With over 3,000 miles of coastline and being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is a fantastic elopement destination for those who love the outdoors. From the sand dunes of Lake Michigan to the tranquil waters of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the state offers a variety of breathtaking backdrops that will make your elopement unforgettable. You could consider a wedding on a historic lighthouse or aboard a sailboat on one of the Great Lakes. The state is also home to several rustic barns and cozy bed and breakfasts that will provide a romantic setting for your wedding.
What’s more, the state experiences all four seasons, giving couples the freedom to choose a wedding a spring wedding among Michigan’s famous Cherry Blossoms, in the fall when the trees turn vibrant shades of orange and red, winter for crisp, smooth snow, or summer for wonderful warmth and blue skies set against the lakes.
All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.
Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Michigan.
Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.
No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!
Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!
As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.
An officiant is required to solemnize a marriage in Michigan. Eligible individuals include: ordained ministers, magistrates, a mayor of a Michigan city or a judge.
Those ordained through online ministries are able to perform wedding ceremonies and act as an officiant.
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