Keep in mind – hiring a quality Minister or Officiant, keeps your ceremony and day running smoothly. And a great performance is as important as the perfect words!
So look around and see what works best for you both!
Fair and great question with full and up-front disclosure. You won’t find that anywhere else. There is almost always a ‘but’ or ‘except’. It is my hope that price is not the only criteria you are using to make a choice. But fee questions are important and since I have only worked about a dozen weddings where ‘price was no object’, lets discuss! Budgets are important and with my package pricing examples, once you have chosen that package there will be no surprises. You will know what is included, and no ‘surprise’ extra fees!
I do prefer to quote for each wedding, but these package samples will provide you with that initial information.
Not everyone’s needs are the same, and I have included a few sample offerings to give you some idea of what is available and the associated fees. Although I do not charge mileage, a wedding in the hills of Tennessee is going to be a bit more than one here in lower Michigan. The packages shown are what is available within 2 hours of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Locations further than this that include a separate-day event (like a rehearsal), will likely also require a hotel room too. Again, please request a quote!
Which ceremony choice is best for you? What is most appropriate too for the size and complexity of the event you are planning? I want you to have exactly what is right for your wedding, so my ceremony offerings come with different features and levels of support.
7-days a week/based on availability “I just want to be married” – no ceremony
Courthouse can’t get to you today – this week? Can’t set an appointment or want to mess with the judge? This basic and legal choice has become very popular. I will meet you at an agreed-upon location in central Genesee County, at the date and time requested. This is a wonderful alternative to going to the courthouse and waiting all day to get married. Works well for couples who want to be legal and/or may also be planning a larger event at another date/time. You apply for the license and bring to me the day-of. I will legalize and then file as I am legally required to do.
Genesee and Saginaw Co. I do offer Ann Arbor, Howell/Hartland, Clarkston/Auburn Hills, Bay City/Midland – they are slightly higher. Mon-Thurs – based on availability. Fri-Sun – limited availability, but if you need weekends and your time is flexible we can fit you in – even last minute!
This is a very basic elopement package – many call it ‘short and sweet’ ceremony. About 5-7 minutes of just enough to say those special words, and then “I do”. This too is an alternative to the courthouse and having to mess with a judge and their schedule - a very good choice! Many counties do not set appointments for courthouse weddings, so this is perfect if you cannot afford a whole day-off from work. Nice ceremony without religious content or dedicated theme. When advance notice/time allows, I can offer a choice of vows too!
Available weekdays Mon-Thurs until 2pm – limited locations. Witnesses – I may be able to provide dependent on location, time or date. Phone consultation meeting only. Locations - parks, your home or office. This is limited to four guests/witnesses. Genesee or S. Saginaw Co.
Everything the ‘Alternate Courthouse’ ceremony provides, but more! I offer an in-depth phone interview to determine all your requirements, and also the ‘theme’ of the ceremony (religious, non-religious or other). Basic choices for vows and readings too! I will provide the location in select towns, or you can choose your favorite spot. Dependent on time/location, is how many guests you may have attend. For locations I provide with my fee, the limit is generally 6-10 guests to avoid extra permits and permissions. Please inquire for your location – limit of 10 guests/$275. Limit of 25 guests/$375 with more available choices. Fee is also based on time, day and location too. $375 also includes a same-day ‘pre-instructional’ prior to the wedding. Ceremony length averages 10-12 minutes. Can you say Frankenmuth?! Available in many Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Genesee, and Livingston and Washtenaw county locations. Quotes available!
Basic Plus with ceremony planning assistance, extra items like a Unity candle or similar, and extra choices for both readings and vows. These are more appropriate if you have about 20 - 75 guests. Personalized choices to make this ceremony your own. A more formal/detailed mini-rehearsal included approx. 1 hour prior to your wedding. Other rehearsal choices are available. There is also an in-depth meeting to cover all the aspects of your wedding (Skype or in my area). Ceremony length averages about 15 minutes. Limited days/times of availability. Please request a quote for this service.
Hand built by the couple with my help and direction. In-depth personal planning meeting to cover all your choices and optional elements. I want to meet with you both to discover your love story! Couple is in complete control and will see and approve of every word for your ceremony. I will write and perform a professional 1-hour rehearsal within a week of your wedding. Rehearsals are important….don’t let anyone tell you they are not. And of course as with every wedding ceremony, you get my award-winning performance too! Ceremony length is based on the choices couples make – and that alone. The average time based on couples recent choices, is about 20 minutes – plus all the formal entries. Some longer….some shorter. But fully in your control! Also, as an option - I also offer my services as a Catholic Missionary to provide a themed and tasteful option to a wedding mass in your home Parish. Same quality service but with a Catholic theme. About 20-25 minutes.
Perfect for a Sunday wedding, and available anytime Monday-Thursday. Not available for Friday-Saturday weddings after 2pm, or for Friday-Saturday prime-time rehearsals. Within 75 miles of Frankenmuth, MI.
Chosen by more than 90% of our couples – year-to-year – our most popular package!
(High-service option. Catholic services too! Only package available in remote locations)
A ceremony so meticulously crafted to provide an experience like no other. Actually, this level of quality and service is not available with anyone else in Michigan. With your assistance, I will start with that perfect planning session of about 2+ hours. The result, will be that I will help you to create the perfect ceremony that tells about your love….your relationship….and your commitment to each other! I reserve your entire wedding day – no other ceremonies are performed, so that I’m available to make sure that you are the focus, and the only focus of that day! Yes, this comes with everything the Personalized Package does, but with me doing all the heavy lifting on the ceremony! A more intense planning session, and as much time as desired for your rehearsal (as directed by your venue too). And what else could we possibly include? How about extra assistance at your rehearsal and day-of event. Did you hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator? Always suggested, but we provide a ‘wedding planner’ level of support for your ceremony. Someone to make sure the processional and recessional releases are timed, support for guests during the ceremony, and more important – support for the bride before she enters the aisle when no one else is around to help. Someone to pin boutonnières or find corsages – yes! Set-up of special elements – yes! So much more that lets discuss specifics so I can quit typing now! Oh, and if you desire, I will write a specific blessing for your reception dinner and provide memorials/honoring during that blessing. And yes, my award-winning performance that your guests will be talking about all evening! The perfect package for the perfect wedding!
* PRICING ON THIS SECTION ARE FOR SAMPLE PACKAGES SHOWN, AND THAT OFFER OUR MOST-REQUESTED SERVICES. PLEASE CALL US WITH YOUR NEEDS AND IDEAS. WE ARE DELIGHTED TO PROVIDE A BINDING QUOTE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC WEDDING CEREMONY NEEDS. PRICING FOR SOME PACKAGES ARE BASED ON DAY/DATE/TIME, AND LIMITED LOCATIONS. SOME WEDDING LOCATIONS/NEEDS WILL REQUIRE OVERNIGHT STAYS FOR REHEARSAL AND/OR CEREMONY, AND MAY BE IN ADDITION TO CEREMONY PACKAGE PRICING. PACKAGE AND SERVICE-FEE PRICING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WRITTEN NOTICE OR CHANGE TO THIS WEBSITE. PRICING IS NOT GUARANTEED UNTIL A WEDDING IS UNDER CONTRACT. THANK YOU!
Yes, a couple packages may seem a bit pricey. More so when comparing to someone who cannot begin to provide the service, support, quality or performance that I provide. And considering you likely could have someone embarrass you that you hired as cheaply as possible – or even not show up, is it worth it? Most of my services when compared fully with others ‘options’ to make an apples-to-apples comparison, with competent ministers – rarely am I more than $100 more that somewhat similar services. Michigan average for weddings services is $600-$750. But not with my quality and level of support. In comparison – and in a few major cities the size of Detroit, with ministers/officiants who are/have similar qualifications and performance, charge $1100-1800 for something close to my best service. I believe – and I hope you know, that when the ceremony is the most important feature of your wedding day, that this is a true bargain – just check my reviews on ‘WeddingWire’.