Our History

Fresh out of college and eager to serve, I (Phil) performed my first destination wedding ceremony in 1977 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. After the ceremony the wedding coordinator asked me to print some business cards. Arizona Ministers was born. Gwen Waring joined Arizona Ministers in 2000. Performing beautiful weddings and running our busy wedding office, she’s the most helpful resource for any engaged couple. Best friends and married partners, we try hard to be Arizona’s top wedding team.

Congratulations on your decision to be married!


To create a legal marriage in Arizona, law requires Arizona Judges or Arizona Ministers to perform a ceremony in which the couple is pronounced “married.” If standing before a judge is not part of your dream wedding ceremony, please read on and consider Arizona Ministers.

Many tell us that we relieved so much of their stress, that our positive leadership and calm demeanor allowed everyone to relax and enjoy their ceremony. Making couples happy on their wedding day is our highest priority. We would love to do our part to help create the perfect wedding ceremony for you!

You can trust Arizona Ministers to lead the most meaningful and intimate public moment of your wedding day. We know you are searching for the very best, most experienced and personally verified wedding ceremony officiants in Arizona.

Some couples may have different faiths or might not even ‘be religious,’ but would enjoy the celebrating services of a caring, open-minded, dignified, and creative wedding minister. Our romantic, unreligious civil wedding ceremonies are among the most appreciated and enjoyed! We are known as prolific writers and dynamic storytellers who love to speak about love. You’ll never find us judgmental or imposing any beliefs.



Are you searching for wedding ceremony ideas? With Arizona Ministers you can write your own vows or personal words. Your customized wedding ceremony may include a traditional Unity Candle, Sand Blending, Anniversary Wine Box Sealing, Bell of Truce, or you can “tie the knot” with our original Golden Cords Ceremony. You can also have a very simple ceremony. We’re here to lead, not push you!



Orators in the classic sense, we have tried to distinguish our ceremonies from others’ in every way. Blending families means your children can be included. We offer a ceremony in which your parents or all of your married guests can renew their vows. Since we do not read a long script from a binder, we make eye contact and completely engage you and your guests. All traditions & customs are cheerfully respected and facilitated from the heart. Plus, when you retain us, you get someone reputable and respected in the worldwide wedding industry.

We have won lots of wedding industry awards and recognize their popularity among rising wedding vendors. Our greatest blessings are the couples that have stayed in touch and have actually become our friends. We go for the reward, not an award. Like us on Facebook and we can stay in touch, too!


You will not doubt our passion for your satisfaction. See for yourself why we might be just right for you. Schedule a complimentary “get acquainted” consultation! We want to hear your love story and wedding ceremony ideas. We can explain everything clearly and help you visualize your entire wedding ceremony. We try making this meeting as exciting as the ceremony itself!

Our Office

Our office is at the Phoenix Wedding Studio, but we serve all couples throughout Arizona. We travel to officiate weddings in Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, Sedona, Tucson, Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon and locations all over Arizona. We even marry couples on a corner in Winslow, Arizona!

First we need to determine our availability for your wedding date, time and location. Our calendar fills quickly, so those who call early usually get us. If we can’t officiate your wedding we will introduce you to someone else from Arizona Ministers you will love.

Thanks for visiting! Phillip & Gwen Waring, Founders
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