A Private Marriage

Couple only arriving, with my witnesses provided

Private marriage ceremony in Michigan

 √ Get marriage license at the County Clerk’s office

√ Arrive at reserved time with marriage license and I.D.

√ Enjoy your intimate and stress-free marriage!

Get married in Michigan without witnesses

A few of the many reasons that couples prefer a private marriage:

• You prefer to share the intimate moment of your legal marriage with each other, sharing the news with family & friends at a later date.

• A wedding will be taking place in the future, but for insurance, citizenship/fiance visa or religious considerations, a private legal marriage is desired sooner … “private” to avoid diminishing the festivities of the future wedding and celebration.

• Some of the people that you feel close to and p to be in attendance cannot be present, therefore including anyone, results in excluding others.refer • The dynamics of family and/or friends in attendance is not desired.

• A “destination” wedding is planned, but having a marriage legally solemnized in another state or country means that your marriage license, legal documents that entitle a married couple to many legal benefits, are not easily accessed, or possibly not acceptable.

• You prefer to have your marriage license issued, filed and accessible here in Michigan, at your local County Clerk’s office.

• You prefer that  family and/or friends do not sign as legal witnesses, allowing personal information, as documented on the marriage license, to remain “personal”; such as: age, number of previous marriages, country of birth, identity of parents, etc.

As many couples have noted, traveling to a near-by state where witnesses are not required means:

1) You must arrive at the appropriate court during weekday, business hours with required documents to obtain a marriage license.

2) A discrepancy in documents can result in inability to receive a marriage license and getting married (examples shared with us: “hospital” birth certificate rather than “state” issued birth certificate, middle initial on some ID but not others, appropriate/acceptable seal on a birth certificate, requirement for divorce decrees if previously married).

3) You incur additional expense of time and travel

4) You’re relying on the Officiant to be properly authorized to perform marriages that are recognized in Michigan

5) You’re extending full faith that the Officiant will properly file your marriage license with the court in the jurisdiction in which you were married

… and again, having a marriage legally solemnized in another state means that your marriage license is not as easily accessible.

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For additional information click on “Services & Fees”

To schedule an appointment call: 734-604-8987 

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