It's reasonable to have questions. After all, you don't get married every day. Many common questions are answered below but when more details are needed, I am happy to speak personally with you by phone, text or email
SInce 2005, My West Michigan Wedding has successfully provided professional officiant services at reasonable and affordable rates. Serving a large geographic area, and providing different levels of service prevents offering a one-size-fits-all price.
Absolutely! I welcome the chance to meet with couples. There are different ways that we can make this happen. We can meet in person, facetime, Skype or just by phone.
You have total control over the content of your ceremony. And yes, you may write your own wedding vows. I will work with you to personalize the ceremony in a way that represents you and is authentic for you.
Ceremonies usually last about 15 to 20 minutes. Ceremonies will be longer if music, other ceremonial elements or readings are added. They can also be modified to be shorter and still retain the most important content.
Although I feel that finding a community where you can grow spiritually together is helpful, it is not necessary to show membership at any certain place of worship.
No, because it is impractical for modern couples. My West Michigan Wedding offers counseling services if requested. See the Other Services page for details. I am happy to suggest resources for couples wishing to further their understanding about marriage upon request.
I believe we are all at different places in our spiritual journey. A commitment to each other, and an understanding that marriage is a solemn and binding contract is my criteria for joining in marriage.
Yes you are. Michigan law requires that two witnesses age 18 or older must be present for your ceremony. I am not permitted to be one of these witnesses.
No, that is not a problem.
No, and I am happy to help you include them in your ceremony. This day should be meaningful to them as well.
Yes, we can work together in advance of the ceremony to find the best spots for others to be involved.
That depends on your situation. Smaller weddings typically do not require a rehearsal. Larger weddings that involve many people in various responsibilities do benefit from a rehearsal. My West Michigan Wedding offers options tailored to your specific needs. See the Other Services page for details.
A permit is not always required but you don't want to be surprised on your wedding day. It's best to check with local authorities in advance.
You are required to obtain your marriage license from the appropriate county clerk. I am responsible for completing it at your ceremony and returning it to the clerk.
My West Michigan Wedding rejects discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital, family, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or citizenship status. I am for marital commitment, recognized as a civil right by law and I reject barriers to that commitment. Love wins.
Tom F Hamel firstname.lastname@example.org 616-228-5098
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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