Wedding Planners East Lansing MI
Grand Ledge, MI
It’s a Nice Day for a Green Wedding!
As wedding season approaches, I thought I would share some pearls of wisdom with bubbling brides-to-be; ) As some of you may or may not know, I was a wedding and event planner for many years. And as of a few months ago, I planned & put on my own wedding! I took what I learned over my years in the biz and put it all together with our limited budget to host the most eco-friendly and affordable weddings I had ever planned. If I do say so myself, it was quite beautiful and I missed none of the elements that come with a large and expensive event. So I figured I would share some insider tips and secrets with you in the case that you or someone you know is headed down the aisle and is frantic about finances and/or their carbon footprint ; )
If you haven’t noticed, summertime is wedding time. One of my many hats is that of a wedding planner so I definitely get my fill come fall be it from working them or going to them ; ) And it is very difficult to stay healthy at such events but have no fear as the healthy, voyaging, event planner is here to help ; )
The trip is exhausting enough as flights or road trips are an excuse to eat fast and convenient. Then you get to the hotel and eat a nice, expensive, in room meal that is most likely greasy and eaten at an ungodly hour. Fast forward to wedding day where you spent all morning getting ready so all you had was coffee and maybe a starchy bagel. You arrive at the glorious event famished so you gorge on hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages. You pick at your lame and tasteless chicken or fish or for us veggies, cold pasta, and you feel like a cow come the bouquet toss. Sound familiar?
Here are a few tips to keep your trip to, at and from the festivities enjoyable and guilt free:
MI Wedding Laws
See Also: A Charter May No Longer Be Required : It Was Called To Our Attention That The State Of Michigan May No Longer Require Individuals To File A Charter In Order To Perform Marriages. From The Website Of The Michigan State Government: To Perform Marriage Ceremonies A Person Should Be An Ordained Minister, Magistrate (A Civil Officer With Power To Administer And Enforce Law -- Justice Of The Peace), Mayor Of A Michigan City Or A Judge.An Ordained Minister Of The Gospel Recognized By A Church May Perform Marriages Whether Or Not The Church Has Filed A Charter With The State Of Michigan, Department Of Labor & Economic Growth, Corporation Division Or An Elected Government Official. To Determine If A Church Has Filed A Charter, Telephone: (517) 241-6470. Please Check With Your Local County Clerk To Determine What Steps You Will Need To Take In Order To Register As Officiant. If Your Clerk Does Require A Charter, You Will Find Instructions On How To Obtain This Below. If A Charter Is Required : In The Past, The State Required That A Charter Be Filed Before An Ordination Could Be Recognized, For The Purposes Of Officiating Weddings. "An Ordained Minister Of The Gospel Recognized By A Church That Has Filed A Charter With The State Of Michigan, Corporation And Land Development Bureau Or An Elected Government Official May Perform Marriages. To Determine If A Church Has Filed A Charter (517) 241-6470. Contact The Department Of Community Health, Vital Statistics At (517) 335-8677 For Marriage Statistics. When Forming A Religious Organization, There Is A Tax Guide Available From The Irs, Publication "Tax Guide For Churches And Other Religious Organizations; Publication 1828 Catalog Number 21096G; Address: Irs, Freedom Of Information Reading Room, P.O. Box 795, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044; Telephone: (800) 829-3676. Many Churches Are Required To Have A "Church Copyright License." For Further Information About This License Call (800) 234-2446. Marriage Licenses Are Obtained At The County Clerk'S Office. This May Not Be Required If You Are Only Intending To Officiate Weddings. Act 327 Of 1931: Ecclesiastical Corporations : 450.178 Ecclesiastical Corporations; Incorporation; Purpose. Sec. 178. Ecclesiastical Corporations. Any Number Of Persons, Not Less Than 3, May Incorporate For The Purpose Of Establishing Any Church Organization For The Purpose Of Teaching And Spreading Their Religious Beliefs And Principles. Every Such Corporation Shall Be A Non-Profit Corporation And Subject To The Provisions Of This Act Relating To Non-Profit Corporations Generally Except As Specifically Otherwise Provided. The Term "Church? And/Or "Church Organization? Used In This Act Shall Be Construed To Include Any Church, Denominational Unit, Or Church Society As The Term Is Commonly Used And Understood But Shall Not Apply To Such Organizations As Sunday Schools, Epworth Leagues, Young People'S Unions, Bible Classes And Similar Societies Organized By And Affiliated With The Parent Churches. Whenever Any Number Of Churches Or Other Corporations Organized For Religious Purposes Desire To Unite In A Central Organization For The Accomplishment Of Any Common Purpose They May Incorporate Such Organization By Severally Adopting, At Meetings Specially Called For The Purpose, Resolutions Expressing Their Desire To Become Members Of Such Corporation; And By Filing Duly Attested Copies Of Such Resolutions Together With A Copy Of The Articles Of Such Corporation, As Provided For The Filing Of Articles In Section 5 Of This Act. The Corporations Formed Under This Section Are Hereinafter Called Ecclesiastical Corporations. Article Of Incorporation Form With Instructions : (Note: Adobe Acrobat Will Be Required.) The Form Is Fairly Basic, Requiring An Address For The Church (Can Be Your Address), Details About How Often Meetings Will Be Held ("Once Per Week, Or As Necessary"), Details On Your Church Structure (You Could Say "Under The Rules Of The Universal Life Church Monastery" Or Mention The Basis Of Your Beliefs), And Will Require Three Notarized Signatures. The Filing Fee, To The State, Is Currently Only $20.00. Chapter 83 - Chapter 83. Of Marriage And The Solemnization Thereof. (Excerpt) 551.7 Persons Authorized To Solemnize Marriage; Records; Returns; Disposition Of Fees Charged By Mayor Or County Clerk. Sec. 7. (1) Marriages May Be Solemnized By Any Of The Following: (H) A Minister Of The Gospel, Anywhere In The State, If The Minister Is Ordained Or Authorized To Solemnize Marriages According To The Usages Of The Denomination, And Is A Pastor Of A Church In This State, Or Continues To Preach The Gospel In This State. (I) A Minister Of The Gospel, Anywhere In The State, If The Minister Is Not A Resident Of This State But Is Authorized To Solemnize Marriages Under The Laws Of The State In Which The Minister Resides. Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Michigan You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church. Ulc The Monastery'S Foreign Corporation State Filings Michigan