What if I told you small weddings are not only still a thing but they are a leading "thing"? That's right. Small weddings, intimate weddings, elopements, whatever title you wish to bestow on your small gathering of important people to support you on your wedding day...it is certainly still happening.
Weddings in 2021 were all over the place, we had moments where we could not host the big weddings in the way we had originally planned and this lead couples to shift their wedding day plans, even their venue, guest list and destinations. While yes, many, many wedding couples held tight to their original plans and simply pushed the date forward waiting until restrictions lifted and they could go ahead as planned, some couples, they just didn't want to wait to begin their married lives. Whichever side of the wait not wait wedding world you ended up on, it's okay! I sincerely hope you loved every aspect of your wedding day.
The number of weddings I have done so far in 2021 has more than doubled what I normally do. In a typical year I officiate around 100 weddings, weddings of all sizes and destinations. This year however, I have officiated over 250 weddings with the majority of those being small weddings right here in Holly. While I don't always know why couples have chosen do marry they way they do, I can tell you, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter why you chose to host a small wedding or to elope to an up north city and simply sign your marriage license to make it legal, let me repeat IT DOES NOT MATTER. What does matter is your joy, your sanity and your peace knowing you made the best wedding plans for you.
I see the small wedding trend pushing forward and continuing to be a wonderful choice for many couples yet to come. There are so many reasons to choose small weddings. Less stress, less price, less time planning and more time living your married lives.
I can tell you that I put the same amount of love and care into a small wedding or signing that I do into the larger weddings. Love will always be at the center of every wedding I officiate.
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
When they contacted me and I saw "Cafe Cortina" I did flips I was so happy. Cafe Cortina is an upscale restaurant in Farmington and has the most beautiful patio, award winning food and superior staff. It is always a pleasure to perform a wedding at Cafe Cortina.
Surrounded by their closest friends and family they shared their own sweet and funny vows and united in marriage to continue their life long friendship.
It was a joy and pleasure to stand with you on your wedding day.
That's right people, if you choose to elope you don't have to do it in secrecy, you don't have to run away without your parents permission...do people still get "permission"?
Anyway, eloping today simply put means to marry quickly with a few guests.
So, if you choose to elope, you can gather your closest friends and or family, pick a date a few days or weeks out and get hitched!
You can email me and we'll set it up at a local restaurant or given the current covid conditions probably outdoors. Eitherway, you're in love and you should be able to elope!
Love stories are my passion