About Joyful Unions

Non-religious officiant; let me tell your love story

Liz O'Brien is an independent and non-religious wedding officiant from Phoenix, Arizona. She started officiating for friends and family in the mid-90s and joined the professional Arizona wedding industry in 2009. With nearly three decades of college teaching experience as a foundation, Liz is an experienced speaker who knows how to channel uplifting energy to you and your guests. She combines your ceremony ideas with her best practices to create a personalized and authentic narrative wedding experience that you and your community of family and friends will feel and remember. 

Services Offered
Liz 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 hand fasting, or a Jewish smashing of the glass. She also provides unlimited email/text support prior to the ceremony and files your marriage license after it.

Categories: Wedding Officiant

Regions serviced: Phoenix

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From the moment we spoke to Liz on the phone, there was no need to keep searching. We found the perfect officiant.

In addition to having a beautiful, soothing voice that is simply lovely to listen to, Liz was caring, kind, and a wonderful listener. During every email interaction and every conversation, Liz struck a perfect balance of confidently guiding us via her years of experience while also shaping her services to match our vision for our wedding day.

She was incredibly organized, providing us with helpful check-in "to do" lists and reminders along the way. She was flexible, allowing us to personalize every aspect of the ceremony, even providing samples of verbiage for inspiration. She responded to communication instantly, repeatedly assured us of exactly when she would arrive at the venue day-of to eliminate any stress, and even offered tremendously kind words of encouragement two days before the wedding.

Day-of, Liz was everything we had imagined and more. She was the perfect mix of on-the-ball professionalism and genuine warmth.

Though it is hard to pick a favorite moment among the many when working with Liz, the moment that meant the most to me was during the ceremony, right after she had received the rings from the best man. Liz paused before handing the rings to me and my husband. She closed her eyes, held our rings together in her hand, pressed her hand to her heart, and stood there, just for a moment, seeming to imbue our rings with positivity and hope. It was an unexpected, personal, and truly beautiful moment for which we will always be incredibly grateful.

It goes without saying, but I would recommend Liz to anyone and everyone in a heartbeat.

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Profile Picture Christina, 5/5/18, 5 Reviews
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Services Used: Customized Vows, Licensed, Non-religious
5.0

Liz did an amazing job with my wedding! When my wife and I met with her, her kindness and professionalism gave us great confidence in the success of our big day. A few qualities that made my wife and I appreciate her officiating was that she listened to our story and incorporated that into her script, her voice was very well projected and words annunciated (we had our event outside with no sound system) and she showed up early to mitigate any wedding day stress. Not only were we satisfied but our guests shared several comments on how well she conducted our ceremony. My wife and I are glad to have had Liz be apart of our wedding!

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Profile Picture James, 4/22/18, 1 Review
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Joyful Unions Pricing

Joyful Unions Price Rates

Wedding Services Pricing
Typical Price
$425.00
Starting Price
$325.00
Ceremony Rehearsals Pricing
Starting Price
$75.00

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Liz's weddings

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Your Love Story
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Professional Network & Endorsements

5 ENDORSEMENTS
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 :)

Liz at Joyful Unions conducts such a personalized and polished ceremony. I see too many ceremonies with the same memorized words over and over, and her un-canned delivery and meaningful words are very refreshing. I would highly recommend her services!

Joyful Unions is the perfect name for this company! I have had the pleasure of working with both Liz and Bill when they performed ceremonies at our location and they are always very professional. The thing that impressed me most was their ability to personalize ceremonies to really fir the individual couple and make it unique and different for them.

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Phoenix, AZ 85004   See On Map
602-340-8210 (phone)
Joyful Unions is a wedding officiant from Phoenix servicing weddings throughout the local area, including Scottsdale, Tempe, and Chandler. Joyful Unions is a professional officiant that has been part of the Arizona wedding industry since 2009 specializing in non-religious weddings.