Joyful Unions is a wedding officiant from Phoenix, Arizona. Liz O'Brien, the owner, is a non-religious 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.
Joyful Unions provides non-religious 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 and files your marriage license afterward.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Kalaya Vanaprasert · Married on 03/09/2019
We used Liz to officiate our wedding a couple months ago. We made the decision to use Liz because after meeting with a couple other officiants, it was clear that she is very passionate about what she does and truly values love and relationships. With other officiants that we met with, it seemed much less personal and more like a job and checking off items from a checklist. Leading up to the wedding, we met with Liz so that she could get to know us and how our relationship began and has evolved over the years. Liz is very personable, genuine and a great listener. From our very first meeting, she made us feel comfortable and it felt very natural communicating with her. After our initial meeting, she followed up with us on action items discussed at our meeting to make sure that we had everything organized and completed prior to our wedding day. She let us know that she was there for us and was always available for any other questions or if, we thought of anything else that we wanted incorporated into our ceremony, she would be happy to include it, even if it was at the last minute. On the day of our wedding, Liz arrived early and was well prepared to officiate our ceremony. Liz is an excellent communicator and the story she told of the evolution of our relationship made it so personal. We received many compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the ceremony. We would highly recommend Liz and can’t think of anything that we would have wanted done differently.Sent on 06/22/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thank you so much for this detailed review, Kalaya! It makes my day to hear that you, Andrew and your guests were happy with the ceremony. It was my pleasure meeting you both and being part of your wedding day. All my best for a most fulfilling marriage!
Madeleine · Married on 07/06/2019
Liz is amazing!
We met Liz the morning of the wedding, but it felt like we had already met because she had spent so much time working to get to know us to make sure our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. She works to make sure that her service is personalized to the couple, and she pay attention to the details that you tell her. She is incredibly adept at tuning into exactly what makes you as a couple click, which is impressive since we had only spoken over email! She is open-minded and compassionate to everyone's unique situations, which is exactly what we were looking for. She also operates at a great price, as well! It's clear to us that she genuinely loves officiating, and we couldn't have imagined a better ceremony. If we could get married again, we'd definitely have Liz officiate our wedding!Sent on 07/22/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:One of the best benefits of officiating is getting to learn and share a couple's love story. Stories, thankfully, run the gamut, so it makes sense that wedding ceremonies should do the same! Glad to hear you and Kade found the experience meaningful. All my best for a most amazing marriage! Love, Liz
Noelle · Married on 06/01/2019
Liz was great! She was so easy to work with. Efficient, organized, great customer service. On the day of the wedding I almost fainted before the ceremony. I've fainted before so I knew the feeling. Liz arrived and was so calm, we worked out a plan in case I thought I might faint during the ceremony, and it was no big deal. She handled it really well and did not escalate any emotions during a potentially tense moment. We got lots of compliments on our ceremony which is nice since we have families who belong to faith communities while my husband and I do not. Liz was a great choice and I'm so glad she was a part of our big day!Sent on 06/14/2019
Joyful Unions's reply:Thanks for your kind and supportive words, Noelle. I'm glad you remained upright during the ceremony(!) because you were marrying one sweet man! All my best to you both, and your beautiful son. With gratitude, Liz
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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 :)