It's true, you have to have a license to get married legally in the state of Michigan.
Many couples are not aware of this and at the least are unsure of how to obtain a marriage license. Have no fear, I'm here to help!
Information from the Oakland County Clerks Office is posted at www.oakgov.com and reads as follows:
How to do a unity ring warming ceremony during your wedding:
You don't have to have any sort of unity ceremony during your wedding ceremony, but for some couples they want to add a special something, and this ring warming ceremony is a great way to invite your guests to be a part of your wedding ceremony.
Do I have to have a unity ceremony?
The simple answer is no, you do not have to have anything in your ceremony that you don't want to have. Yes, it's that simple, well, working with me it is.
First let's understand what a unity ceremony is. It is a symbolic gesture to show the blending of your two individual lives into one united married life.
Some traditional ceremonies include a unity candle, unity sand, chocolate sharing, beer pouring, wine blending, heck anything you can think of can be used to do a unity ceremony.
I tell all the couples I work with that if you want to add a little something extra to your ceremony, go for it! But first, think of how it represents the two of you and how, it should be something that when your guests see it they say "oh, that's so them" not "why are they pouring sand into a vase?"
Their are many ways to make a unity ceremony more personal. For example, if your sticking with the traditional lighting of the candles then perhaps right before you light the unity candle we can invite your mothers or parents forward to light the individual taper candles and we can explain that in lighting these candles they are honoring that the children they raised now stand before them as amazing adults and that they support the joining of your lives in marriage and they welcome your spouse into their lives.
Or if you have chosen a tree planting ceremony, you could bring with you dirt from each of your parents homes, using this dirt to blend your lives on your wedding day.
Remember though, a unity ceremony is not required. It is perfectly acceptable to skip it altogether. If it does not feel right to you, then don't do it.
Feel free to ask me for suggestions on a unity ceremony and how to make it your own. I am always happy to share ideas and suggestions with you.
It may have been 7 degrees outside, but it was warm and just delightful in the Howell Opera House.
Adeline and Travis found me on the world wide web and through emails and chats decided to book my services. I was so excited that they chose me to share their words of love and unite them as husband and wife.
The gentlemen wore elegent tuxedo's with tails and the red details. The bridesmaids wore a complimentary shade of red and looked stunning. The flower girl and ring bearers made a grand entrance full of smiles and cuteness. Adeline wore a stunning white beaded dress that suited her perfectly - she was a vision of light and love.
We chose ceremony words that were sweet and loving and showcased their effortless love for each other. They made the choice to write their own vows and once again I could see the love they have for each other. Their written words and promises to each other were carefully put on paper and as they recited those words to each other we all got a little misty eyed to simply be in their presence. I was happy to share a reading titled Love is Friendship Caught Fire by Laura Hendricks and I Love You by Roy Croft. In my closing statement I asked them to take in the moment but to also look into the future to dream of what is yet to come. And with a few more words and a pronouncement of husband and wife they sealed the deal with a kiss!
As with every ceremony my hope is that you enjoyed the time spent with me, that I was able to make your cermeony stress free and relaxing. To you Travis and Adeline I wish you the happiest of happily ever afters - Cheers!
Sometimes you don't need a ceremony and in that case I have just the thing...a simple Justice of the Peace, signing of the license!
The fee begins at $50, I will meet you at a local coffee shop or park or resteraunt where we will simply sign the marriage license, make a quick "I do" and you will be legally wed.
You are required to bring two witnesses over 18 years old with you to sign the license with us.
You will also need to apply for and obtain the marriage license.
So weather your getting married out of the country and want to save the hassle and make it legal here or you simply don't want the fuss, email me and we can make that appointment today.
Anna and Derek were married on December 23, 2016 at Longacre House in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The House is gorgeous with a lovely bring walkway leading to an appropriatley decorated double front door, it was so welcoming.
Once inside a grand staircases greeted me and the reception area was off to one side and just down the hall was the ceremony locaiton.
Anna and Derek wanted an intimate ceremony with just about 65 guest in attendance the atmosphere was warm and cozy and calm.
For the processional they chose to again keep it intimate and simple, with their parents already seated the processional began with their wedding party, two couples and then Anna and Derek made their entrance together...it was breath taking. It was also a very lovely statement, to enter into their marriage together from the very start and equal partners in their wonderful relationship.
I was honored to share their ceremony with them and to hear their guests little gestures of aww and see them wipe a tear of happiness away.
After the ceremony we met upstairs in the bridal suite to sign the license and then the two were off for a few family photos and to have a lovely dinner.
Thank you for choosing me to share your day with, it was such a joy to unite you in marriage - Nichole
This is a picture of downtown Holly, Michigan. It's where I live. The town is literally just like a postcard, cute as a button! It is also just like a hallmark movie, you know the ones where you walk into a shop and the owners greet you with warm smiles and as you walk downtown the kids are smiling, happy to hold open a door for you and the local tavern may even know you by name or the resale clothing store knows your kids sizes.
This is my town and I love it. There are local eateries, shops carrying antiques and repurposed goods, a bread shop and...best of all...a bakery by the name of Cupcakes and Kisses!
I have been visitng the bakery regulary, their carrot cake is by far my favorite! I'm not sure if I like the cake or the from scratch cream cheese frosting the best, but I know I absolutely adore the shop owners and bakers.
I've vistited the shop frequently to perform a quick justice of the peace signing. I like to bring couples to my town, to share with them a little piece of baked good heaven. And, the name is just so fitting.
Well, as luck would have it I recently discovered the shop which is closed on Sunday's actually will rent the space to the public on Sunday's! Yes - you can now rent the shop for your elopement ceremony. You can rent it for an hour to have the ceremony and celebrate with a cupcake or you can rent it for the day for a small gathering.
I am so excited about the opportunity to share this space with you. It is decorated perfectly for a elopement ceremony!
So, now I am happy to say Sunday elopements are happening. Like alway's I will keep it simple. Email or text me and I will help coordinate availability for you, me and the shop - I'll book the shop for us and just like that you can have a private elopement wedding ceremony. Remember to bring the marriage license at least 2 people over 18 years of age to witness and your loving smiles and I'll do the rest.
I am always excited to visit a new venue. Tonight I was at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit Michigan. It was perfection! The venue has the most amazing stained glass site that was the back drop for the ceremony. And the reception room had an amazing view of the Detroit River.
The happy couple Chase and Danielle were quiet and sweet and so in love! It was a pleasure to share a piece of your happiness and to be able to join you as husband and wife. I wish you the most happily ever after!
Seems simple enough, call the courthouse, schedule a quick elopement or justice of the peace ceremony. But, did you know that not all courthouse's provide the service any more, and those that do often have a long waiting list (think months)...Yikes!
Rest assured, I can help! We can schedule your elopement ceremony outside of the courtroom - just pick a local venue, like a resteraunt or click here for suggestions, arrange for two other guests to attend with us as you will need two witnesses to sign the marriage license and just like that you are booked!
The bonus of booking with me is that you are not stuck in a courtroom! There are many great options for your ceremony location. Heck, you can even have an outdoor winter cermony - it only takes about 15 minutes for the entire ceremony and signing of the license.
So, if your ready to elope - just email me and we can get it scheduled!