Weddings & Events by Jess Jessica Griffin, Owner/Certified Wedding



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-Attending vendor appointments 

 Wedding website design/management (w/guest RSVP)   

-Gift bag creation and delivery  (Premium supplies extra)    

-Budget creation, tracking and payment reminders

-Jumping Brooms (rental or custom design)

-Planning a pre or post wedding day activity 

-Mr. & Mrs. / Bride & Groom signs (rental or custom design)

***All listed above services are priced at a $60 per hour rate.


Pima County Marriage License Information


Marriage License applicants must complete an application at one of our kiosks in the lobby of our Civil Unit on the first floor of the Superior Court building, 110 W. Congress, at the corner of Church and Congress in downtown Tucson. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Both applicants must appear in person and will be required to take an oath as to the information on their application.

The fee is $76.00 and is payable by cash, money order, or credit card.

The legal age of consent is 18. If you appear to be under 21, clerks may request proof of age, so please bring a Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Passport, or Military I.D.



If either or both of the applicants are 16 or 17 years old, consent of at least one of your parents is required. You will need to present a subscribed, sworn and notarized statement containing the names of both marriage license applicants, granting you permission to wed. If either or both are 15 years or younger, the law requires an order signed by the Juvenile Court Judge of the Superior Court to get a license.

No blood test or waiting period is required by the State of Arizona for a marriage license application. The license is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued. After 12 months, it expires. Your license issued by our office can be used anywhere in Arizona during those 12 months.


Wedding Timeline Checklist

12+ months before

• Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.

• Assemble your "planning team."

• Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with your venues, officiant and important guests before finalizing.

• Start planning the guest list.

Look for and book ceremony sites and reception sites.

Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.

Optional: Have an engagement party. You may want to register beforehand for gifts.


8–10 months before

Bride: Think about, shop for and order your gown.

Envision reception food.

Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ or band?



Think about your floral décor.

Research and book your wedding professionals. Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, and florist.

Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.

Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.

Register for gifts.

Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception, such as chairs, tables and a tent.
6–8 months before

• Book ceremony musicians.

• Order bridesmaid dresses.

• Start planning honeymoon.

• Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you're marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding.

4–6 months before

• Attend pre-wedding counseling, if required.

• Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.

• Shop for formalwear.

• Renew or get passports, if necessary.

• Envision your wedding cake and research, interview and book a cake designer.
3 months before

• Order wedding cake.

• Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.

• Attend your shower. (It may be earlier, depending on when your hosts decide to have it.)

• Groom: Rent the men's formalwear.

• Hire wedding day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you're considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.


2 months before

• Mail your invitations.

• Write your vows.

• Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other.

• Book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles.

• Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.


1 month before

• Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you'll wed.

• Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.

• Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.

• Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.

• Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.

• Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
2 weeks before

• Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.

• Deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.

• Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don't want played.

• Bride: Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color.
1 week before

• Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.

• Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for a florist.

• Plan reception seating chart.

• Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you've hired.

• Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.

• Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.

• Groom: Get your hair trimmed.

• Attend bachelor/ette parties.
2–3 days before

• Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.

• Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.

• Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.

• Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.

Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.

• Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.

• Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup times and locations.

• Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants or relatives to help.

• Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.


Day before

• Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.

• Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
Night before

• Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details.

• Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes or other ceremony accessories to the site.

• Give your marriage license to your officiant.

• Attend rehearsal dinner.

• Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You'll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.


Day of

• Present parents and each other with gifts.

• Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.

• Give best man the officiant's fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony.

• Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.

• Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he/she knows who's who.


Postwedding

• Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.

• Preplan for attendants to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return the groom's tux to the rental shop.

• Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.


Bridal Party Checklist

Maid of Honor:

Lead the bridesmaid troupe. It's the maid/matron of honor's (MOH) job to direct the other maids through their duties. Make sure everyone gets their bridesmaid dresses, go to dress fittings, and find the right jewelry. Also provide them with the 411 on all pre-wedding parties.

• Help shop for dresses (the bride's and the bridesmaids'). And the MOH pays for her own entire wedding outfit (including shoes).

Offer to help the bride with pre-wedding tasks, from addressing invites to choosing the wedding colors and nodding enthusiastically when she waxes poetic about wedding cake.

Spread the news about where the bride and groom are registered.

Help the bride change for her honeymoon and take charge of her gown after the ceremony. Arrange for storage in a safe place until she returns.

Lend an ear. Whether it's about the planning, the marriage, or the registry china patterns, the MOH should assure the bride that she has someone with whom she can share her thoughts. Even if she seems to dwell on the same subjects repeatedly, the MOH keeps listening.

Host or cohost a bridal shower for the bride.

Attend all pre-wedding parties.

Keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and showers (or delegate a bridesmaid to handle this).

Plan the bachelorette party with the bridesmaids.

See to it that all bridesmaids get to the rehearsal; coordinate transportation and lodging, if necessary.

Make sure that all bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done, get to the ceremony on time, and have the correct bouquets.

Hold the groom's ring during the ceremony. Safest place to put it? On your thumb.

Arrange the bride's train and veil before the ceremony begins and just after she arrives at the altar. The MOH might also need to help her bustle the train for easy dancing at the reception.

Hold the bride's bouquet while the couple exchanges vows.

Sign the marriage license as a witness, along with the best man.

Stand next to the groom in the receiving line (this is optional; the bride may decide to have attendants circulate among the guests instead).

Play hostess along with the other bridesmaids at frequent points during the reception: show guests where to sit, direct them to restrooms, tell them to where to put presents, invite them to sign the guest book, etc.

Collect any gift envelopes brought to the reception and keep them in a safe place.

Make sure the bride takes a moment to eat something -- refresh her drink, get her a plate of food from the buffet table, or instruct the wait staff to keep her entree warm.

• Dance with the best man during the formal first-dance sequence and possibly be announced with him at the beginning of the party. Also dance with other groomsmen, the groom, and others throughout the musical entertainment.

Toast the couple after the best man. (This is optional, but it is a nice touch.)

Troubleshoot emotional crises. In most cases, this will require lots of tissues, hugging, and hair-smoothing. The MOH continues to be a trusted friend, a good listener, and a smart advisor.

Keep the bride laughing. For the stressed-out bride, laughter can be as effective as venting.


Bridesmaid(s):

Offer to help with pre-wedding tasks. Try to be specific when you volunteer: Instead of just, "What can I do?" say, "Would you like me to help you shop for bridesmaid dresses/stuff invitations/pack for the honeymoon?"

Scout out bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry and other wedding accessories. Pay for the entire ensemble. (Break in your shoes before the wedding daythat will minimize slipping, blisters and aching feet.)

Help plan, cohost and pay for the bridal shower and bachelorette party with the other bridesmaids.

If the maid or matron of honor isn't already handling this task, keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and bridal showers (so that the bride/couple can write thank-you notes); maintain RSVP lists.

Attend the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. (Keep abreast of all pre-wedding parties, and go to as many as possible.)



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