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Last updated: 3 December 2020
The information on this page is current as of the above date, but these regulations will change. We urge you to check with your County Clerk's Office for the most up-to-date information.

Online Wedding Ceremonies

Online weddings are not allowed in Arizona.

COVID Restrictions for Couples & Ministers

From the ceremony to the paperwork, Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on weddings - getting married is just different right now. Large gatherings are prohibited, for obvious public health reasons.

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Marriage Licenses & the County Clerk's Office

At the moment, many County Clerk Offices in Arizona are operating with modified schedules. Please plan accordingly, as hours may have changed or an appointment may be necessary.

At this time, all Arizona couples can apply for a Maricopa County marriage license by mail, or in-person at any County Clerk's Office in Arizona. Application forms and instructions for mail-in applications are available online. For more information we recommend contacting the Maricopa Clerk's Office or your County Clerk's Office.

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Additional Information

These policy changes are temporary and tied to the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the moment we can not predict how long they will remain in effect.

For more information, contact your County Clerk's Office. Additional information from the Arizona Courts and Maricopa County is available here.

Arizona Marriage License information:
https://www.azcourthelp.org/topics/marriage

Maricopa County Marriage License information:
https://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/services/marriage-licenses-passports/marriage-licenses/marriage-license-by-mail




COVID-19, social distancing, travel bans, lockdowns… Many couples are being forced to downsize their wedding plans and for many guests, the only way to attend is with their computers and mobile phones.

If your guest list is shrinking to just the couple and officiant, or maybe just the couple, Arizona marriage laws regulate who must be in attendance, and how the ceremony is conducted. Here are some options to help adapt your wedding plans in Arizona to celebrate a COVID safe wedding.

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Virtual Weddings vs. Livestream Ceremonies in Arizona

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For the sake of clarity, we differentiate virtual wedding ceremonies (or Zoom/Skype ceremonies) from livestream ceremonies by who is in attendance. If the officiant is officiating the vows from another place via video, then we call that a virtual or Zoom ceremony, since the people involved in the ceremony are interacting over whatever video platform is chosen.

However, if the couple and the officiant are present, but guests are watching remotely, we call that a livestream wedding since the ceremony itself is happening in one physical place. You can read more about what distinguishes each option here.

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Directing a Zoom Wedding

You can livestream any activity or event, and it doesn't matter where you are in Arizona, what you're doing or how many people are physically present with you. Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live

As long as you have a tripod and a phone with a good camera on it, your guests will be able to participate remotely. Many of these platforms even allow guests to comment, chat, and interact in other ways.


We realize that this is not always ideal, but ultimately, if couples choose to move forward with scaled down weddings and smaller guests lists, these communications platforms let friends and family around the world know that they are still being thought of.

For folks planning on livestreaming their nuptials, Here's How to Livestream Your Wedding.



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