of guests or rent chairs for a more formal setting.  

AZ Ceremony wedding officiants perform budget wedding  ceremonies at two park locations in Gilbert.     The  locations provide  extraordinary scenic  backdrops for a wedding ceremony and fantastic photo opportunities.

 The photos  below show some of  the fabulous locations at the park that would be perfect for your budget wedding.

Freestone Park in Gilbert.  This park provides a beautiful lush green  background with lakes and waterfalls for your ceremony.

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Gilbert Riparian Park.  This park is a rustic water reserve with a wonderful desert botanical garden for those that prefer a majestic desert background.

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 The parks do not charge a fee  unless you have more than 20 people attending or you  want to reserve a  particular space.    If you plan to have an informal gathering of less than 20 people you would not have to reserve space and the cost for the ceremony would be the officiant fee . 

 AZ Ceremony Wedding Officiant Fee  $100.00 to $200.00    (This does not include cost of marriage license, your  transportation, your attire, optional rentals,  optional catering, or personal incidentals.)    

 If you plan  to have more than 20 people in attendance,  the park requires you to reserve space by contacting the Gilbert Parks and Recreation to obtain a permit.   You can get more information  here Gilbert Parks & Recreation.    Gilbert park rentals are very low cost starting at $15.00 per hour .   You must contact  Gilbert Parks and Recreation to reserve the space.  You can reserve space by phone by calling  480-503-6200 to make the reservation.   

Just remember all you need to have a beautiful budget wedding is :   marriage license,  2 wittiness  18 years of age or older, and a wedding officiant.   Everything else is optional.  

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Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today

February 17, 2015 by azceremony
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You have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.   And you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible.  Whatever you call it –  Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony;  you can have a beautiful romantic ceremony.

So where do you begin.

1. Pop the question.

2. Contact AZ Ceremony to schedule an officiant.

2. Choose date, time, location, and style of ceremony.

3. Obtain a marriage license from any Arizona county. Here is a link to the marriage license information:  license 

4. Select two people age 18 (or older) to come with you to share in your special day and sign the marriage license as legal witnesses.

5. Invite your guests.

6. Arrange for optional rentals, permits, catering, flowers, and photographer.

Your Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony does not mean you have to settle for a court house wedding or exclude family and friends.  The beauty of a Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony  is its flexibility.   Your impromptu wedding ceremony details will be determined by you, and there’s no limit to the customization you bring to the ceremony.  You can choose to go the traditional ceremony route with bridesmaids, groomsmen, best man, etc or just have two witnesses.   You can wear a wedding gown and tux or dress casual.   You can decide the formality and backdrop of your wedding.  All this at a fraction of the cost of what many couples pay for their wedding.

AZ Ceremony wedding officiants can give you ideas to personalize your
Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony.

Your Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony  can be held at a private residence, restaurant, or a park.  If you do not have a location in mind, AZ Ceremony can suggest several park locations.  Freestone Park in Gilbert provides a beautiful lush green background with lakes and waterfalls . Gilbert Riparian Water Ranch, is a rustic water reserve with a wonderful desert botanical garden for those that prefer a majestic desert background.  Fountain Hills park has the world famous fountain, lakes, and a beautiful green rolling hills.  These locations provide extraordinary scenic backdrops for a wedding ceremony and fantastic photo opportunities.  There are many intimate spots just right for your ceremony.  The parks do not charge a fee unless you want to reserve a ramada or particular space and you have less than 20 people attending.  You can choose to be married on a small grassy hill near a beautiful waterfall or at a desert botanical garden surrounded by majestic saguaro cactus and beautiful desert flora.   If you plan to have more than 20 people in attendance, the parks requires you to reserve space by contacting the  Parks and Recreation to obtain a permit. You can get more information at this link. Gilbert  or or Fountain Hills.

All you need is love and a little help from AZ Ceremony to create a beautiful romantic,  and  memorable  Budget Wedding-Elope-Simple Wedding-Get Married Today ceremony.

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Traditional Wedding

January 24, 2015 by azceremony

Traditional Wedding

Traditional Wedding

What makes a wedding traditional can vary by country to country because every culture has their own beliefs and customs. A trend in recent years has been bringing weddings back to their roots and larger Western weddings are becoming popular. So what are some popular traditional wedding items that we still see today?

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While tradition has been to have a wedding in a church or place of worship, many couples are choosing to have their wedding and reception at a venue. Wherever the wedding is held, there are traditional elements to to the ceremony: Bride, groom, 2 witnesses and the officiant. Obviously, there can be a lot more to a traditional wedding but that is the minimum.

The Brides Attire                                                                                                                                      An elegant white wedding dress has been popular for centuries, having been started by Queen Victoria in 1840 in the Western world (white had been the choice of color for Japanese brides for years before). Before then, brides wore their best dresses, but veils have been an important part of brides fashion for much longer. Ancient Romans believed that the  Bride’s  wedding veil  protected the bride from evil spirits.   Veils can be found in many styles, long, short, full, and slim.   Today, some brides do not wear the traditional wedding veil that covers the face but only wear something that covers their head.

The Rings
Having originated in Europe, wedding rings are a sign of unity. Originally only worn by the wife, the 20th century saw a change in direction when both men and women began to wear rings symbolizing their marriage. Traditionally, the rings are made of gold or another precious metal and a popular stone is a diamond.

The Cake
At most weddings, a large one to three tiered white cake will be on display, traditionally adorned with small silver balls or realistic flowers made from icing. In Western weddings, the cake is usually served to guests at a reception following a ceremony; in parts of England the cake is served with breakfast the morning after the wedding.

The Reception
The act of gathering for food and drinks after a wedding ceremony has been a wedding tradition for a very long time. Some traditions call for a full meal, some hors d’oeuvres, and some no food at all. The most traditional reception in the northeast is a “wedding breakfast” held following a noon wedding, but evening weddings with dinner are now more popular. Traditional weddings in the south are more likely to serve only “cake and punch.” No matter what you plan to serve, thirst-quenching drinks should be available from the moment the first guest arrives at the reception.   The reception usually includes congratulations to the bride and groom, sometimes speeches, a bride and grooms first dance and of course, the cutting of an elegantly designed wedding cake.

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Wedding Officiant – Wedding Ceremony

January 13, 2015 by azceremony

Wedding Officiant  – Wedding Ceremony

Wedding officiant – Wedding Ceremony.    What is the role of a wedding officiant in a traditional wedding ceremony.      The tradition of a wedding officiant in a wedding ceremony started long ago.  Each country and many states, counties, provinces, and districts have requirements for what is considered a legal marriage.

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Marriage is the most important event of our adult life, which needs both social and legal acceptance to bind this unique relationship.   Hence, it was universally decided from ancient times that the wedding ceremony should be led by a wedding officiant.   In the beginning, it was agreed that  wedding officiant and wedding ceremony should  not be performed by someone  from the circle of family and friends of the bride and groom.  The wedding officiant performing the wedding ceremony  must have the authority of presiding  marriage ceremonies and be legally recognized to perform the rite of marriage.

A wedding officiant is someone who officiates (i.e. leads) at a service or ceremony.    Religious Officiants are usually ordained by a religious denomination as members of the clergy. Some officiants work within congregations in some denominations and for specified ceremonies (e.g. funerals), as non-ordained members on the clergy team.   Clergy / Officiants differ from Chaplains in that the clergy serve the members of their congregation, while Chaplains are usually employed by an institution such as the military, a hospital or other health care facility, etc.    Secular Officiants include Civil Celebrants, Humanist Society appointed officiants, Justices of the Peace, marriage commissioners, notaries, and other persons empowered by law to perform legal marriage ceremonies. Many secular celebrants / officiants conduct the whole range of ceremonies which mark the milestones of human life.  Modern tradition allows the bride and groom to choose who and where they would like to be married

As per the law of most of the countries, all the marriages should be legally registered; it is a procedure that is generally termed as civil marriage and it is a simple wedding ceremony, presided and recorded by an authorized government official who signs the marriage license of the couple, also bearing the signatures of at least two more witnesses for making a particular marriage legally valid. The civil marriage in a particular country complies with the rules of that land regarding marriage of an adult couple. The written consent and signature of a legally recognized wedding officiant on a marriage license implies that the marriage is officially bound by all the government rules set for marriage in a particular state, like the legal marriageable age for the bride and groom, their present single marital status and other wedding laws that may sometimes differ from state to state. Usually a professional marriage register or a person holding a respectable government position, like a judge or a naval captain is seen to be acting as a wedding officiant in most civil marriages. A civil marriage can be conducted anywhere according to the choice of the would-be couple, either at the office of the wedding officiant or at a venue selected jointly by their families. Civil marriage can also be performed by clergy if their denomination allows them to perform marriages outside of the church.

Apart from civil marriage, many people opt for a religious wedding ceremony, where the procedures of the wedding ceremony are most likely to be conducted by an ordained officiant, who acts as the wedding officiant or wedding celebrant. Christian weddings are led by the clergymen of the Christian churches or the priests of other religions conduct the weddings of the couples belonging to their respective religions. Rabbis conduct weddings ceremonies for Jewish weddings. In some religions, the religious marriage ceremony needs to be held at their place of worship, so that it can involve God’s blessings on the newly wedded couple. Other religions allow their clergy to act on behalf of the church and proclaim God’s blessing on the new wedded couple even when the ceremony is not held in the church.

Wedding Officiant are  a civil officer who performs acts of marriage, civil union or commitment.     Their main responsibility is to receive and witness the consent of the intended spouses and to ensure the legal formalities, and hence the validity of the marriage or civil union, are observed.  Wedding Officiant’s duties and responsibilities, as well as who may be an officiant vary among jurisdictions.    Each state has legal requirements and in some states counties have additional legal requirement on who can perform the rite of marriage.   In the State of Arizona in Maricopa county any ordained clergy, anyone authorized by their church such as deacons, elders or other officials who have been given approval to perform the  rite of marriage are recognized by the State of Arizona. Maricopa County also allows Judges, Justice of the Peace, and Magistrates.    More information on marriage license requirements at this link Maricopa.   For more information on who can legally perform the rite of marriage in Arizona click Arizona Marriage Law.    For more information on U S Marriage Laws click here marriage laws .   

AZ Ceremony Wedding Officiants and Wedding Ministers are licensed to perform the right of marriage.  If you are looking for a wedding officiant in Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, AZ Ceremony would love to be part of your special day and help you create your dream wedding ceremony.

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Red Mountain Ranch Country Club Weddings

December 20, 2014 by azceremony
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Red Mountain Ranch Country Club is a premier venue for weddings  and wedding receptions in Mesa.  This wedding venue is located in north east Mesa at 6525 East Teton Circle, Mesa AZ  85215.  Red Mountain Ranch  Country Club is in a master-planned community of approximately 800 acres.   It is  23 miles east of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is easily accessible from Phoenix  via the Red Mountain Freeway (202) to Recker and Power Roads.

The elevation  at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club provide spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains to the west.    The challenging layout of the golf course features steeply contoured greens, wide fairways, and  a few water features.  The  course takes advantage of the natural  desert landscape as well, utilizing the saguaros, mesquite trees, and interesting rock formations.  The facility has a beautiful southwest  ambiance,  with mountain views, vibrant sunsets and panoramic views of the  city lights.

Red Mountain Ranch Country Club has three outdoor ceremony locations, two private reception rooms and a spacious outdoor to create your custom wedding celebration.   They offer an event coordinator and a catering team to assist in all your needs.

Red Mountain Ranch Country Club provides  the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams.
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AZ Ceremony was honored to officiate this fun wedding ceremony at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa.

Congratulations Ben & Lauren.

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Engagement Season and Wedding Planning

December 17, 2014 by azceremony

Tis’ The Season for Engagements

Approximately 43% of engagements happen between November and January.

December is a time to celebrate the holidays and many couples are spending time with family. This makes it an especially popular time to pop the question, so that everyone can celebrate the news. According to the Huffington Post, December is the most popular time of year to get engaged. Whatever the reason, November through December is the most popular engagement season.

Just like there are 12 days of the Season …..
There are Twelve Stages
Engagement Season to  Planning the Wedding

1. Pop the question and announce your engagement. Announce the exciting news of your upcoming nuptials in your local paper, on social media, or have an engagement party. According to Wedding Paper Divas 40 % of couples wait 13 to 18 months between “Yes!” and “I do.” According to various sources, the average engagement last year spanned 13 to 16 months. The Wedding Channel’s poll on the ideal length for engagement is roughly split at: 20 percent for three to eight months and 20% for nine to 12 months. Approximately 27 % of the votes were for one to two years. However, it’s your engagement, your relationship, and your wedding, so do what is right for you.

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So you are engaged … it’s time to start planning …. the first steps …
to beginning of the rest of your life together.

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2. Set a budget and choose style of wedding. Choose if you will hire a planner or do it yourself.

We all have dreamed of the perfect wedding day. With thoughtful consideration and planning it can become a reality. First set a budget. This will directly affect the style of the wedding you plan. You may think you know the cost of planning a wedding, and may be shocked to find out the actual cost. Research the vendors and get price quotes before setting the final budget. Research the cost of a wedding planner, venue, caterer, wedding cake designer, DJ, entertainment such as wedding soloist or string quartet, photographer, florist, wedding dress with accessories, grooms attire, wedding bands, decorations, linens, party supplies and party rentals, alcohol and bar tending services, transportation, guest favors, wedding party gifts, officiant fee, marriage license, invitations, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon. Consider all inclusive packages as this type of arrangement can save you money, time, and stress. Wedding planners not only save you time and stress, but they can also save you money. They can keep your budge under control and they may be able to get discounts that you would not qualify for on your own.

There is a lot of information online. There are wedding sites like One Wed, Martha Stuart Weddings, My Wedding and many others that can give you ideas on budget. Check for discounts on sites such as Groupon , Wedobo , BridesRally , Wedding Channel and MyWedDeal.com. They can save you money and help you find quality vendors. Ask venues for a list of preferred vendors. Preferred vendors may offer a discount if you use certain venues.

Once you have an idea of what your wedding may cost, discuss the finances with your fiance. Things to consider: Do you want to go traditional – parents of bride and bride pay? Do you want to be more modern – pay for it yourself or split the cost between both sets of parents and the bride and groom? Keep in mind that the tradition of the bride’s family paying for most of the wedding and reception is no longer set in stone. Today’s more elaborate weddings often require sharing the financial responsibilities.

3. Choose how many guests to invite and the number of people who will be in your wedding party.

Choose people who mean the most to you and who will enjoy the style of your special day. Do not feel pressured to invite everyone you know. Consider the style of your wedding. A wedding in an air balloon should be a small intimate affair. A wedding in a remote area will not be appropriate for someone who has mobility concerns. A formal wedding may not be appropriate for children.

Consider your budget. Many budget items are proportional to the size of the wedding you host. The style of your wedding will affect the cost per person. An afternoon wedding with cake and punch only will be less cost per person than an evening formal sit down dinner. You may have to choose between a simple wedding to accommodate more people or a smaller guest list with a formal wedding. Keep in mind that if your families are paying for all or part of the wedding that they may feel entitled to add to this guest list. It is important that you help them understand budget considerations and the number of people who can attend.

Budget should be a consideration not only the number of guests you invite, but also the number of people in your wedding party. The number of people in your wedding party adds cost to the budget. They will add to the cost per guest, cost of flowers, rehearsal dinner, and you will want to give them a thank you gift. Also consider the expense that your wedding party will personally incur. They will be responsible for their attire, transportation, lodging, and a gift for you. It would not be wise to ask someone to be part of your wedding if it will be a financial hardship for them.

4. Find an officiant. Finding the right person to marry you is an important decision – after all, your wedding officiant will have a huge influence on the tone of your ceremony. Seek an experienced professional that suits your personality. You will want to make sure that you find an officiant who is willing to perform the type of ceremony you are envisioning. A lackluster wedding officiant with a boring ceremony will set the wrong tone. An officiant that is steeped into their own tradition and unwilling to customize your ceremony will not be a good choice. A good officiant will take the time to understand your personalities, style, and beliefs so that together you can create the perfect ceremony for your special day. Things to consider when searching for an officiant.

  1. Ask for a price quote,what is included in their packages, payment options, and when payment is due.
  2. Ask what type of ceremonies they perform.
  3. Ask if you can customize your ceremony.
  4. Ask if they can provide you with examples of different types of ceremonies.
  5. Ask if you can have guest speakers and or a co-officiant.
  6. Ask if you can review and edit the ceremony script.
  7. Ask if you will receive a copy of the ceremony script before the ceremony.
  8. Ask to see a copy of their license.

5. Find a venue. You will want to visit potential venues at the exact time of day the wedding will occur. This will give you a feel for lighting, temperature, ambient sounds, traffic, Things to consider when searching for a venue.   

1. How many guest do you want to invite?
2. Type of ceremony, indoor, outdoor, will the reception and ceremony be at the site.
3. Cost per person and what is included.
4. Does the facility allow outside vendors.
5. Convenience of venue, acessibility, accomodatins for disabled, driving and traffic conditions, and parking.
6. Style of venue.

6. Find a photographer. Seek the most experienced, talented professional you can find. Make sure you get what you want and do not shop by price alone. Photographers have a personal style and their own idea on the best way to tell a story through pictures. The way a photographer perceives storytelling is going to affect what type of photos they take, what they take pictures of, equipment they use, where they are when the important events happen, and everything else in between. So make sure your photographer can recreate your vision of your dream ceremony in the pictures they take. Things to consider when searching for a photographer.

  1. Ask for a price quote,what is included in the packages, payment options and when final payment is due.
  2. How will you receive the pictures. digital or print or both.
  3. Ask to see samples of their work.
  4. Ask when you can expect to receive the pictures.
  5. Make sure they fit with your personality and style and can understand your vision.
  6. Ask if they have a second shooter on the day of and if they have an emergency back -up plan.
  7. Ask if they have insurance.

7. Find a DJ. Dito on the DJ. Seek the most experienced, talented professional you can find. The DJ will be the heartbeat of your event. They will be the master of ceremony, time keeper of events, and keep the party going. The right DJ will make it a memorable and fun event. Things to consider when searching for a DJ.

  1. Make sure you get what you want, and do not shop by price alone. Experience and expertise are a premium.
  2. Ask for a price quote, what is included in the packages, payment options and when final payment is due.
  3. Make sure they fit with your personality and style.
  4. Make sure they are experienced as master of ceremony and can handle every detail of your event.
  5. Ask for play lists.
  6. Ask if they have insurance.

8. Find a caterer.   Look, taste, and feel. That’s right, food should look good, taste good, and make you feel good. Things to consider when searching for a caterer.

  1. Attend a tasting and ask for a sample menu.
  2. Ask for a price quote, what is included in the package such as delivery, set up, take down, linens; payment options, and when final payment is due.
  3. Ask what is their signature dish or what type of cuisine they offer.
  4. Ask to see pictures of their work.
  5. Ask about license and insurance.

9. Find a cake designer.    Ditto on the cake designer. The cake should look good, taste good and make you feel good. Choose a cake designer not just a baker. There is a huge difference in the quality and design artistry that a master cake designer provides. The more complicated the design, the more experience, and the more you will pay. One cost-cutting option is to order the cake of your dreams made on a small scale for a price you can comfortably afford, and then order sheet cakes of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen to serve your guests. Once you find your designer, you’ll want to work with them to come up with a wedding cake design that falls within your budget. Things to consider when searching for a cake designer.

1.  Know how many people you want to serve. This will have a direct effect on the design.
2.  Find a style, look at Pinterest, bridal magazines, and cake decorating magazines for inspiration.
3.  Go to a tasting.
4.  Know your budget and clearly convey that to the designer. If you are on a tight budget be flexible with the design.
5 . Ask for a price quote, what the package includes, payment options, and when final payment is due.
6.  Ask for suggestions. The designer may be able to suggest cost saving tips without compromising style and design.
7.  Ask for examples and pictures of their work.
8 . Ask about license and insurance.

10. Set the Date.    At this stage of planning, you should have all the information you need regarding the vendors, their availability, and the cost. This will help you choose the date and time of day for your wedding. Keep in mind you will also want to make sure the date and time is going to be convenient for your guests.

11. Create a wedding website.    There are many free personal wedding websites available from sites such as Wedding Paper Diva’s, The Knot, and ewedding.com just to name a few. If these don’t suit your fancy, just search the web. Make sure you add information that will be interesting and useful to your guests. A few suggestions of what to add to your wedding website: information about your engagement including pictures, wedding date and time, venue information, rehearsal dinner, welcome party for out of town guest, hotel information for out of town guests, local attractions, breakfast after the wedding, and gift registry. Make sure you add your website on your save the date cards and invitations. You can even use the website for RSVP and save on postage.

12. Invitations and save the date cards.    Before you order the invitations, this is also a time when you may need to revisit your guest list. By this time you will have a better understanding of the expense per guest. This is the time when you may have to make the final adjustment to make sure you do not go over budget.

After you accomplish the 12 steps on this to do list you can then focus on the next steps, like florist, decorations, wedding dress and accessories, bridesmaids dress, tuxes, transportation, bridal shower, bachelor party, wedding favors and honey moon. 

AZ Ceremony wedding officiants are experience in many aspects of wedding planning. Our officiants can help you plan your wedding from the ceremony to the honeymoon. Our officiants will give you many ideas for you ceremony and can refer to experienced vendors for everything else.

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Park Wedding Mesa-Gilbert-Tempe-Chandler

November 30, 2014 by azceremony
How to Plan A Park Wedding 
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Park wedding ceremonies can be traditional, formal, casual, rustic, southwestern, or any style that you can think of.    Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills are some of the most popular destinations.  With a little help and good advice you can plan a park wedding.   
The Valley of the Sun has more than 325 days of annual sunshine and with only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, the area offers an ideal setting for outdoor and park weddings.     Beautiful sunsets, desert landscapes, majestic mountains, lakes, and predictable weather, are top reasons brides and grooms have been  selecting Arizona parks  for their weddings.  

This beautiful Gilbert Park wedding is just one example.  The bride choose a natural setting with a nature theme for her ceremony.  It was simple and romantic.

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Outdoor wedding popularity is on the rise.    Gardens and parks top the list of outdoor locales for weddings.  Having a wedding outdoors can be a beautiful event, but  outdoor weddings must take Mother Nature into  consideration.   Planning a Park  can be exciting and fun.   The following are a few tips for planning a park wedding. 

Choose the Site
Before settling on a ceremony site, visit it several times during the same season, day of the week, and time of day as you plan to marry.  It’s important to visit your wedding site and view the surroundings as your guests will experience them on your wedding day. Consider where and how the sun shines at that hour of the day, so guests won’t be blinded and uncomfortable.   Make sure the venue is set up so everyone can have an unobstructed view of the happy couple.   Keep temperature in mind.   Take note of pedestrian traffic, ambient noise,  and the position of the sun—this will determine where you place your officiant, bridal party, and guests.

You should make sure the park is appropriate for the type of wedding you envision.

Things to consider:  number of guests, informal gathering without seating, formal gathering with seating, decorations, if you will have the wedding and reception at the park.    Logistics of catering, set-up, clean-up,and  utilities.

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Once you’ve determined the perfect place, contact the park’s administrative office and find out what they require for a wedding.  Quite often, you do not need a permit if you are having a small gathering of guests, do not want to reserve a particular space, or if you will not be setting up tents, chairs, or having music.    The park regulations will state whether you will be allowed to bring in chairs, decorations, tents, toilets, serve alcohol and   play music.  Read the fine print to see if there’s a cleanup stipulation—many parks charge fines for garbage left behind.  After you get the information from the Parks and Recreation department

 you will know if you have to reserve the site.  

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Make sure you find an officiant that is willing to work at that location.

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Mark the Location

Point the way. Let guests know where to find you by including detailed directions with your invitations or on your wedding web site.  Be specific about where they should assemble.  If the park allows it, have signs pointing guests in the right direction.   Have  several greeters along the way to assist guests.    Having official  greeters to  welcome all invitees, point your guests  in the right direct,  will  also discourage drop-ins and uninvited guests.

Have a Back-up Plan

Have a back-up plan – rain, shine or something in between you want to have an alternate plan just in case.   Therefore,  ensure that the venue has an indoor option, or  have an indoor option close the park,  or at the least a suitable outdoor sheltered area like a tent or gazebo.  It pays to always have a Plan B.   In the case of inclement weather,  you  could hold your ceremony at the home of a  friend or relative who lives close to your original location.   Print the address and a phone number to call on  a rain card, and include it in your invitations so guests know exactly where to go if it rains.    That way, guests won’t have to scramble with alternative  instructions  the day of the wedding.   Consider renting a tent or a gazebo and make sure they are allowed at the park.    

 Dress Accordingly  

For  the bride  and groom, outdoor conditions should  be factored into wardrobe decisions.  A shorter gown, a gown without a train,  or more casual clothing may work better for outdoor weddings.   Keep weather conditions in mind when choosing your attire, you will want to dress accordingly.  You will also want to choose appropriate attire for your wedding party.  Remember, it’s not just about looking good, but about feeling good.

Wedding Flowers

An outdoor wedding calls for a bouquet that can brave all sort of weather.   Mums, alstromeria, and calla lilies survive better than other blooms on a warm sunny day. They are use to the heat so they stay fresh and vibrant longer.  Roses may be popular wedding day picks, but are not good for outdoor weddings because they wilt quickly. Also avoid  wildflower and  flowers such as tulips and daffodils.    Sturdy blossoms like sunflowers and heather are good choices.   After you make your selection, ask  your florist if they can apply a preservative to the flowers that will help them stay fresh.  Once your flowers arrive, immediately place them in a bucket of cold water. If stems can’t be submerged in water, at least find a cool shady spot for your flowers.

Consider these other tips to increase the fun and keep stress at bay.

 Expect the unexpected.     Unexpected guests may show up to your wedding in the form of the furry, feathered,  and flying crawling insects.   Keep in mind seasonal allergies and insect invaders at an outdoor wedding.  You don’t want guests sneezing and swatting pests  and being annoyed during the wedding.   Unexpected breezes and  wind can cause problems.   Wind can launch tablecloths, set favors and decorations airborne.   It can also catch your veil and blow hairstyles into disarray. There also may be ambient noises or other distractions to consider.  Make preparations such as table clips, tie down decorations, secured  tables, have the ceremony and reception in a gazebo or secured tent.    Make sure you ask the Parks and Recreation Department if there will be any other events on that day such as sporting events, parades, marathons, of if they expect a lot of people to be attending the park on that day.   You will want to make sure there is plenty of parking, restrooms, and space available for your ceremony.  Consider car pooling, or having a courtesy shuttle, or bringing in portable restrooms for your guests.  

Just in Case
Because you can never be too prepared, keep the following on hand.

You may want to have a courtesy guest basket with the following items:      Bug Repellent Towelettes, Bottled Water, Umbrellas, Paper Fans, Sunscreen,  Hand Sanitizer,  Paper Towels, Citronella Candles, Tissues,

The following make nice favors for an outdoor or  park wedding and are useful gifts during the ceremony:          

Sun glasses, flip flops, individual tissue packets, and just for fun wedding bubbles.

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November 14, 2014 by azceremony
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You are getting married or you want to renew your marriage vows  and it is time to find  a wedding officiant.  The perfect  wedding officiant that will help you set the tone for your special day.     You want to find a wedding officiant  that will work with you to create the type of ceremony you are envisioning.   A good  wedding officiant will take the time to understand your personality, style, and beliefs so that together you can create the perfect ceremony for your special day. .

You  have found the right place to find a wonderful caring wedding officiant in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills.

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Just like Angie in the video,  with AZ Ceremony you will have a personal wedding officiant that will help you create a perfect ceremony.   Your wedding officiant can give you ideas to help you create your ceremony and plan your wedding.  They will be understanding, flexible, and encourage your input and ideas.  You will have creative control of your ceremony and have final approval of  your ceremony script.  You will receive a copy of your ceremony script so you will know exactly what to expect on your special day.

AZ Ceremony wedding officiants are dedicated to providing personal, meaningful, and enriching, ceremony services for you and your family.  We specialize in ceremonies that are a reflection of you. We specialize in personalized ceremonies that will touch the hearts of everyone in attendance.

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Outdoor Wedding Ideas

November 7, 2014 by azceremony

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Ideas

AZ Ceremony wedding officiants love to perform outdoor wedding ceremonies in Mesa-Gilbert-Tempe-Apache Junction-Chandler-Gold Canyon- and many other East Valley cities.  We  are always on the look-out for ideas that will make your outdoor wedding better.  We found this article with wonderful ideas for your outdoor wedding.    We would love to help you plan your outdoor wedding ceremony.   Contact us for a complementary planing consultation.   Call 480-269-3219   email:  info@azceremony.com
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1. Provide pillows if you’re using uncomfortable outdoor seats.

Provide pillows if you're using uncomfortable outdoor seats.

Many outdoor seats are wrought iron or wood, which can get uncomfortable if you’re sitting on them for long periods of time. The pillows also add an extra decorative touch.

2. Warn your guests ahead of time about appropriate footwear if they’re going to be walking in the grass.

Just a little note on the invite should be sufficient.

Heel covers are also a thing that exists.

3. Or give your bridesmaids cement blocks to stand on so they don’t sink into the grass.

Or give your bridesmaids cement blocks to stand on so they don't sink into the grass.

4. Provide guests with their own parasols.

5. Offer ample options for ice cold hydration.

It’s a good way to squeeze in some branding.

6. Offer individual insect repellent options.

7. Give sunglasses as wedding favors.

Give sunglasses as wedding favors.

8. Put your wedding program on a fan.

9. Be sure to have snacks and water for the bridesmaids.

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Between hair, makeup, and photos, your bridesmaids don’t have much time to drink water and eat, which is especially important on a super hot day. Plan a short break before showtime. You don’t want anyone fainting on you.

10. If it’s reeeaaally hot out, make sure your florist is misting the flowers to keep them cool.

If it's reeeaaally hot out, make sure your florist is misting the flowers to keep them cool.

11. Spray a heavy-duty fixative to protect your makeup.

Spray a heavy-duty fixative to protect your makeup.

People who do costume and theatrical makeup swear by Ben Nye’s Final Seal product.

12. Supply everyone with a pair of flip flops for dancing.

Supply everyone with a pair of flip flops for dancing.

13. Provide wet towelettes and cooling face mist if it’s going to be a scorcher.

Provide wet towelettes and cooling face mist if it's going to be a scorcher.

14. Instead of chairs, throw brightly-colored blankets and quilts over bales of hay.

Instead of chairs, throw brightly-colored blankets and quilts over bales of hay.

15. Provide blankets/wraps if it’s going to be cold or breezy.

17. Consider high-velocity blower fans.

Consider high-velocity blower fans.

They provide a powerful breeze on a hot day. Just be sure to test them for noise.

18. Use flowers and lights to create a simple but gorgeous makeshift aisle.

19. Use chalkboard paint picture frames to list the seating chart.

Use chalkboard paint picture frames to list the seating chart.

20. Suspend tables from the trees with rope.

Suspend tables from the trees with rope.

21. Put camping lanterns underneath table cloths for a glowing evening lighting idea.

Put camping lanterns underneath table cloths for a glowing evening lighting idea.

22. Use a flower box as a rustic drink cooler.

Use a flower box as a rustic drink cooler.

23. Wrap a tree or two with string lights and photographs to display memories.

24. If your outdoor wedding venue permits, hold a bonfire.

If your outdoor wedding venue permits, hold a bonfire.

25. A basket of vintage handkerchiefs is a cute way to provide relief from excessive tears or beads of sweat on an impossibly hot day.

A basket of vintage handkerchiefs is a cute way to provide relief from excessive tears or beads of sweat on an impossibly hot day.

26. Make a simple entrance or photobooth backdrop with lace curtains.

Make a simple entrance or photobooth backdrop with lace curtains.

27. Just a photo frame dangling from ribbons off of a tree can also serve as a cheap and easy photo booth.

Just a photo frame dangling from ribbons off of a tree can also serve as a cheap and easy photo booth.

28. Refashion thrift store dressers as a dessert table.

Refashion thrift store dressers as a dessert table.

The dressers overflowing with flowers are a lovely touch.

29. Use cute cupcake wrappers to keep bugs out of your guests’ beverages.

Use cute cupcake wrappers to keep bugs out of your guests' beverages.

30. Use a netted canopy to keep bugs out of desserts and cake.

31. Have sunscreen available in pretty dispensers or spray bottles.

Have sunscreen available in pretty dispensers or spray bottles.

32. Finally…DON’T forget the microphones.

Finally...DON'T forget the microphones.

This is basically essential for any outdoor wedding, but most indoor weddings, too.

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Park Wedding Venue

November 7, 2014 by azceremony

Park Wedding Venue

AZ Ceremony Officiants will help you plan the perfect park wedding.

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Whether it is a grand affair or a small intimate ceremony having a park wedding venue can be  be a  memorable event.    Outdoor wedding popularity is on the rise. It is estimated that  35 percent of weddings are now outdoor occasions. Gardens and parks top the list of outdoor locales for weddings, followed by beaches.

Congratulations Trent & Brittany it was an honor to be your officiant at your lovely park  wedding ceremony in Gilbert AZ.

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 Contact AZ Ceremony wedding officiants today to schedule your outdoor wedding, park wedding, or outdoor wedding ceremony.

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