Ministers, Officiants & Notaries Public
A Beautiful Affair of the Heart
(888) 886-6075 (Detroit MI) As wedding celebrants, we specialize in personalized, custom-designed weddings that can be religious, civil, interfaith, non-denominational or spiritual. We also speak Spanish, Italian and many other languages.
A Ceremony Remembered
(616) 915-5210 (Rochester Hills MI) I strive to ensure that my style reflects your style, and approach your special occasions with a thoughtful, open attitude, and appropriate blend of humor and sensitivity.
Always & Forever ~ Wedding Officiants for S.E. MI
(586) 850-9484 (Harrison Twp MI) Christian and civil ceremonies in southeast Michigan at a reasonable cost. Customized just for you! We do not perform ‘commitment ceremonies’.
Chaplain Dave Downing
(517) 881-9746 (Mason MI) Your ceremony is a reflection and expression of who you are and what the two of you are creating together. My job is strictly to give guidance and suggestions and to make sure YOUR day is fun, festive and full of joy. This is the day the two of you will forever treasure. It is also the day that before family and friends you commit yourselves to each other. I work on a first come, first served basis. A nonrefundable “Save the Date” deposit is necessary to confirm the date, time and location of the ceremony
(989) 975-0805 (Harbor Beach MI) Big or small, religious, non-religious, interfaith, intercultural, elope, instant weddings, or vow renewals; you can have the ceremony of your choice. I offer you many options for ceremonies and vows.
(616) 915-8444 (Grand Rapids MI) I”m available to perform all sorts of weddings from simple and quick marriage vows, to custom weddings planned well in advance, for your special day.
Kya Rose Weddings
(517) 316-1379 (Lansing MI) My favorite part of my wedding ministry is being able to meet with couples who don’t really know exactly what they want, and helping them design a ceremony that they and their guests, LOVE.
(513) 884-2618 (Cincinnati OH) “I consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of the most important days of your lives!” Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and 28 other states.
Stephanie J Bateman, Notary Public
(207) 449-2497 (Bathe ME) Your Mid-Coast Maine Ceremony Your Way! All couples deserve a wedding ceremony that reflects their taste and their hope for committed and loving relationships. Let me help plan your ceremony.
Weddings by Laurel
(248) 760-7454 (Livonia MI) I am a non-denominational, ordained minister based out of Livonia, Michigan. My ceremony packages start at $100. Providing this service genuinely brings me joy and I look forward to helping you create your dream wedding ceremony.
Wings of Love Weddings
(219) 878-5747 (Michigan City IN) Wedding Officiate since 2004 serving Michigan City, Indiana and surrounding areas. Formal and informal weddings.
With This Ring Wedding Ceremonies
(269) 353-1963 (Kalamazoo MI) From the most basic, to the ceremony loaded with elements; all receive the care, commitment, and respect they deserve. I would be honored to create and perform your tailor-made, unique ceremony.
Michigan State Laws
2011 Michigan Compiled Laws Chapter 551 – Marriage R.S. of 1846 – Revised Statutes of 1846 (551.1 – 551.18)
Act 128 of 1887 – Marriage License (551.101 – 551.111)
551.7 Persons authorized to solemnize marriage; records; returns; disposition of fees charged by mayor or county clerk.
(1) Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
(a) A judge of the district court, in the district in which the judge is serving.
(b) A district court magistrate, in the district in which the magistrate serves.
(c) A municipal judge, in the city in which the judge is serving or in a township over which a municipal court has jurisdiction under section 9928 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.9928.
(d) A judge of probate, in the county or probate court district in which the judge is serving.
(e) A judge of a federal court.
(f) A mayor of a city, anywhere in a county in which that city is located.
(g) A county clerk in the county in which the clerk serves, or in another county with the written authorization of the clerk of the other county.
(h) For a county having more than 2,000,000 inhabitants, an employee of the county clerk’s office designated by the county clerk, in the county in which the clerk serves.
(i) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in the state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination.
(j) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in the state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is not a resident of this state but is authorized to solemnize marriages under the laws of the state in which the minister or cleric or religious practitioner resides.
History: R.S. 1846, Ch. 83 ;– CL 1857, 3210 ;– CL 1871, 4725 ;– Am. 1873, Act 85, Eff. July 31, 1873 ;– How. 6215 ;– CL 1897, 8594 ;– Am. 1903, Act 139, Eff. Sept. 17, 1903 ;– Am. 1909, Act 235, Eff. Sept. 1, 1909 ;– CL 1915, 11368 ;– CL 1929, 12696 ;– Am. 1931, Act 28, Imd. Eff. Apr. 21, 1931 ;– Am. 1937, Act 42, Eff. Oct. 29, 1937 ;– CL 1948, 551.7 ;– Am. 1972, Act 211, Eff. July 1, 1972 ;– Am. 1975, Act 175, Imd. Eff. July 20, 1975 ;– Am. 1979, Act 24, Imd. Eff. June 6, 1979 ;– Am. 1983, Act 64, Imd. Eff. May 26, 1983 ;– Am. 2006, Act 419, Imd. Eff. Sept. 29, 2006 ;– Am. 2006, Act 613, Imd. Eff. Jan. 3, 2007 ;– Am. 2008, Act 47, Imd. Eff. Mar. 27, 2008
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
November 7, 2014 the tribal council of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voted to place a referendum on the ballot for a tribal vote on December 13, 2014 to allow same-sex marriage in their community, in response to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. The proposal was approved with 302 to 261 votes on December 13, 2014 and finally included into the tribe’s legal code after the tribal council approved the changes on June 6,2015.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan
Little Traverse Bay Bands Of Odawa Becomes Third Tribal Nation To Pass Marriage Equality
On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 1:35 pm, the tribal council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan became the third tribal nation in the U.S. to pass a marriage equality statute this week. Under consideration by the tribal council since last March, the new statute will allow the tribe to both recognize and perform same-sex marriage. A similar measure failed last July by one vote. When the measure was first proposed, former Odawa Council Chairman Ken Harrington defended the equality effort:
HARRINGTON: We have our own constitution, our own court system, and our own government here, police force, etc, DNR, so it’s our right to express equality… In my mind, we’re all equal in our creator’s eye.
Marriage equality at Little Traverse is the latest in a larger movement by tribal members and tribal leaders to pass marriage equality measures. In fact, a new tribal LGBT equality toolkit was just released last fall to help tribal leaders incorporate comprehensive protections for LGBT people and families into their tribal codes. The Indigenous Ways of Knowing program, which released the toolkit, is now working on implementing with interested tribal leaders and their governments.
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced on March 9, 2013, that recognition for same-sex marriages would enter into force on May 8, 2013. They issued their first such marriage certificate to a male couple on June 20, 2013.