Frequently Asked Questions

Are you actually ministers and what are your credentials?

Indeed, we are! Jerry has been an ordained minister for over 26 years and performed hundreds of weddings. He has an undergraduate degree in theology and a masters and doctorate in Christian Counseling.

Julie was ordained in 2006 and loves performing ceremonies as well.

 

What areas of Arizona do you serve?

“Have Bible Will Travel” is Jerry’s motto. We perform wedding ceremonies throughout the Greater Phoenix area, including Ahwatukee, Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, or Tempe! We also travel to Flagstaff, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Tucson or wherever you desire.

 

Will you perform our wedding ceremony in a unique or unusual setting that is special to us?

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Absolutely! We will perform your one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony where you desire. While there is no charge for travel within the greater Phoenix area (and surrounding cities), fees for travel outside of the Phoenix area are additional and vary based on location. We will travel to your home, a hotel, a park, a church, the beach, your favorite restaurant, where you had your first kiss, the good ol’ Elk’s Lodge, a reception hall, to a train, ship or roller coaster, the banks of a babbling brook, to a mountaintop or to any other location which may be meaningful to you. Note: I am not scuba certified, but I can hold my breath pretty well!

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Do you require premarital counseling?

Although pre-marital counseling is not required, we believe that marriage counseling is one of the smartest investments newlyweds can make. As you begin your new life together, it is important that a strong foundation for a healthy and happy relationship has been laid. No matter how crazy-in-love you are, successful marriages don’t just happen. We offer one to six sessions designed to address your individual needs. Reverend Jerry not only has education and training in Christian counseling, but has been happily married for many joy-filled years. Contact us for more information.

 

How will we work together to make our vision a romantic reality?

Once we have received a deposit and signed contract, we will send you Wedding Homework©. Your answers to the Wedding Homework© questions will help us to create a romantic, personal ceremony that is meaningful to you. Your ceremony is actually the product of your two hearts!

 

Can we write our own vows?

You bet! It is our sincere desire that your vows capture and reflect the extraordinary love you have for each other. Whether you craft your own vows, or we write them together, your ceremony should express your hopes, your dreams, and your heartfelt promises for your future together.

 

Can you do an “interfaith” wedding where you co-officiate with another minister, rabbi or priest?

As respectful as you are trying to be in honoring different traditions, we believe that trying to “co-officiate” your ceremony might unnecessarily create an uncomfortable situation between the two different religious traditions. We prefer focusing on the romantic aspects of your love story and your deep commitment to each other, rather than trying to combine two different religious faiths. As a sole officiant, I have performed weddings by myself in a way that pleased everyone. Our suggestion would be for you and your fiancé to combine your religious traditions later at the reception.

 

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Of course, in fact, we encourage it! Wedding services that involve children create a special bond between parents, stepparents and the children themselves. A family-oriented ceremony should be about “uniting” and when a ceremony recognizes children, it goes a long way towards merging a new blended family.

 

Attire – Just what does Reverend Jerry wear?

He will dress appropriately for your ceremony. He will wear a suit, ministerial robe, tuxedo, Hawaiian shirt, cowboy hat, or whatever you would like that does not undermine the moment you have chosen to dedicate your lives to one another.

 

When will you arrive for our ceremony and what if we are running a little late?

We will arrive 15 minutes prior to your wedding and plan to leave no later than 30 minutes after the ceremony concludes. (Of course we would like to stay at your wedding celebration as long as possible!) Likewise, we must insist that your ceremony start on time – we cannot be delayed in arriving at a wedding that is scheduled after yours. If you consider changing your date or time, please call us to check availability.

 

When and where do we get the wedding license?

If you are being married in Arizona, please click the following link and you will be redirected to the Superior Court of Arizona’s website.

 

Do you perform Renewal of Vows?

Yes! Please click here for information on vow renewal ceremonies.

 

What’s the next step(s)

You may contact me through this web page or by phone at 480-759-9334. If you like, I will then contact you — usually by phone — to set up a time to meet in person (if practical).. At this meeting we will get acquainted, learn about your romantic history, discuss any questions or concerns you might have.

Or if you would rather, you can complete our contact form to receive more information or to inquire about available dates. When you’re finished, click the “Submit” button.

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