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Couples call us every day because they need someone to officiate their wedding ceremony. One of the first questions asked is, “What kind of ceremony do you perform?” While we are quick to answer that we consider our ceremonies romantic and upscale, we are certain to inquire abut the kind of ceremony our bride and groom want to have.

There isn’t just one kind of ceremony. There isn’t one traditional way to have the words presented. Every couple has seen and heard wedding ceremonies and developed their own preconceived idea about how the ceremony is to go. We often present new ideas and concepts about wedding ceremony trends, but the minister should honor the couple’s desire to have the kind of ceremony they ...

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Ladies... this one is for the guys, so feel free to share it.

I don't remember much about taking four years of Latin in school, but the first sentence I ever learned was "Vestis virum reddit," the clothes make the man. As Arizona Ministers we always ask about attire so we look our best at your wedding.

Clothes can be empowering or debilitating. The wrong shoe size, a tight collar or baggy trousers at a wedding only detract from the celebration. No man should be tugging at, letting out, or pulling up his clothes in front of his family, friends and fiancé. It's not a prom!

Think Steve Harvey... always sharply dressed, impeccably groomed and full of confidence. From presidents to late night television hosts, any man can rock a suit ...

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We like to help make everyone feel at ease and welcome during wedding ceremonies. Engaging the guests, attendants, parents, children, and of course, the bride and groom, allows everyone to feel included and important.

There are many ways to make wedding ceremonies inclusive.

Have mom stand with dad & daughter at the presentation of the bride. The image of both parents presenting their daughter for marriage is a once in a lifetime event and priceless. We find most mothers are pleasantly surprised by being invited to stand a little closer to their daughters at this important time.

Make sure the officiant is personable and caring enough to consider others. Wedding ceremonies often involve more than an officiant. There can be readers, tributes, special music and even video, all of which the offici...

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It’s been said that performing weddings is “a great gig.” Dress up, say the names right and you're out of there. It’s also believed clergy get tax breaks and unmerited perks.

Well, here are the perks and breaks. Clergy pay both halves of their Social Security. Like many, clergy are responsible for their own lives, including health insurance. If it rings, clergy cheerfully answer the phone at 3:00 a.m.

Clergy follow a tradition steeped in mystery. Because of a book, clergy have to convincingly explain the benefits of a personal relationship and faith in someone unseen and silent. Performing in public and under an oath, clergy are sometimes judged harshly and accused of ill motives or insincerity.

Concealing person...

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http://www.modwedding.com/2015/07/10/arizona-wedding-with-yellow-floral-details/ Drew Brashler Photography

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At an average elevation of 7100 feet, The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim is high and far away from everything. The North Rim is even more remote. Frequently heard: "Wish I had thought to bring…"

There are beautiful days at The Grand Canyon. Pine trees scent the surrounding forest, enormous birds soar above, and others sing around the abundant wildlife. Elk, mule deer, ringtail cats and mountain lions wander among the canyon. The views and memories are endless.

Also, temperatures can reach 100 degrees in summer, storms can appear out of nowhere, and the roads are frequently closed due to snow from October through May. Gas is scarce and expensive. Multiply any discomfort during holidays, especially summer holidays! The Griswolds were not the first to learn it’s best to be prepared for the long trip.

DISTANCE AND "NO TRAFFIC" DRIVE TIME TO SHOSHONE POINT
And also some of our favorite businesses to visit along the way!

Favorite ceremony sites include Grandeur Point, Hopi Point, and Lipan Point.

"Shoshone Point" was chosen because it’s the only point offered with a private parking lot guaranteeing a place to park on the rim. With more than 5 million annual visitors, sometimes there are just not enough parking places for everyone at the points open to the public.

Flagstaff: 81 miles, 1.5 hours
Fratelli Pizza (South of the tracks) - NiMarco's Pizza (Downtown) - Little America - Twin Arrows
Las Vegas: 277 miles, 4.5 hours
Phoenix: 231 miles, 3.5 hours
Dino's on Cave Creek - Times Square -
Sedona: 166 miles, 2.25 hours
L'Auberge - The Orchards - Super 8 - Mariposa - Dahl & DiLuca - Golden Goose - Kokopelli Days Inn - Canyon Villa
Tucson: 346 miles, 5.5 hours
Caruso's - Tanya's 33 -
Williams: 61 miles, 1.25 hours
Grand Canyon Coffee Cafe - Kick’s on Route 66 - Days Inn - Trapper’s Rendezvous

Remember, these drive times can be affected by weather, traffic and the wait time at the National Park Main Entrance. Add much more time if driving through Cameron and the National Park East Entrance. There are also options for flying into The Grand Canyon National Park Airport.

This trip is so worth it! Here's a “just in case” list provided for your comfort.

PREPARATION
National Park Wedding Permit
Firm or at least tentative plans for lodging and meals
Full tank of gas in Flagstaff or Williams
Contact Information for everyone involved
Rings
Marriage License & Pen
Vows (if personalizing)
AAA and any award cards

READINESS
Cell phone with a good weather app and car charger
(Signal is weak at best and non-existent at many locations)
Cameras, batteries, storage
Sunglasses
Broom (if wanted to sweep a ramada)
Shoeshine brush
Umbrellas
Tire Chains & Shovel (winter)

COMFORT
Drinking water, bottles or cups (The National Park only sells empty refillable souvenier bottles)
Snacks, beverages, ice
Toilet seat covers/toilet paper/paper towels
Sunscreen (all seasons)
Hand lotion
Hand sanitizer
Insect repellant (like Off)
Handkerchief/Tissues
Comfortable walking shoes
Hat (can be removed for ceremony & photos)
Attire in layers

INSIDE THE PARK RECOMMENDATIONS
El Tovar - BEST BET: Shuttle Service -

CAMP VERDE RECOMMENDATIONS
Babe’s Round Up -

CAMERON RECOMMENDATIONS
Cameron Trading Post -

By Phillip Waring
Arizona Ministers

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