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August 2, 2013

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Thanks to JanDekkerDesigns.com for the gorgeous photo!  Few vendors ROCK my world like Jan, plus her b’day is one day before mine, go figure, right!

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You found the man/woman of your dreams, your soul mate, right, congrats!  You said “YES”, you’re engaged, and since many items do come in “threes,” or “multiples of threes,”– such as graduating from college, moving into a new home, switching jobs, finding a new job, buying a new car, and then you just added the “wedding to do list” which is a mile long, you are BUSY!  You thought finding time to do things was tough before, well, it doesn’t get any better!

As an experienced wedding planner, at the end of the day, in my opinion (which you will hear TONS of opinions), this is truly what matters…having an incredible wedding of your dreams is important, yet more important is the quality of the rest of your life together as husband and wife.

Your wedding may be the first “party” you have thrown with all of your family and friends in attendance.  To make it more stressful, it is not only your family and friends, you have added the family and friends of your fiancé too (many you may not have met yet)!

The golden rule is important.  You have heard of bridezilla, groomzilla, and momzilla, so please don’t let the stress of planning your wedding turn you, or someone you love into one!  Reach out to those in your close circle of family and friends in a kind way.  You may disagree, tempers may flare, yet pick your battles, since relationships and friendships may end over minor issues which may have been solved easily and quickly.

Here are a few MUST DO tips before you walk down the aisle and say “I do.”

1).  Happily ever after happens in fairy tales.  Pre-wedding anxiety is normal.  Confront your fears, stress, or concerns about your marriage head on.  Be open with your fiance and your inner circle of family and friends.

2).  Plan a date night with your fiance.  Have a date night with your fiancé where you talk about what he wants to talk about, and don’t bring up “the wedding.”  Make it at a location on “neutral grounds,” where you both are comfortable and get back to “normal” before the stresses of planning the wedding.

3).  Discuss a prenup, checking accounts, credit cards, savings, and joining finances.  If you haven’t already discussed this, it is important.  You may want accounts to stay at “your bank,” while he wants accounts to stay at “his bank”.   Once checks and bills start coming in, you don’t want confusion about whose account they should go into or out of.  Are you going to stay with “your” bank, switch to “his” bank, or go to a different bank altogether?  Finances are normally one of the top items of disagreements in relationships.

4).  Discuss plans to have children or not have children.  Many breakdowns in marriages occur when someone “thought” or “assumed” their spouse wanted and expected something, then when they brought it up, said they were “blind sided” and didn’t see “that” coming.  If you are planning to have children, when, and how many?  If you are not planning on having children, best to talk about it now.  If you do have children, how are you going to raise them if you are Catholic and he is Jewish?

5).  Plan “me” time.  Schedule something which helps you relax, and something you like to do for you.  May be working out, hiking, playing sports, purging your closet, something for you!

6).  Bond and have heart-to-heart moments with your family and BFFs.  Once you are married you will have less free time with your parents and friends.  Plan something you have always wanted to do with them, yet haven’t done “yet” together, something on your/their “bucket” list.

7).  Talk about “When we’re married…”  Here is a way to get the creative minds thinking (LOVE using this in your wedding ceremony wording too):  You have known each other for ____ years, through the first glance of acquaintance to this moment of commitment.  At some moment you decided to marry.  From that moment of yes, until this moment of Yes (your wedding vows), indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.  All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or on long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will, and you will, and we will,” – those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.  All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

8).  You can’t change someone else.  This is one of the most valuable lessons I will ever share with you.  So many clients say “after the wedding, this isn’t happening…”and feel they have a magical way of changing their spouse.  When your vows say, “for better, for worse,” that is truly what to expect.  You love your fiancé for multiple reasons, and will be spending the rest of your lives together.  Marriage is a two way street, and communication and compromise are crucial to the success of your marriage.

9).  If you don’t like something, work at making a change in yourself to change the way you accept or don’t accept “it” in your life.  The definition of insanity by Albert Einstein is “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results.”

Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC™

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June 29, 2011

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Clerk of the Superior Court, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona

You may obtain a marriage license in any county in Arizona, as long as your wedding will take place in Arizona.

COST $76.00 (subject to change). Call the office nearest you for their preferred method of payment – which may range from cash, money orders, bank guarantee card or credit card, with proper identification. If you are purchasing your license at Justice Courts, only money orders are accepted.  Certified copies of a marriage license are $27.50 (subject to change), would recommend purchasing at least two of these to have for changing your name.

REQUIREMENTS
1). Both the parties must be present to apply and obtain a marriage license.

2). No blood test is required.

3). Each individual will be required to provide a government issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or passport to show proof of age and confirm identity.

4). If you are under the age of 18, you must either have a notarized parental Clerk’s Office consent form or have your parent(s)  accompany you, present the proper identification, and sign the parental consent form in front of the clerk issuing your license.

5). If you are age 16-17, a certified copy of your birth certificate and one of the following government issued picture I.D.’s is required: a) current driver’s license; b) state or military I.D. card; c) current passport; d) or other government issued picture I.D.  A parent with sole custody or a legal guardian must also present court documentation stating that fact.

6). 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.

7). If you are in the process of getting a divorce, by Arizona law, you may apply for a license, even if the divorce is not final. To be legally married, the divorce must be final and secured in the state where it was granted.

WAITING PERIOD & EXPIRATION OF LICENSE
1). A marriage license must be issued prior to the ceremony taking place, signed at completion of the ceremony, and returned by the officiator not more than 30 days after the ceremony has taken place in order for the license to be recorded.

2).  No waiting period, you will receive your marriage license and may be married on the same day you apply for it.

3). Any unused marriage license expires one year from the date of purchase.

HOURS
All location hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (excluding holidays), except as otherwise noted below.

ARIZONA MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICES
PHOENIX DOWNTOWN – CLERK OF THE COURT
601 W. Jackson, Phoenix, AZ 85003
602.372.5375

NORTHEAST PHOENIX – REGIONAL COURT CENTER
18380 N. 40th Street, Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85032
602.372.5375

NORTHWEST PHOENIX – REGIONAL COURT CENTER
14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374
602.372.5375

AVONDALE – AQUA FRIA JUSTICE COURT | COUNTRY MEADOWS JUSTICE COURT | MARYVALE JUSTICE COURT | WHITE TANK JUSTICE COURT
10420 W. Van Buren St., Avondale, AZ  85323
602.372.8002
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding holidays)

CHANDLER – KYRENE JUSTICE COURT | SAN MARCOS JUSTICE COURT | SAN TAN  JUSTICE COURT | UNIVERSITY LAKES JUSTICE COURT
201 E. Chicago Street, Suite 104, Window 7, Chandler, AZ 85225
602.372.3400 Option #4
Only Accepts Money Orders

GILA BEND – IRONWOOD JUSTICE COURT
209 E. Pima, Gila Bend, AZ 85337
602.506.1589

GILBERT – HIGHLAND JUSTICE COURT                                                                                                   55 E. Civic Center Dr., Ste. 55, Gilbert, AZ  85296    602.372.8300                                                         Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (excluding holidays)

MESA – SOUTHEAST COURT COMPLEX
222 E. Javelina, Mesa, AZ 85210
602.372.5375

WICKENBURG – WICKENBURG TOWN COURT
155 N. Tegner St., Ste. B., Wickenburg, AZ  85390                                                                   928.668.0533                                                                                                                                             Tues. – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                                     (excluding holidays)

FLAGSTAFF                                                                                                                                                         Coconino County Clerk of the Superior Court                                                                                       200 N. San Francisco Street                                                                                                             Flagstaff, AZ  86001                                                                                                                         928.679.7600

PRESCOTT                                                                                                                                             Yavapai County Courthouse, 2nd Floor,                                                                                                   120 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 86303                                                                                     928.771.3312

TUCSON                                                                                                                                                               Pima County Superior Court Building
110 West Congress, 1st Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
520.740.3200

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Couples’ Choice Best Wedding Planner 2016 Wedding Wire

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