COVID note: Joyful Unions is providing weddings, elopements and minimonies now, and also booking wedding services for later dates. Joyful Unions provides nonreligious wedding officiating in Phoenix, Arizona. Liz O'Brien, the owner, is a nonreligious wedding officiant happily serving a diverse array of couples throughout the Phoenix metro area. She has successfully guided hundreds of couples at their wedding altar during her more than 20 years in the business. A recently retired college professor, Liz is a warm, smart and experienced speaker who knows how to channel uplifting energy to you and your guests. She combines your ideas with her best practices to create a personalized and authentic narrative wedding ceremony that you and your community of family and friends will feel and remember.
COVID note: Joyful Unions is providing weddings, elopements and minimonies now, and also booking wedding services for later dates. Joyful Unions provides nonreligious officiant services for wedding ceremonies, elopements, and vow renewals. Rehearsals are available if needed. A licensed officiant, Liz can help couples create custom vows, incorporate readings and participate in cultural rituals such as a wine-box ceremony, wishing stones, unity sand or candle ceremony, a handfasting, or a smashing of the glass. She also provides unlimited email/text support prior to the ceremony, files your marriage license afterward, and also sends you a keepsake copy of your ceremony script.
158 Reviews for Joyful Unions
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Anshul K. · Married on 11/29/2020
Wedding in the Time of COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, our four-day Hindu wedding had to be postponed, but we still wanted to keep our original wedding weekend and do a short, entirely virtual civil service. We didn't exactly know how to go about it, but from the first moment, Liz was encouraging, personable, and accommodating. She spent considerable time "interviewing", helping, and coaching us over the phone and email, including calming us down when we accidentally signed our marriage license in blue, rather than black ink, as the instructions dictated - it was ok in the end. Together we put a short ceremony that was focused entirely on us and what we wanted. As a biracial couple, cultural sensitivity in bringing together two very different cultures over Zoom was paramount, but we didn't even have to explain this to Liz - she anticipated it and asked detailed and specific questions about appropriateness and cultural preferences. We were blown away by her awareness and appreciation of our unique family situation. In the end, our ceremony (with Liz on a tablet over FaceTime, and guests from 5 different countries on a laptop, over Zoom) was above and beyond what we could have imagined. The emotion Liz poured into the narrative that she told impressed and touched all our friends and family from both cultures.
Getting Liz to officiate the ceremony was the best decision. Thank you so much!!
Sent on 05/12/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you so much for your kind and detailed words, Anshul. I'm so glad we were able to work around these unforeseen events of Spring 2020 and create something new for all of us. It was a genuine joy and pleasure to be part of your global celebration! All my best to you both. Love, Liz
Jennifer G. · Getting married on 09/03/2022
Great from first call to the ceremony!
Liz really gets to know you as a couple. With her emails and calls (we did Facetime) she learned about our relationship history, our story, what things are meaningful to us as a couple and individually.Sent on 04/02/2021
She then takes all this knowledge and crafts a very personalized ceremony. So many family members came up to me after and said how she really brought up the joy and the true commitment a marriage takes.
During this time of Covid and having a small ceremony, I think choosing the right officiant really matters because the ceremony and the marriage is really highlighted at this time.
She is also great with any follow up and the ceremony script after as a keepsake is great!
Andrea W. · Getting married on 07/03/2022
Perfect for our Elopment - Intimate and Meaningful
We wanted out small elopement to be intimate, unique and impactful to us. Liz did a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere that we wanted with vows she intertwined together. We desired a meaningful ceremony, that was reflective on our special journey. And that is what we got!Sent on 03/31/2020
Joyful Unions's reply:I'm so glad to have fulfilled your wishes for your beautiful and intimate elopement, Andrea. I respected how you and Al knew what you wanted and that you made it happen. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of your day. Love each other well!
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Words can't describe the amazing experience that I had working with Joyful Unions! Absolutely professional, and extremely pleasurable to work with from start to finish. Quality vendors that work well together make every single event better for everyone involved (especially the clients), and this collaboration was no exception. Looking forward to future events with Joyful Unions!
Such a wonderful speech Liz gave for one of our brides who we have designed the bridal gowns. We felt as if Liz was the best friend of the bride and groom forever and speech filled with love, care, happiness made us moved. Thank you Liz!
Liz at Joyful Unions is awesome! Her ceremony style is innovative and fun. In other words a perfect fit for our clients :)