Here is some additional information and Frequently Asked Questions:
Are you comfortable marrying people that are not religious?
Yes, I am. I am a Christian myself, but understand people have many different views and beliefs. I am not here to judge you, but oversee your commitment to each other. Legally, you must in some way state you are taking each other as spouse. Other than that, we can include or not include whatever you want.
Do you write our ceremony? Can we write our own vows?
After the contract is signed and deposit made, I provide you with some examples. You can pick and choose pieces and build the ceremony from that. If you want a completely personalized ceremony, I can do that too. I would send you a questionnaire to get some personal info about you two. We can work together to make your ceremony special.
And yes, you can write your own vows. I also can provide examples of vows that are less traditional, or of course we can use the traditional ones. I can feed you the vows or provide them to you on cardstock for you to read during the ceremony.
What do you wear when performing ceremonies?
I am very flexible with this. I can wear a dark suit, a simple dress, a minister robe or even jeans if you are having a casual backyard type of wedding. This is something that we can discuss during our consultation.
Are you an ordained minister?
Yes, I am an ordained minister and it is legal for me to perform marriage services in Michigan.
Are you comfortable marrying same-sex couples?
Yes!! I am excited that it is now legal for all couples to be married.
Will you send in our marriage license?
Yes, as the officiant of your wedding, I must be the one to send in the license. You and your future spouse must apply for the license and get the paperwork to me either at the rehearsal or the day of the wedding. I will get the appropriate signatures from your 2 witnesses and then provide you with your copy, and mail in the copies to the county. Here is information about getting your Michigan marriage license.
How much is it to book your services?
To reserve your date, I will need a non-refundable deposit of $75. The balance of your fee will be paid 2 weeks prior the event. I can take PayPal, Credit Cards, check or cash. You will also need to sign a contract. Please note: I do not hold dates unless the contract is signed and deposit paid. If I get an inquiry for the same date, I give the first inquiry a courtesy of 24 hours to book. After that, I will let the next in line know I am available.
What time do you arrive? Do you stay for the reception?
I will arrive 1/2 hour before the ceremony. I will stay for a short time after if you need me to for pictures. Depending on my schedule, I may be able to stay for the reception. I just need to know ahead of time. However, if you need me to stay at your reception for a blessing before the meal, that must arranged in advance so my schedule is cleared.
Do you require premarital counseling?
No, but always make sure you are making this commitment with both eyes wide open. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to ask me about regarding being married, I can listen and share advice from having gone through a divorce myself and being remarried and in a very healthy relationship. And I have several contacts who are in the counseling field as resources.
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