For many couples planning a wedding, this is an
obvious choice but for others, a decision as to where to get married
(and who to perform the ceremony) is a major concern. Here are some
of the options;
Church - If
you are your families are members of a church, this can be a
simple choice. Some churches will allow couples who are not
regular members to be married at their site. Many churches will
assist in finding a wedding officiate and will help you to plan the actual ceremony.
Note that there may be additional fees associated with these
Wedding Chapel -
specifically established for the purpose of conducting weddings.
These locations almost always provide ceremony coordination as
part of their standard service. There are a number of excellent
Wedding chapels to choose in the area, we'll be happy to provide
you with some contact information.
Outdoor weddings - These can be
held at many Reception sites or at a separate location (Park,
Historic site, Waterfront, etc.) It is important to think about
logistics (parking, rest rooms, seating, sound, surrounding
area, etc.) before committing to using one of these locations.
It is imperative to establish a back-up plan to revert to in the
case of bad weather if you opt for any outdoor ceremony site.
At the Reception Venue - Most all
Reception venues can accommodate the ceremony as well. Many
sites have specific locations (indoors and out) for ceremonies
while others may conduct ceremonies in either the same room
where your reception will be held or in another room within
their facility. The specific venues will be happy to provide you
with details about how they routinely host ceremonies. Some of
these locations are "full service" providers while others will
leave most of the details to you. Capabilities will greatly vary
depending on the particular location, so ask a lot of questions!
Other locations - May include
Botanic gardens, private residences, Parks, Meeting halls, Museums and
Wedding Officiate -
You'll need someone to perform your ceremony. Clergy members and
Government officials among others can legally perform wedding
ceremonies in the State of Michigan. Many venues can recommend
someone for you. Some officiates require pre-wedding counseling.
Check with your officiate to see if the vows can be customized
to your preferences. If you need finding a wedding officiate,
let us know. We can help!*
Don't forget the Music.
There are a number of options to choose from depending on where
your ceremony will be held. If in a church, you can use the
organ or piano (you'll need to arrange for the musician). Other
live music options would include a string quartet, Harpist,
acoustic guitar soloist and live vocalist. Pre-recorded music is
also an option. In locations other than churches or wedding
chapels, you will also need to consider some kind of sound
support for music and voice. Your DJ Entertainment company can
provide these kinds of services for you. Be to consider
availability of power, types of microphones to use and basic
setup requirements for your location.
* Did you
know that Jack is an ordained minister with the
non-denominational Universal Life Church and can legally
perform wedding ceremonies?
Have more questions? We've performed
at many ceremonies at all of these kinds of locations and
would be happy to share our experience with you. Give
us a call and we'll be happy to make some suggestions.