Courtney & MJ. September 2014.

Courtney & MJ. September 2014.


You’ve chosen to make the most beautiful of all commitments.

Allow me to help take the stress out of planning your ceremony.

Hi, I’m Michael.

I craft personalized wedding ceremonies infused with love, humor, and spirituality (or not) for couples* all across the state of Minnesota.

(* = humans of any orientation/identification)

By transforming the typical ceremony into a one-of-a-kind event your wedding day will be remembered and cherished for years.

Using details obtained during our face-to-face meetings we’ll create a ceremony that shares your story in a meaningful and lighthearted way allowing friends and family to rejoice and support your hopes and dreams for the rest of your lives.

Have a question? Check out the FAQs

Curious about cost or want to get started? Contact Michael today!

Want to read testimonials? Read notes from the Bride & Groom here.


Courtney & MJ's wedding rehearsal, September 2014.

Courtney & MJ’s wedding rehearsal, September 2014.

Are there any hidden charges?

How many different ceremonies do you have?
Every ceremony is different because every couple is different. Each ceremony is crafted based on interactions with the couple and the couples reflections on their story.

Can we customize our ceremony?
Yes, please!

Can we write our own ceremony?
Of course! I’m happy to help and guide you, but above all the ceremony needs to resonate with you.

Can we meet before we decide you’re the officiant we want?
I’d love that! Let me buy you a cup of coffee or a slice of pie.

Do we need to sign a contract?
No. A contract is not required.

How can we place a hold on a date?
To hold your date a nonrefundable deposit of $75 is all that is required. This fee is included in all wedding packages.

How much does a marriage license cost?
A marriage license costs $115.00 and is due at time of application… Unless you’ve taken 12 hours or more of pre-marital classes. If you and your partner have participated in at least 12 hours of pre-marital counseling the cost is $40, due at the time of application, in addition to a dated and notarized Educator’s Statement. (MN § 517.08)

Do you offer pre-marital classes?
Yes, and they’re a blast! Weekend getaway classes are fun, relaxing, and a great bonding experience.

What do your pre-marital classes cost?
Costs fluctuate based on time of year, location, and necessary supplies.

What are your credentials?
In accordance with § 517.05, I’ve been a legally ordained minister in Minnesota since 2007 with Universal Ministries. My ordination papers are on file at the St. Louis County registrar’s office.

While I was baptized and confirmed in an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, I identify as a Unitarian Universalist.

Where do you perform ceremonies?
I only perform marriage ceremonies in the red part.
Yes, the entire state! This includes: backyards, wedding halls, Masonic Temples, lake fronts, carnival rides, boats… The list is endless! Succinctly: wherever you and your partner feel most comfortable.

What do you charge for mileage?
75¢ per mile, roundtrip, if outside the shaded area.

How many witnesses do we need?
You need the signatures of at least two witnesses and they have to be at least 16 years old. (MN § 517.10)

Who prepares the marriage certificate?
One of the privileges of officiating weddings is getting to prepare, sign, and deliver the marriage certificate to the county registrar’s office. You and your partner won’t have anything to worry about. (MN § 517.10)

Do we need a blood test before we get married?
No. Blood tests or physicals are not required.

Does Minnesota recognize Common Law marriages?
Nope. Minnesota abolished common law marriages in 1941.

How long is the marriage license valid?
The license is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

What information do we need for our marriage license?
As per MN § 517.08:

  • Full legal names
  • Dates of birth
  • Places of birth
  • Social security numbers (if one has been issued)
  • Current ages
  • Current address to include the county where that address is located
  • Any previous marriage information (i.e., date of divorce, county, and state where it took place, name of court, date of death); no divorce documents are required
  • Legal name after marriage
  • Address after marriage

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