How to host a simple wedding ceremony in the winter
Winter in Michigan is very unpredictable, weather wise that is. It could be snowing and freezing temps one and sunny and 60 the next, no joke! Remember Christmas last year, I was sun bathing on my deck! Knowing that the weather is unpredictable, how the heck to do you plan for a simple easy wedding ceremony without using a free outside park? I've got a plan for you!
I offer a simple wedding service called a SIGNING, the fee is $100, we meet up and complete signing your marriage license, I offer you a very simple exchange of vows, you kiss and you are married!
This signing service can be done at a local restaurant, like Andiamo in Fenton, host a lovely dinner for your people, or just bring along two witnesses and right at the table, we sign and I ask you "having come here today to get married, do you promise to love each other for all of your days together?" you say "we do" and then, I pronounce you as married!
Dinner not your style? No problem! Let's rent one of the rooms at the Fenton Community Center, during the week they are very reasonable (think under $100 for an hour). Here we can perform a short sweet ceremony for you. My elopement ceremony is $250 and includes a great sweet wedding ceremony and signing your license with you and up to 20 guests.
If you live locally, Clarkston, Fenton, Holly, Grand Blanc we can even utilize your home, that's right, I'll come to you and perform your wedding in the convince of your own home. If your are not local....think airbnb!
We can make it happen, you don't have to break the bank to get married in Michigan in the winter! Email me and let's figure this out.
Nichole, wedding Officiant
Small wedding's in the fall...
Michigan's weather can be tricky anytime of the year, but fall is very unpredictable. To plan a small wedding for the fall takes a little more care. Here are my suggestions for a successful fall small wedding.
I still like to keep it simple and cost effective. Using local parks is a great idea as long as you think ahead and prepare. Parks like Seven Lakes in Holly have Pavilions and Picnic Shelters we can use - even if just as a back up plan. Parks like Bush Park and Millpond Park offer Gazebo's you can rent, giving some protection from inclement weather. If you take the extra step to rent the Gazebo you can even add a few decorations to make it perfect for you.
Keep in mind the small wedding ceremonies are only 15 minutes long so you really don't need to rent chairs.
And food - well you can make a reservation at a local restaurant for afterwards or even bring catering to your home to again, keep the cost down.
The other option is to rent a small venue like the Fenton Community center or The Laundry Room in Fenton, these spaces are affordable options for indoor settings.
As we move into fall and winter weather remember your wedding can still be stress free and low cost!
Link to Venue Options/Suggestions
We are in the second week of July 2021 and this is the heat of the wedding season for most wedding professionals. This year I am performing more than double my usual amount of ceremonies due to delays from last year and the beginning of this year and hopefully because couples love my style and what I have to offer.
So what are weddings looking like right now? I would say everything, they look like big, glorious celebrations and intimate, sweet little celebrations. The beauty of this summer's wedding's is that couples have really chosen what suites them best and are going for it! So I've seen all sorts of different ceremonies and locations and traditions and each one of them perfectly suited to their couple.
If you are thinking, gosh I just want to get married, then do it! Email me and let's talk about the options and what sounds the best for you.
Let's start with the facts -
Getting married in Michigan is not a difficult task if you are working with me, Nichole Bertucci, A Simple I Do, Wedding Officiant. I will walk you through the process of applying for your license as well as helping you find a location and then date and time so we can get you married.
I try to keep things simple and stress free! You can wear a wedding dress or jeans, you can exchange rings or not, you can write your own vows or use my modern standard wedding vows. Even as we keep your wedding day simple and easy we still have options to incorporate
Battle Alley, Downtown Holly Mi
Battle Alley, downtown Holly MI is located in the heart of downtown Holly, it is a side street lined with shops and bistro lights and tables and chairs set out for public use. The murals and atmosphere lend itself to a quaint setting for your signing service. This is an all outdoor space, so be prepared for the elements or to duck into the local coffee shop or bakery if needed. I love this space for the hallmark movie feels and the pictures!
Waterworks Park, Holly MI
Just outside of downtown Holly is a slip of land called Waterworks Park, its a great drop in site for kayakers but it also has this great natural stream side space for a small ceremony or signing. This is an outdoor only location, be prepared for the elements if necessary. I love this park for the natural backdrop it provides.
Bush Park, Fenton MI
Just outside of downtown Fenton is Bush Park, if you enter off of Leroy Road you land right at the Gazebo which is available to rent or we can take a walk and find the perfect spot near the stream or willow trees for your intimate ceremony or signing. I love this park for the many options of spaces it provides and having a covered gazebo in case of rain certainly is nice. Remember this is a public park so there will be people, dogs and others milling about and enjoying the scene.
If you are looking for an indoor space for your intimate wedding or signing I suggest renting one of the many rooms at the Fenton Community Center. May I also suggest a weekday booking with them as you can get a room for an hour for around $50! Cost efficient and pretty!
Yes you can get married as soon as today - or this week - or next! Getting married in Michigan simply requires you to apply for and obtain your marriage license from your local county clerk's office. Check your county clerk's website for their specific marriage license application directions.
Whether you've rescheduled your wedding and are ready to just get hitched! Or maybe you've been married before and would like a simpler, stress free wedding this time, or, maybe small, sweet and simple is your ideal way to get married, whatever you reason for choosing a intimate wedding you can do it today.
Besides your marriage license you will need to bring two witnesses over 18 years old with you as they will serve as your witnesses and then sign the marriage license with us.
Remember, your marriage license is only valid for 30 days, so email me to set your date for marriage today.
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