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Greenhouse Wedding at Planterra Conservatory

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I was recently blessed to work with the T & L families in organizing a beautiful greenhouse wedding & reception!

The wedding was in the GORGEOUS St. John’s Armenian Church in Southfield, Michigan.

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The ceremony was filled with tradition. It was mesmerizing to watch! I mean, look at those crowns!! <3

The party continued at Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Planterra is a huge greenhouse conservatory. Flickering candlelight and snow gently falling outside…..MOOD!! I can’t get over how intimate this venue felt!

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Detroit | Ann Arbor | Lansing | Wedding Planner | Planterra Conservatory


The best part of the night, though? The family! There was such a genuine feeling of love and celebration!

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Detroit | Ann arbor | Lansing | Michigan | Wedding Planner

Detroit | Ann arbor | Lansing | Michigan | Wedding Planner


Happy Wedding Day, M & B!

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Team of Vendors:

Photo Credit: Kari Dawson Photography

Videography: LightCraft Entertainment

DJ: Lawton Lunce

Transportation: Rockstarz Limos


How do I get married in Michigan?

How do I get married in Michigan?

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I’m engaged, so how do I get married in Michigan?

Michigan Marriage License Requirements | Christa Graham Weddings & Events

Where do I apply?

If you are a Michigan resident, you must obtain your marriage license from the county in which you live. If one of you is not a Michigan resident, you can apply in the county where the Michigan resident lives. In both these cases, the license is valid for the entire state of Michigan.

If neither of you is a Michigan resident, the license must be obtained from the county where the marriage ceremony will be performed. The license is valid only in that county.

Wayne County:  

Washtenaw County

Monroe County: Apply in person at the county clerk office.

Oakland County

If your county isn’t listed here, find the application on your county’s clerk office website.

What paperwork do I bring with me?

When applying for your marriage license, bring the following items to the County Clerk’s office:

  • Marriage Application
  • Driver’s License or Valid State ID with current address
  • Social Security Card
  • One additional approved form of identification (see below)
  • Payment (see below)

If born in the United States, these are approved forms of identification:
Certified copy of birth certificate with raised seal, Valid and signed US Passport, Letter of NO RECORD from state of birth, along with NUMIDENT from Social Security, or birth registration which includes parent’s names.

If born OUTSIDE the United States, take one of the following: 
Valid Passport (in English, with full date of birth, and valid I-94 card attached.), Valid Passport Card, or Certified Original birth certificate (in English or certified and notarized translation with full date of birth. NOTE: A notary other than the translator must notarize the translator’s signature.).

For a person with refugee status:
You must have the letter from your spouse that brought you into the U.S., along with a Valid Resident alien card, Valid Work Authorization card, Valid Green Card, U.S. Naturalization papers, or valid U.S. passport, signed by holder.

When should I apply for my marriage license?

Marriage licenses are only valid for 33 days from application date if you choose to observe the 3-day waiting period. However, if you opt to receive the license the same day of application, it is only valid 30 days from the application date. So, you should apply for your marriage license no earlier than 30 days before your wedding date. Please note: Whether you receive your certified marriage license the day you apply or opt to receive it 3 days later, you will need it the day of your wedding. It will need to be signed by your Officiant and two witnesses immediately after the ceremony concludes. 

How much does the marriage license cost?

 There is a $20 Application Fee for Michigan residents.

The fee is $30 for out-of-state residents 

If you wish to receive your marriage license the same day you apply, there is an additional $10 fee.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion for you! If you have any other questions about the legalities of getting married, please feel free to send me an email! If you need a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator, I am happy to provide those services, as well!


This information is accurate as of January 2018. Please check with your County Clerk for any updates or changes.


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Deciding your wedding budget

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Deciding your wedding budget and how to adjust for new items

Congratulations on your engagement! Deciding your wedding budget is one of the first decisions you should make after telling the most important people in your life that you are engaged. If you work through it and make some tough decisions in the beginning, then making decisions along the way will become more rational and less emotional. Whether it is just you and your fiance, or a third party added to the mix, it’s important to establish the ground rules from the start. Consider this practice for your marriage! My husband and I have budget meetings every 2 weeks and it has transformed how we speak and think about our money.

Who is contributing to your wedding budget?

If someone else (like a parent) is contributing to your wedding financially, it would be beneficial they can give you details of the offer. Details how much? Lump sum or installments? Will they give you the money or will they pay directly?

Who will be responsible for the decisions?

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Will it be 50/50 between the two of you on everything? Will you have more input in design choices and your fiance on the menu? Let your experience and your expertise guide you here. For example, if you are naturally good at numbers, offer to keep an eye on the budget. It would be a nice gesture to ask any third parties contributing to the budget if they would like input on any decisions. They can also be the tie-breaker in case you two can’t agree on something. (Just make sure they are really able to make a neutral decision!)

What is important to you?

When you decide your budget, you should also rank the budget items in order of which are most important to you. This will help you make decisions if you need to adjust the budget as you start spending. Let’s imagine you’ve budgeted $4000 for your wedding dress, but the dress you fall in love with is $7000. The only wiggle room in your budget is to pull funds from catering. If you’ve ranked these things in order of importance from the beginning, you should have no problem making the decision whether to buy the dress or not!

Include some padding.

Deciding your wedding budget | Christa Graham Weddings & Events| Ann Arbor Detroit Michigan Wedding Planner

There is always something unexpected that comes up with a big project like planning a wedding. A budget item might be a lot more than you expected or you see a new fabulous idea for your reception and just have to include it! My suggestion is to include 5-10% of your budget as a buffer or padding. The larger your initial budget is, the higher the percentage should be. This padding will make those unexpected items much less stressful! And, if you don’t need it, then, yay you for coming in under budget!

Hire someone to help.

Deciding your wedding budget | Christa Graham Weddings & Events| Ann Arbor Detroit Michigan Wedding Planner

Of course, the easiest thing to do is hire a wedding planner that will help you determine your budget and allocate those funds. A wedding planner can also help you make decisions and be a neutral tie-breaker. With Christa Graham Weddings & Events, you have full control of your money paid to vendors. You never have to worry about handing over your entire budget to me. But, I will help you make decisions and remind you when vendor payments are due!

For a price list and more wedding planning and budgeting tips, click here!

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Woodland Wedding | Narnia Styled Shoot

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When the opportunity to help coordinate this photo shoot presented itself, I jumped at the chance! Kelsey had a great vision and it was brought to life by the great team of vendors below!

Check back, I will add more photos soon!

Woodland Wedding | Canton, MI Wedding Planner

Host & Photographer: Kelsey Butcher Photography

Bridal Gown: Bel Fiore Bridal

Floral & Design: The Botanical Studio

Hair & Makeup: Megan Quintana Artistry

Second Photographer: Leigh Anne Schaumleffel Photography

Stationary & Ribbon: Lairsey Paper Co.

Ring Box: The Family Joolz

Tableware: The Prissy Plate Company

Paper Florals: Fioribelle

Cake: Sweet Details ATL

Rings: D. Geller & Son

Models: Megan Brackett & Thomas Williams

Groom’s Attire: Xedo & Georgia TLC Events

Macarons: Cake Envy