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May 12, 2012

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First Dance at Your Wedding

A DJ or band will set the tempo and mood of your wedding.  Music is one of the first impressions your guests experience when they arrive.  It pays to do your homework when hiring a DJ and band.  You do get what you pay for, if it appears to be too good, it probably is.  The personality, knowledge, and expertise of your DJ and band will make your event.  A professional DJ and band will be able give you guidelines on the flow of your wedding, and to assist you as you select your “must play” songs and your “must NOT play” songs.

Select Music for a Diverse Group of family and friends.  As a bride and groom, you have your favorite songs, yet your parents and grandparents may have an entirely different song list.  Review your guest list to see what type of music will work best, and ask your DJ and band for recommendations.  As you review your guest list, it normally narrows down to a diverse group of family and friends, which translates to a diverse group of music selections.   You may want live music for a portion, and a DJ for another portion. Music played during dinner will be an entirely different selection compared to the last hour for dance music.

Load In and Set Up.  Your DJ and band need to be scheduled to have enough time to load in, set up, have a sound check, trouble shoot, change clothes, and be ready for the arrival of your guests.   The last thing you want is your DJ or band loading in as your guests arrive.  If you have a band, they will have multiple breaks.  Make sure you have someone play music during breaks.

Are you a musiczilla?  As a wedding planner, always have lots of stories!  One bride had a song list of what she wanted played to the minute for her entire three hour wedding reception.  This is not recommended!  As her wedding planner, let her know it was not recommended, yet the DJ would follow her plan “her way”, yet she needed to understand if it wasn’t working we needed a Plan B.  Plan B was the most of the same songs, yet played in an order and timing the DJ felt worked best for the flow.  After 10 minutes of no one dancing, I approached the bride, and she agreed to go to Plan B.  Please remember you hire a professional for a reason, and each song may be three to four minutes long.  If you have a MUST PLAY list of 150 songs, you may have 600 minutes of music, translating to 10 hours of music.  Allow your DJ or band leader to guide you in selections which will get your guests up on the dance floor.  If there are songs which you do NOT want played, even if requested by a guest, make sure they honor your requests first.

Team and Timeline.  As your wedding planner, one crucial item requested of you is to be respectful to your vendors and give them a realistic timeframe to do what they feel they need to do it in.  You will need a timeline from your photographer to know how much time they need to photograph you, your wedding party, your family, and  your room before guests enter.  Depending on your menu selection and service style, you may want to position songs like the Father/Daughter dance after the servers have cleared tables, while everyone is waiting for your next course to be served.  You want your vendors to be able to do their personal best in a realistic timeframe.

Cake Cutting vs. Cake Service.  One of the key issues when timing your dinner is when to cut the cake.  Many feel when you cut the cake, your guests leave.  There is a “gap” in time from when you physically “cut the cake”, to when the cake is “served” to your guests.  Most people eat dessert and have coffee after their entrée (they don’t wait an hour or two for dessert).  Would recommend the bride and groom to cut their cake when most of the guests are finished eating their entrée.  Once the cake is cut, then have the DJ and band open the dance floor for dancing (approximately 20 – 30 minutes) while the catering staff disassembles, cuts, and prepares the cake to be served to the guests.  After 20 – 30 minutes of dancing, your guests are normally ready to take a break, and return to their table to eat their cake.

Check references, and meet with the DJ and band directly.   The DJ and band leader should give you recommendations or a guideline to help you with song selections for your:

  • Grand Entrance
  • Dinner Music
  • First Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Cake Cutting Song
  • Dance Music (slow and fast selections)
  • Last Dance

Read and understand your agreement before signing it.

What time will they start and end?

What is included in their fee?

What is an additional fee?

Who is your DJ?

Who is your emcee?

Who are your band members and what instrumentation or vocals will they include?

What are overtime charges?

What will they wear?

If it is a band, how many breaks do they have and for how long?

What and who will be play on band breaks (or do they have a DJ to handle this)?

If it is a band, are they willing to learn the music of your First Dance, and other special requested dances?

Do they have a wireless microphone for announcements?

Do they include lighting, or is it extra?

Two recommended DJ companies:

http://www.CitronSound.com (ask for Jon)

http://www.RayTheDJ.com (ask for Ray)

Copyright 2012, 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 $83.00 (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 $37.50 (subject to change), would recommend purchasing at least two of these to have for changing your name.

REQUIREMENTS
1). Both the applicants must appear together to apply and obtain a marriage license.

2).  Applications must occur prior to the marriage ceremony taking place.

3). No blood test is required.

4). Each applicant is required to provide a valid government issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or passport to show proof of age and confirm identity.

5).  Social Security numbers are required from U.S. citizens, and a Matricula Consular I.D. card is not an acceptable form for a marriage license application.

6).  You will need 2 witnesses to sign the marriage license certificate portion and they must be 18 years of age or older.

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.

8).  Effective August 3, 2018, if you are under 16 years of age, you are prohibited from marrying.

9). If you are at least 16 years of age, and under the age of 18, the following is required:   a). either a certified copy of an Emancipation Order, OR a notarized Clerk’s Office parental consent form along with the front and back of your parent(s) or legal guardian’s identification, or have your parent(s) or legal guardian accompany you and present proper identification and sign the parental consent form in the presence of the clerk issuing the marriage license; AND b). a copy of your birth certificate; AND c). one of the following government issued picture I.D.’s is required: a) current driver’s license; or a state or military I.D. card; or a current passport; or another government issued picture I.D.

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 within 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.

4).  Appointments are now available for four locations online and will be honored prior to walk ins.  You must check in upon arrival.

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

602.372.5375 or 602.37.CLERK

ClerkOfCourt.maricopa.gov/marlic.asp

ARIZONA MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICES
PHOENIX DOWNTOWN – CLERK OF THE COURT (appts. available)
601 W. Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

NORTHEAST PHOENIX – REGIONAL CENTER (appts. available)
18380 N. 40th Street, Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85032

NORTHWEST PHOENIX – REGIONAL CENTER (appts. available)
14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374

MESA – SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CENTER (appts. available)
222 E. Javelina, Mesa, AZ 85210

AVONDALE – AQUA FRIA JUSTICE COURT 602.372.8001 | COUNTRY MEADOWS JUSTICE COURT 623.372.8000 | MARYVALE JUSTICE COURT  602.372.8002 | WHITE TANK JUSTICE COURT 602.372.8003
10420 W. Van Buren Street, Avondale, AZ  85323
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding holidays)

CHANDLER – KYRENE JUSTICE COURT Suite 104 | SAN MARCOS JUSTICE COURT Window 7 | SAN TAN  JUSTICE COURT  Suite 102| UNIVERSITY LAKES JUSTICE COURT (Mon. – Fri. 8am – 4:30pm)
201 E. Chicago Street, 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 – WEST MESA JUSTICE COURT                                                                                                   2050 W. University Drive, Mesa, AZ  85201    480.964.2958

WICKENBURG – WICKENBURG TOWN COURT
155 N. Tegner Street, Suite B, Wickenburg, AZ  85390                                                                   928.668.0533 or 928.668.0515                                                                                                                                         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                                                                                                              Marriage License MUST be signed and returned within 10 days.

PRESCOTT                                                                                                                                             Yavapai County Courthouse, 2nd Floor,                                                                                                   120 S. Cortez Street, 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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