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.