As "wedding ministers" or "wedding officiants" in the Detroit Metro, Ann Arbor and Lansing areas of Michigan, we spend a lot of time helping each couple plan their wedding ceremony. A "good" or "great" wedding ceremony does not happen by itself. It takes a lot of planning and coordination. But there is a big difference in everything between "price" and "cost." If the ceremony gets messed up, the "cost" will be much greater than whatever "price" you paid the officiant. It will cost you less to have a professional, someone you can count on to conduct it properly. We have several varieties of services available. If a couple only wants a basic ceremony, at any location in the greater Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing areas, our fee is $400. That includes unlimited emails and telephone conversations, a personal meeting prior to either reserving the date or prior to the wedding to cover the basics of what they want included in the ceremony, all mileage costs (within 60 miles) and filing of the marriage license. If a couple schedules a ceremony-only service before 1:00 p.m. on the weekend, or Tuesday through Thursday, the charge is only $300.00 which includes emails and phone calls.
The majority of couples (over 85%) have wanted a really special wedding ceremony.
They have chosen to have a celebration of love that is customized and personalized just for them. In order to do that we need to meet personally with them for one hour at a restaurant. We will go over the 4 page questionnaire and a variety of choices of different elements of the ceremony. Then we will write up a completely customized wedding "script" for them, with all of their special choices included. Then we will email or mail the ceremony and set up a second meeting to review the final script. This all included in our PERSONAL SERVICE Package for $450. Additionally, we will direct the rehearsal and walk everyone through their parts of the ceremony. As a result, their wedding ceremony will be exactly what they want. As well, this includes all mileage costs and filing of the marriage license. The price for this FULL SERVICE package is $550. If the couple wishes to have us meet a second time to finalize the ceremony, there are additional charges.
There are very few "wedding officiants" in the Detroit Metro and Lansing areas who do all this for the couples they marry. And considering the high cost of most weddings, I do not know why couples don't demand this level of professionalism. How else can you know what is going to be said in your ceremony, how everyone will remember your wedding? Or if the "wedding officiant" is just going to read out of a ceremony book, with your names filling in the blanks? If I am already booked for your date and time, my wife and assistant, Rev. Donna Goodrum, or one of our associates might be available to officiate your ceremony. We would assist you in creating your own personalized ceremony with all the service options, and then direct our associate in performing the rehearsal and ceremony.
We also offer (but do not require) Marriage Preparation counseling with the Prepare/Enrich Inventory, one of the top three pre-marriage programs in the country. For more information, please go to the Marriage License page of our website.
A summer wedding at the farm house at Wyndgate.
Donna Leading a Family Medallion Unity Service in Holly Michigan.
Home of the Garden Park, Holly Michigan