Frequently Asked Questions
How To Book With Us
1. In order to hold your date and time, we require a $250 Non-Refundable Deposit; that is applied towards your wedding package. For the Shot Gun Package, we do require that you pre-pay the entire package in order to book.
2. If you are ready to place a deposit to hold your date and time, you can do that two ways. First you can book on our website (see above on the menu where it states “Book Online Now” or you can call us at 480-217-8389 and we can gather all the details over the phone.
3. When you book we will ask you if you want to use the Church or Gazebo, and which vows you would like. Choices of vows are here or you can customize your own. Upon booking, we block off the date and time so that no one else can reserve it with us or at the venue. We also get you in touch with our in-house photographer, if you wish to use her services. You pay her directly, not us for the photography services.
4. Last, we will ask that you review, complete and sign our Simple Service Agreement, you can find those here and that’s it! Balance if any is due before your wedding day.
How To See The Venue
We are on the grounds of the Pioneer Living History Museum. The address is: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086. You can navigate to the Pioneer Living History Museum on your GPS and it will take you straight to us.
The Chapel and the Gazebo, are part of the Historic Musuem Tour – and are both historic buildings. As such, usually to view them, there is a museum tour fee.
Please keep in mind, that we are not there unless we have a wedding, and that the volunteers can not answer any questions about our services. Also, that the Church is not decorated for weddings unless we are performing one, so please use your imagination or see pictures on this website or on our facebook page.
What is Included in Wedding Packages?
Wedding Chapel or Outside Gazebo Venue
Minister for your ceremony
Choice of Vows - Christian, No Mention or God or Custom
Decorations for the Venue
Music for your event
No blackout dates or times (even for Shot Gun Package!)
Scalable pricing so that you dont have to update to another package, additional Guests are only $25
Children under 5 do not count as guests
How much time do we get at the Venue?
Time at the venue depends on your package as follows:
Shot Gun Package: 30 minutes
Intimate Wedding Package: 60 minutes
Wild West Wedding Package: 60 minutes
Ultimate Wedding Package: 90 minutes
All ceremonies are performed in the same order and style. The only difference in time, for all the ceremonies, is that it takes more time to manage a larger group of guests. The ceremony itself will take anywhere between 5-15 minutes. The balance of the time, is spent congratulating the couple, taking family and group pictures on the grounds, and finally, private pictures of the couple.
Is there a place to change into my gown?
Yes, we have facilities to change into your wedding dress, and touch up your hair and makeup. As a matter of fact, the brides always come to the bridal suite of the museum grounds, that way the guests and groom don't see her before she walks down the aisle.
What time do I have my guests arrive?
Your guests should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your ceremony. Due to the nature of our weddings, we run on a tight schedule. We may have weddings before and after your ceremony, and therefore its very important that you notify your guests to arrive on-time. If you are your guests arrive more than 15 minutes early, we ask that you wait until the coordinator comes to greet you to ensure that you are not interupting someone elses wedding ceremony. This ensures a great experience for everyone.
Can you provide witnesses?
Sometimes, we are able to secure local witnesses with at least 24 hours notice. We ask that you tip each witness $25 cash for their time. Its best that you bring cash in an envelope, and you provide it to the minister with your marriage license.
There are times that we are able to accomodate our couples since we are a husband and wife team. When we are together, one will perform the ceremony, the other can act as a witness. This option is only available on the weekends, since during the week we are often unable to both attend. In addition, if you choose to use our photographer, then she can also act as a witness, therefore providing you the two required witnesses.
How much are additional Guests?
Additional Guests are $25 each. Our packages are setup for the practical couple. Just have one more guest over your package limit? No worries, its just $25, that way you do not have to move up to the next package.
And children age 5 and under, are not included as guests, the only time they count towards the guest count is with the Ultimate Package because we are limited to the amount of people in the building due to the fire code. Therefore, no additional guests are allowed under the Ultimate Package, and children age 5 and under would be considered guests.
How do I book with your in-house photographer?
We have contracted rates with our in-house photographers. Once you book with us, we will put you in contact with a photographer at our discounted, all inclusive rates. You pay the photographer directly.
Can I bring my own Minister?
Yes, you may. Although a minister is included in all packages, you have the option to bring your own minister to perform your ceremony.
May I bring my own photographer?
Yes, you may. Although, we highly recommend our in house photographer, we do understand that sometimes our couples have a relationship with a family photographer. Keep in mind, that if you choose to bring your own photographer, they do count towards your guest count.
Where do I get my marriage license?
You may obtain your marriage license from the country clerk in the county you live in. If you are coming from another State, you are able to get your marriage license here in Maricopa County in the morning, and be married same day. Marriage License is $76.50 as of 2018.
You both must be present to obtain the license, and you will need two witnesses to validate the marriage license.
How far out can I book my wedding?
We only book out 6 months in advance. For example, in January, we begin booking for June weddings. However, due to the nature of our ceremonies, we are able to perform multiple ceremonies in one day. During wedding season, we typically will have three weddings per day. So don't be shy, ask about availablility. Its first come first served, and a deposit will hold your date and time.