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 as new developments happen.
As of November 15, 2020:
Although the executive orders are no longer in place, there are e still restrictions on gatherings by the Michigan Health Department. Outdoor gatherings do have less risk. Indoor gatherings are no longer allowed for the next 3 weeks and this could get extended. Also, different counties have different restrictions. There is also a statewide mask mandate in place EVEN OUTSIDE. I will always be wearing a mask at events and expect guests to be wearing them. I do understand (especially when we are outside) if the bride and groom do not want to wear their masks during the ceremony and as long as we are spaced away from one another, I am OK with that.
I am willing to perform small ceremonies during this time. Social distancing must be followed and masks must be worn. (See below for options/details.)
With all of this being said – even in homes, I will not do ceremonies with more than 10 people indoors or outdoors for the immediate future.
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. See below on how to get licenses. No county is marrying at the court houses.
Oakland County Clerk Offering an online and mail in option. You will need the application to be notarized. Office itself is by appointment only.
Macomb County Clerk Offering an online option/appointments. 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 appointment only. There is info on their site about applying online. They are offering an appointment system.
Washtenaw County has appointment options.
What happens when things start opening up but large gatherings are still not allowed? We still want to get married!
I will be taking precautions – masks, gloves, hand sanitizer – the whole thing – and we can keep people safe. 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. 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! Note – the garden as of October is beginning to go into winter mode. It can still be used, but it is not in full bloom anymore.
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.