How to have the wedding of your dreams on any budget
Let's face it wedding's can be expensive. Planning a wedding can be stressful. Sometimes you would rather just elope! Let me tell you there are options!
All of these kinds of weddings really mean the same thing. It is a smaller wedding where the focus of your wedding is on the two of you getting married. Keeping the guest list short, it can be the two of you and your two witnesses or maybe just your closest community of people.
Planning a micro or intimate wedding is meant to be super easy and stress free. Here is how to plan your perfect small wedding:
1- Decide on how many people you want in attendance.
I say anything under 20 is totally doable on a small wedding budget. Once you breach 20 you need to look at larger venues and dining costs really start to rise.
2-Decide if you will do a ceremony only or ceremony and some sort of celebration
There are a lot of options when it comes to celebrating your marriage. You can keep it simple and bring along some cupcakes and champagne. You can decide to celebrate over brunch, lunch or dinner. Or you can keep it super simple and do a ceremony only. There are a lot of options for dining, it just depends on your budget.
Now that you know how many people and what you will be doing you can decide on a location. The simplest is a free park to perform the ceremony - no chairs, no decor just show and get hitched - kinda like a pop up wedding. You can amp up the romance and reserve a gazebo at a local park. Or if your celebrating with food many restaurants offer a back room or banquet room to use for a simple 10 minute ceremony for free as long as your dining with them.
4- Pick a date
You've got your guest list, your location and what you will (or will not be serving) down for your intimate wedding. Now let's talk dates. If you choose a weekday (Monday through Wednesday) chances are very high that you can have your pick of any wedding venue in the state of Michigan - not many couples are getting married on Tuesday at noon - and with a small guest list - you can totally ask people to take a afternoon off of work to celebrate you!
That's it guys, it's really simple to plan a intimate, micro wedding or elopement in Michigan. Check out my other pages for venue and vendor suggestions.
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The Holly Hotel in downtown Holly offers an amazing elopement package!
For $500 you are provided:
-the space for your ceremony
-my services as your officiant
-bouquet and boutonnière
-dinner for two with champagne or wine
*you can add dinner for any additional guests
The Holly Hotel is a upscale restaurant rich in history and the setting is warm and romantic. Kate is their event coordinator and she is such a kind person, sure to help you with all the details of your day.
Simply call Holly Hotel to reserve your date and they will hire me and I'll be in touch with you shortly to talk through the details of the ceremony and the day.
Now, can we talk about her dress and floral crown! I mean look at her joy - you can see it! Such a beautiful couple, inside and out.
While Michigan is suffering the coldest few days ever, think -42...yeah that's cold. But it was warm and cozy inside Cupcakes and Kisses in Downtown Holly!
I met a lovely couple inside where we grabbed a coffee and sweet treat and performed our Justice of the Peace Signing Ceremony. With their son by their side and two witnesses looking on they were joined in marriage!
All Saints Chapel in Howell Michigan Wedding Elopement
Rachel and Jeremy were such kind and warm people, it was a joy to spend time with them. They chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony at the All Saints Chapel in Howell.
First let me tell you a bit about this chapel. It is originally built in the 1800's and it is beautiful on the inside and out. The wonderful coordinator was great to work with. She assisted with streaming the music, getting the processional in order and sending people down the aisle. Not every wedding venue offers a coordinator, so this was a great service to have, it truly makes the day so much easier to enjoy.
Jeremy and Rachel chose to keep the ceremony simple and sweet. They exchanged wedding vows and rings and I was able to intertwine their love story into the wedding ceremony. They have been together for 10 years and January 11th they made it legal, surrounded by loving family and friends their love was beautiful to see.
Sweet and Simple Elopement "How to"
You used to think an elopement meant traveling to a far off place in secret to marry your soul mate. However, today elopements can be done right near your home town and with you loving tribe standing right with you. The idea of an elopement is a simple sweet wedding ceremony. Simple and sweet...think around 10 guests, or less, the focus is on the two of you getting hitched and that's it.
There are so many reasons couples chose an elopement ceremony and there is simply no wrong answer. I mean the entire reason I became an Ordained Officiant is so that every couple could have the marriage of their dreams so they could get married however they wanted.
January 10, 2019 Karly and Derek got married! They chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor surrounded by their closest family and friends.
The Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor offers a few private rooms to choose from. Karly and Derek were upstairs in the loft area. The table was set perfectly and the staff was amazing. They saw to every detail, their service was impeccable.
It was time to begin the elopement ceremony. Karly and Derek chose to take the stairs to make a quiet and loving entrance, they stood at the head of the table where their family was seated. I stood off to the side to allow for pictures without me in them.
We shared a sweet elopement ceremony that spoke words of love and the meaning of a wedding ceremony, how a wedding ceremony is a celebration of journey and a highlight of your love. They shared simple vows with each other and exchanged rings. And of course I was able to pronounce them husband and wife and they celebrated with a kiss. After the elopement ceremony they shared celebratory hugs with family and we ended my time with them by signing the marriage license (had to make it legal).
Karly wore a beautiful flower crown and long burgundy dress, it was perfect for her. Derek wore a suit that fit him perfectly. Karly had a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Their intimate wedding ceremony and celebration was perfect for them. It was such a wonderful time and I am excited to have shared this moment with them.
My friends over at Vision Photo are offering an exclusive photo package for your elopement ceremony! This photography package from Vision Photo is the perfect opportunity to capture your elopement ceremony and even add on some family portraits.
Flowers add that special romantic touch to your wedding day and your elopement ceremony is no different. A simple courage or bouquet and boutonniere can spice up the day and make you picture perfect and The Flower Alley in Novi has just what you need!
10 Years as a wedding officiant has lead me to elopements!