How to Get Legally Married in Arizona and Plan Your AZ Wedding
Of course, you and your spouse want your wedding day to be as magical and romantic as possible. Unfortunately, there are some less romantic things that do need to happen before you seal the deal—such as getting a marriage license. Every state has different regulations and guidelines for obtaining a marriage license, which is why it's so crucial to study your state's guidelines before you apply. For Arizona specifically, and really for most states, guidelines do vary from county to county, so it's extra crucial to look at your county's guidelines beforehand. Generally speaking though, they're all almost identical, albeit maybe some minor changes depending on your county.
Arizona is also an incredible state to get married in. The weather is pretty reliable for the most part, and there are some really incredible venues that have spectacular desert or wildlife views. If you're looking to get married somewhere where the sun shines and the days are long, definitely consider getting your marriage license in Arizona.
How to Get Married in Arizona
The process for getting a marriage license in Arizona is relatively simple and can be an essentially stress-free process for you and your future spouse. Ensuring you know the details of how to obtain your marriage license is going to save you a lot of stress later — and that's why we're here to help you figure out how to do it.
Is there a waiting period to get married in Arizona?
No! That means that as soon as you get your marriage license approved, you're free to love (legally) as you please.
What are the legal requirements to get married in Arizona?
In Arizona, you and your future spouse must be over the age of 18 or be 16 or 17 years of age with the legal consent form from both parties' legal guardians. You also must have a government-issued photo ID for proof of age. You also cannot apply for a marriage license if you and your spouse are interested in a covenant marriage.
What's considered a common law marriage in Arizona?
Although some states in America recognize common law marriages, Arizona does not. Common law marriages do not give couples the same rights that legally married couples are entitled to — which is usually why couples opt to get a marriage license, and most states don't allow a common law marriage.
Arizona Marriage License 101
Once you and your spouse have decided you're serious about marriage, and have confirmed that you are legally able to get married, it's time to seek out your local County Clerk's office so you and your future spouse can get one step closer to being ready for your big day. Check out our comprehensive guide of all things Arizona marriage license below.
What do you need to get a marriage license in Arizona?
On the day of, both parties must be present at your local County Clerk of the Superior Court's office (check your county's website for specific addresses) and definitely will need a valid photo I.D., such as a driver's license, a passport, a military I.D. card, or a state-issued I.D. in order to fill out a marriage license application. After that, the process is simple and you won't need anything else — not even a blood test (we know you were thinking about it.) You'll also need to know your Social Security Number to fill out the application.
Although, depending on the county, rules may be slightly different. In Maricopa County, it's recommended that you make an appointment to fill out your marriage license application, but for most other counties, walk-ins are fine. Or, in Pima County, if one of the parties is incarcerated, he/she needs to have their application completed and have a notarized copy with his/her information.
What does an Arizona marriage license cost?
It depends on the county but can range anywhere from $72-$83. This is payable in cash or by money order, bank guarantee card, cashier's check, or credit card.
How long does it take to get a marriage license in Arizona?
The application process itself doesn't take too long, and you'll be in and out of the clerk's office in no time. And, there's no waiting period, so Arizona is definitely a good spot for those looking to elope! You also have 12 months to use your marriage license until it expires, just as a note.
Can you apply for a marriage license online in Arizona?
You bet. While it definitely won't be as quick of a process online as it is in person, this is definitely a great option for couples who aren't in a rush. With proper identification and a credit card at the ready, you can fill out the online application in no time — just be sure to head to your county's website to find the application.
How do you get a copy of your Arizona marriage license?
If you want to obtain a certified copy of the marriage license, you can request one at your local county clerk's office. The fee is $30 for a copy with a notarized raised seal.
How to Plan an Arizona Wedding
Now that you've gotten the OK from Arizona state, it's time to get ready for this wedding ceremony and reception! Likely, you've already thought about (or maybe even booked) your vendors — but for those who aren't quite ahead of the curve, we're here to help you decide where and when you should get married in AZ.
The Different Cities and Areas to Consider for an Arizona Wedding
The state of Arizona really is the epitome of what you might picture to be "the wild west," but in this state, there's really something for everyone. Arizona is about half city half country, with big booming cities like Phoenix, and rolling deserts to spare. Tucson is another beautiful city The Knot recommends, as there are beautiful landscapes, as well as a significant number of venues in the area.
What to Look for in an Arizona Wedding Venue
If you're looking for something more rustic, definitely consider having a barn wedding — these are really popular, and can definitely add a dose of western charm to your marriage ceremony (if that's what you're into, of course.) Or, if you really enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, there are many elegant halls and event spaces in Phoenix and Tucson to check out before your big day. Ultimately, it's up to your preferences and what works best for your unique wedding day.
How to Find Arizona Wedding Venues
Even if you're an Arizona resident, it can be hard to know where to start looking for venues, especially if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. Luckily, The Knot Marketplace is chock full of venue suggestions, as well as other vendor recommendations, for any area of Arizona you've got your eye on. You can also ask locals, or join Facebook groups to see what's popular with people in the area.
The Best Times of Year to Have an Arizona Wedding for Good Weather
As you might imagine, summers are hot and dry in Arizona, so unless you and your party want to be sweating it out on your big day, probably not the best idea to have your wedding in the middle of July. Fall and spring, however, are beautiful times of year in Arizona. Whether you're in the mountains, the desert, or the city, fall and spring are the best times to get hitched, especially if you're opting for an outdoor venue.