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Simple, easy marriage in Michigan

Weekday, evening & weekend appointments available.

Elopement package designed for couples who desire to be legally wed in a beautifully prepared, private setting.

Two legal witnesses, age 18 or older, in attendance. Witnesses can be provided for couples who prefer a “Private Marriage”.

Your appointment is exclusively for your marriage, which takes place in a respectful style,

without the activity of courthouse proceedings or public locations.

A specific time-frame is reserved. No waiting for an opening in the schedule/docket at the courthouse.

Private parking at the door.  Plymouth Rd. east of US-23, west of M-14, N.E. Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the Village of Dixboro.

“2018 Short-notice Elopement”

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 Marriage takes place in the parlor, at the antique fireplace

“Elope Michigan, short-notice marriage license legalization”

is designed, and priced, for couples who desire an intimate and stress-free, marriage.

Couples sometimes have plans for a wedding in the future, but prefer to have the marriage license legalized before the wedding takes place due to health insurance coverage, citizenship/fiance visa, real estate property purchases or religious considerations. Other couples simply prefer the convenient and stress-free opportunity to elope. You are welcome to arrive dressed casually, or formally.

CURRENT INFORMATION:

Q – How do we get our Michigan marriage license?

A – In Michigan, a marriage license is issued at your County Clerk’s office. It is a simple process, for a small fee. Additional details and links to many County Clerk’s offices are on our website page titled “Marriage License”. You must arrive with a valid, Michigan marriage license for any portion of services to take place.

Q – Do we need witnesses?

A – Yes. Two, legal (18 or older with ID) witnesses must sign on your marriage license

Two, legal witnesses may be available for couples who desire a private marriage. Arrangements must be made at the time of payment, and is an additional $50. fee.

Q – When do we need to get our marriage license? Does it expire?

A – Yes. Your marriage license is issued with a specific expiration date noted  (approx. 30 days). Coordinate the timing of your appointment to be married with your marriage license application, and expiration date (shown at the top of your license). When you apply for your license it will be issued in 3 days, or you can request an expedited license and have it issued on the same day (for a small, additional fee).

Q – Do I need to find a location to be married?

A – No. At Elope Michigan my private, historic location is included in your package fee, along with Marriage Officiant services. You and your witnesses will be welcomed into the beautifully decorated Traditional, Vintage Parlor (as shown in photos here on our website), with your marriage being the only focus.

Q – Do I need to make an appointment to be married at your location?

A – Yes. Providing a setting that is private, without the intrusion of drop-ins, is how the personal and legal commitment couples are making to one another is honored. Your marriage is approached in a dignified style by scheduling couples arrival and departure by appointment, creating a lovely, private environment for couples to be married. When you are here to be married you will appreciate that level of privacy. Couples value the meaningfulness of the moment when they are pronounced a legally married couple. I wouldn’t expect you to have any less, and I wouldn’t provide marriage services any other way.

Q – How far in advance do we schedule a short-notice elopement?

A – The typical time-frame that an appointment is scheduled is one-two days or one-two months in advance. I do not claim to provide “same day service”, or suggest that you wait until the day you want to be married to request services, however you are welcome to contact me regarding availability for “same-day-service”. Call and I’ll be happy to coordinate a date and time.

Q – What will take place during our elopement appointment?
Upon your arrival, you will present your valid Michigan marriage license and I.D. for each person who will sign the marriage license (the couple to be married and witnesses must have ID).
Prior to the signing of all copies of the marriage license a “civil marriage service” takes place, with legal question and reply,
“Are you here today freely and willingly entering into this marriage with the love that you share for each other”, answered by”I Do” or “I am”.
Couples may desire to share a ring, “With this ring I thee wed”, however it is not required.
After verbal acknowledgment of your desire to marry (and ring exchange, if desired) you are pronounced a married couple.
Last, your “Marriage License Solemnization”, the signing/legalization of your Michigan marriage license completes your legal marriage.
Your civil marriage, license legalization/solemnization takes place comfortably within an approx. 30 minute time-frame.
Q – We just want a quick signing of our marriage license, nothing fancy … can you do that?

A – Yes. That’s exactly what takes place with my “short-notice elopement, marriage license legalization package”. You are welcome to arrive in casual, or dress attire. Your witnesses are welcome to take photos or simply be legally married without photos, which is very typical when couples are having a destination wedding, or wedding at a later date.

While your marriage is approached with joy and happiness (and sometimes spontaneity), the legalities must be properly completed. Your marriage license is a legal document that must be completed specifically as the court requests. Even with a “quick and casual” marriage, the legalization of all copies (2 or 3 depending on your Michigan county) of your marriage license must be properly completed and signed by five people: the couple to be married, Michigan Marriage Officiant and two legal witnesses age 18 or older, with proper I.D. in order to be returned to, accepted by, and filed with, the court  … the final step to completing your legal marriage.

A legal marriage affects many aspects of a couple’s life, over and above a commitment to each other; health/life insurance, citizenship, parental rights and property rights/ownership are a few. The proper execution and processing of your license, the legal document that conveys these benefits is key.

That said, the only variable with couples who are married at Elope Michigan is their preferred attire.

I offer one package, as described on this site:

 • specific appointment time for services,

• a private setting, 

 • extended hours & days of availability, 

• solemnization/legalization services provided.

FEE: $200.

Note that for an additional $50. fee, I can arrange for my witnesses to be provided for couples who desire a “Private Marriage”.

 

Q – Another person said we can meet them anywhere, bring a “cash donation” and they will sign our license. One person even offers their services for “free” …

When you are ready to be married, and have taken the time to apply for and receive your marriage license (legal documents that are valid for a specific window of time), you want to plan for a date, time and location to be married that is conducive to the proper legalization of your marriage license. With services offered for a “cash donation” or “free”, at coffee shops, bars and other “offices”  – simply put, you get what you pay (or don’t pay) for. Why would someone offer you a professional service for “free”? How much do they expect you will “tip” them? Why would a fee be called a “cash donation”? What if they don’t show up?

When you reserve an appointment to be married at Elope Michigan, you secure your reservation online with credit, debit or PayPal and immediately receive a receipt and confirmation that your marriage will take place at the date and time reserved. When you make a plan to meet in a public location and bring cash/”donation”, or meet at an office for “free” services, you do not have an agreement. Your Officiant does not have a contractual obligation to you, or any obligation to arrive. I offer a reliable and professional service, and value and respect your time. Couples who have made a plan and prepared to be married on a specific date and time want a dependable and professional Officiant in a setting that is respectful of their marriage.

Elope Michigan is a long-term, business, offering professional services. As of December 2017, over 4800 marriages, have been performed at this location.

Q – Can our children be our witnesses?

A – Yes, if they are 18 or older. A legal witnesses can be related, however they must be of legal age as required by the court, with proper identification (passport, drivers license, state ID).

Q – Can I reserve a date and time, but get a refund or reschedule if the date/time doesn’t suit my fiance or witnesses?

A – No. Prior to reserving a date and time on our calendar, confirm that schedules are open for all persons to arrive. When accepting payment the location and Officiant, are secured for the date and time reserved. As a very affordable, short-notice service refunds/reschedules are not an option.

Q – Do you have packages for more than 4 people in attendance?

A – No. Couples arrive with two legal (age 18 or older) witnesses on-site, only. “2018 Short-notice Elopement ~ Michigan Marriage License Legalization & I Do!” as described above and detailed below, is the only offering at this time. A “Teacup Wedding” in the vintage chapel with additional guests and traditional, religious, or custom marriage ceremony is not offered at this time.

A  maximum of four people are on-site, which includes in vehicles: the couple to be married and two adults, all of whom will sign the marriage license, along with our Officiant. The capacity is 4. No additional adults or children/infants of any age may arrive.

 

Q – Do we have custom ceremony and vows?
A – No. Custom vows and/or ceremony are not part of the marriage license legalization service. Services are designed for couples who do not desire a traditional, religious or custom marriage ceremony and vows. Additional components that one may include when planning a “wedding” are not part of the elopement service. Services are provided specifically as detailed here, and are priced accordingly.
Q – What will take place during our elopement appointment?
Upon your arrival, you will present your valid Michigan marriage license and I.D. for each person who will sign the marriage license (the couple to be married and witnesses must have ID).
Prior to the signing of all copies of the marriage license a “civil marriage service” takes place, with legal question and reply,
“Are you here today freely and willingly entering into this marriage with the love that you share for each other”, answered by”I Do” or “I am”.
Couples may desire to share a ring, “With this ring I thee wed”, however it is not required.
After verbal acknowledgment of your desire to marry (and ring exchange, if desired) you are pronounced a married couple.
Last, your “Marriage License Solemnization”, the signing/legalization of your Michigan marriage license completes your legal marriage.
Your civil marriage, license legalization/solemnization takes place comfortably within an approx. 30 minute time-frame.

Q – Can we arrive early and wait at your location until our scheduled appointment time?

A – No. When you schedule your reservation, an “arrival time” is confirmed. With respect to the privacy of other couples being married before and after you, the parking area and setting is not available to you before or after your reserved time-frame. If you arrive early there are several lovely opportunities for you to enjoy your time right here at the town square of our quaint village, 3 doors (1-2 minutes) west of our building. Have a cup of coffee, tea or light meal at “MoonWinks Cafe”, next door to “Button’s Antique Shop” (which has been in business for many decades), take photos on the town square, which is the playground of the one-room school house that still stands as a reminder of our historic “Village of Dixboro”, or cross the walk to “The Dixboro General Store” where you can find anything from old-fashioned candy, candles, seasonal decor, teddy bears to high-quality home furnishings. All this, and more, is just 3 doors/1-2 minutes west of the building. If you have the time and desire, you may want to visit the UM Botanical Gardens that is located around the corner, just minutes from our location (see “UM, Mathieu Botanical Gardens”).

Q – I see photos of couples dressed in casual and formal clothing. Do you have a changing room for dressing? 

A – No. Couples arrive together, completely prepared and dressed for their services to begin (with marriage license packet from county clerk, and ID for everyone). Short-notice elopements are not a wedding; they are not priced, or timed, to provide the accommodations that one may expect when planning and arranging a wedding, such as a bridal suite for dressing/hair/make-up/seclusion. Arrive as you wish to be married, as services will begin upon your arrival. A change of clothing upon arrival, or prior to your departure is not an option.

Q – Can we take photos?

A – Yes. The couples whose photos you see on our website brought a camera (in most cases their phone camera) by their witnesses. As noted above, you may take photos throughout your reserved time-frame, within the setting. Outdoor photography here at my location is not an option. If couples want to take photos outdoors you may want to stop at the “Village Greens” park at the light on Plymouth Rd & Church St, across from the Dixboro General Store. There are also many public parks in the Ann Arbor area.

Q – Is Teacup Wedding in the Vintage Chapel or Garden Arbor accepting bookings?

A – Not at this time. Only “Elope Michigan, short-notice elopement and marriage license legalization” services in the “Traditional, Vintage Parlor” (as shown in photos here on our website) are available.

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Do the services as offered suit your needs?      

If so, please call to coordinate a date & time!

If not, please note with all due respect that I do not negotiate any portion of my offering:

additional guests, children in attendance, fee, are specifically as stated.

It’s very simple to schedule an appointment to be married:

  1. determine the possible dates/timeframe that you and you fiance are witnesses are all available
  2. call to coordinate a specific date & time
  3. be prepared to secure your appointment via my website while speaking by phone
  4. payment of $200. in full, must be made with credit/debit or paypal card (cash/check is not accepted) 
  5. a date/time is not held until payment is received    734-604-8987
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