What happens if it rains?

The minute you reserve your wedding date I order “white puffy clouds, with blue sky, light winds off the water and 70 to 75 degrees.” Once-in-a-while my weather order gets lost or it isn’t completely filled and parts of it get backorder.  My supplier gets a lot of requests every day and some times just can’t get to all of them.

It doesn’t matter though, it’s your wedding day, and that makes the day perfect not the weather.

In our two decades of doing weddings, we have had to move or delay the ceremony because of rain less than a dozen times.

But don’t worry, because I always have a backup plan in place.

No matter what the weather is your wedding ceremony will be special and memorable.


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Where do I get out Marriage License from and how long is it good for?

If you live in the State of Michigan contact your local County Clerks Office that is who issues your Marriage License.

It normally takes 3 days to get and the ceremony has to take place within 30 days or the license is invalid.

If you live outside of the State of Michigan you get your Marriage License from the County Clerks Office in Mackinac County where we are located.   Phone:   (906) 643-7300

Ask for the County Clerks Office they will be very helpful. 

Can we come and see the place before our wedding day?

Of Course, You Can!  However, you have to schedule an appointment.  I won’t be very friendly if you stop by unannounced.  I don’t want anyone to interrupt any of our ceremonies.   Normally, we can schedule a time on short notice but not always.  Thanks for understanding.

Can our children be in the ceremony?

Yes, couples include their children in a variety of different ways depending on the age of the children.

Can I have my own photographer?

Yes, you can hire your own photographer.  Pictures taken by us are included in all of our wedding packages.  But we do not claim to be Professional Photographers.  I can provide you with a list of Photographers in the area if you want professional pictures.

Can our guests stay overnight on the property?

Your guests may be able to rent one of the rooms on our property through Airbnb if one is available.  However, if your guests stay on the property it is with a complete understanding of the Airbnb rules.  Receptions are not allowed.

Yes, you can see the Mackinac Bridge from a variety of places along our waterfront including from our private pier.

Yes, there is a place for you both to get dressed before the ceremony.

How do I hold a date and time for my wedding ceremony?

My friend, bookkeeper, and partner, Mr. Richard M. Selzum, won’t let us hold a wedding date and time for you without first receiving a $200.00 non-refundable deposit. 

 You can make a deposit with a credit card on this website https://elopeupnorth.com/make-a-payment/  

After you have confirmed your date and time is available — mouse over the Packages button in the menu above. Then, click on the make a payment button. Follow the instructions.

I will confirm that we received your deposit by email.

If you prefer to send a check, that’s okay. Call me and tell me what date and time you want. I’ll have you mail the check to us along with some other information about contacting the two of you.

Fifty percent (50%) of the balance due is 60 days before your ceremony date. The balance is due two (2) weeks before your wedding. You can pay any amount at any time to reduce your balance. You must pay the balance two (2) weeks before your ceremony date. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.


Can we bring our own officiant?

Yes, if you have someone special that the two of you want to perform your wedding ceremony instead of me that is okay.  However, the price remains the same. 

Can we have our Dog or Dogs in our ceremony?

Yes, we love dogs.  We do several weddings every year with dogs in them.  Of course, the dog or dogs have to be on a leash at all times.  Someone has to be prepared to pick up after the dog or dogs.

But, we do not allow dogs to stay overnight on the property so if your dog or dogs are going to be in your ceremony you will have to stay at one of the dog-friendly hotels in the area.  I can give you the name of a few that are close by.  

What does the room look like that we will be staying in?

We have four guest cottages on our property with nine private master bedroom type rooms spread between the four cottages.  We never know which of our rooms we are putting our couple in until the week of the wedding.

We intentionally do not have TV’s or internet because we want you to be enjoying each.  There are so many things to see and do in the Straits of Mackinac.  I can help point you in the right direction for new adventures together, even if it is nothing more than sitting together by the waterfront or under one of the gazebos.

Just a simple FYI; there aren't any predetermined traditions here. You can have the ceremony you want.

Yes, You can have the ceremony you want, as long as you and your guests behave and it is legal.

Can we have more guests than the number of guests allowed in our wedding package?

You can add as many guests as you like to either our Mr. & Mrs. Right or our Whole Kit & Caboodle wedding package.  There is an additional charge of $18 per guest.  So, if you added 1o additional guests to your wedding package the additional cost would be 10 X $18 = $180.   We do not allow guests to be added to our Soulmates wedding package. 

Can we write our own vows?

Yes, you can.