Services & Fees

Simple, short-notice 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.

with (only) two legal witnesses, age 18 or older, in attendance.

Your appointment is reserved exclusively for your marriage service, which takes place in a respectful style, without the activity of courthouse proceedings or public locations.

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.

Upcoming dates of interest:

02-02-2020 Sunday, February 2, 2020,

is the last Palindrome Day until December 2, 2021, 12-02-2021

(sequence that reads the same backward as forward) 


Friday, February 14, 2020


Reservations are limited and will fill quickly. 


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Elope Michigan, short-notice service is designed and priced for couples who desire an intimate and stress-free marriage license legalization. It is not a wedding venue.

Couples may 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 purchases or religious considerations. Other couples simply prefer the convenient and stress-free opportunity to elope.



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

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 – 2 – 30 days 

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 your Marriage Officiant will ask the couple to confirm their desire to marry. “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.
You will then be 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.

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 may be on-site, which includes in vehicles: the couple to be married and two witnesses age 18 or older – all of whom will sign the marriage license, along with our Officiant. The capacity is 4. No additional adults, children or infants of any age may arrive. With respect to allergies and sensitivities, pets are not welcome. Thank you.

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

A – No.  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. When you schedule your reservation, an “arrival time” is confirmed.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.

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!

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

  1. determine the possible dates/timeframe that you, your fiance are two 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 in advance, not upon arrival,with credit/debit or PayPal card (cash/check is not accepted
  5. a date/time is not held until payment is received   


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