A Few Things to Keep in Mind

1. Your wedding license can be obtained up to a year before your wedding date. In Maricopa County, you will find a green license and envelope for mailing the bottom portion back to the county recorder. Please bring both the license and envelope to your rehearsal so that we can complete as much of the information as possible. The top portion of the license is the keepsake portion, and we return the bottom portion to the county clerk's office after it is signed by your officiant after your wedding ceremony.

In other counties, the wedding license is returned in total for stamping and validation, and then returned to you. Regardless of where you obtain your license, it is good throughout the entire state. And regardless of the kind of format followed by the issuing county, we request that you bring your license to the rehearsal.

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2. Payment must be completed by the time of your rehearsal. Or if there is no rehearsal, before your wedding day. PayPal is available for your convenience on the website, but must be completed prior to the ceremony. We also welcome your personal check made out to "Spirit and Light."

To preserve the emotional integrity of your wedding and to avoid any possible disruption of your celebration, we feel strongly that all business must be transacted prior to your wedding day.

3. Our rates are based on the quality and quantity of services provided. Bridal guidelines and planning books do us all -- officiants and couples alike -- a disservice by citing suggested amounts for ministers at a rate of less than one percent of your total planning budget.

This figure is based on weddings held in churches where a fee has already been paid to the church (usually $500 to $700, and up) for the use of the facilities, and the minister is salaried by the church. The amount cited in planning books as appropriate (usually around $50 to $150) is a token gift to the minister that is traditionally donated back to the church by the minister.

However, Spirit and Light is an independent contractor just like your florist, DJ, or caterer. We provide complete ceremony services, from start to finish. Our total package is far less in total cost than what you can expect to pay even the most modest traditional church.

4. We do not require contracts because we prefer to keep things simple. However, we must be notified immediately if you have a change of plans, and availability will be on a first come, first served basis.

5. Due to the increasing popularity of weekday weddings, your rehearsal time might be adjusted to accommodate both the schedule of your particular venue, and the schedule of your minister. Please make sure that both entities are available for the time you have selected.

6. Have some ideas you want to share with your beloved? We are delighted if you want to contribute to the creation of your ceremony, or the writing of your vows. Jody will be happy to help you turn your thoughts into words, or your words into a memorable part of your ceremony. If you want additional assistance, she is available by phone, email, or fax. A complete list of contact numbers is listed below.

Spirit and Light
Jody Serey, Pastoral Officiant
7413 W. Oraibi Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85308

Also review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)