I know this is a very stressful time for everyone and couples who are planning a wedding right now have lots of questions. I wish I had lots of answers for you and could tell you when the right time to have your wedding would be, but unfortunately, no one does. What I will promise though is to keep this page up to date with what is going on with our local county clerk offices and what I can offer during this time. I will try to update this weekly (or as new developments happen.)
As of May 26, 2020:
Currently – the Stay at Home order in Michigan is in place until June 12th – but there we are able to have gatherings of 10 or less.
I am willing to elopements during this time. Only bride, groom, and witnesses (and possibly a couple other people) can be in attendance and social distancing must be followed. (See below for options/details.) I am concerned they will not be allowing large events for a couple of months, so I am not comfortable committing to officiate full ceremonies until the fall.
Some counties have made licenses available. For each county – one of you must live in the county you are applying but you can get married anywhere in Michigan once you get the license.
Oakland County Clerk Offering an online option. You will need the application to be notarized. Office itself is closed.
Macomb County Clerk Offering an online option. You will need the application to be notarized. Please note it can take 2 – 3 WEEKS to process right now. Directions are on their website. Office itself is closed.
Wayne County Clerk is closed. There is info on their site about applying online. .
Washtenaw County is closed and only issuing them in cases of emergency.
What happens when things start opening up but large gatherings are still not allowed? We still want to get married!
I totally understand and am willing to work with you and help you to find a way to do this. At this time, I am unable to perform ceremonies (except for urgent situations) but will be willing to once Governor Whitmer opens up to allow gatherings of 10 or less again. I prefer to find a spot outdoors as it seems like that is safer.
I will be taking precautions – masks, gloves, hand sanitizer – the whole thing – and if you are willing to keep it very small, we can work something out once it is safe to. I have a small garden in my backyard in Ferndale that was created in part to do weddings in. I was even able to do one before all gatherings were shut down and here are pictures of it. (Once it is warmer, there will be plants in there.) My fee for small elopements is $150 and if you want to use the garden it is just $50 additional. Go to my Contact page and send me a message for further info!
And since this is still your wedding day, you still want pictures, right? Even if you are going to be doing that big celebration in the future. If so, check out my fellow wedding pro photographer Ashley from Smitten Mitten Photography. She has put together some smaller packages for elopements.