Frequently Asked Questions 

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  • Where will my beach wedding location be?    We have several different locations that we use, on the beach and elsewhere.  At Traverse City Beach Weddings we have lots of experience and information on the best wedding locations in the area.   We do have certain beach areas that work well and that we use on a regular basis.  Locations out of the area may require a travel fee.  For lodging informaton in the Traverse City area click HERE.
  • Do I have to pay a fee for the location and will I need a permit?   No, not if it is at one of our public beaches/locations that we regularly use.  And don't forget, many times the resort, condo, or beach house you may be staying at allows ceremonies on their property.  There are private resorts that require the site fee, it is the couple's responsibility to make sure the permit and fee are taken care of.  
  • What do we do in case it rains?   Probably the biggest fear of planning an outdoor wedding is the possibility of rain! On the day of your wedding we will check the local weather forecast hourly. Typically the rain showers in the summer are scattered very brief (30 minutes or so), so most couples tend to just wait it out.   Many times it means starting your wedding earlier or later.  Sometimes we can accommodate pushing back the wedding one day and we certainly will to do this as long as our schedule allows us.  When we have bad weather we just need to be flexible.
  • Will I need a marriage license and if so where do I get it?  Yes, you will have to obtain your wedding marriage license before the ceremony.   For information to obtain a State of Michigan Marriage license click here.

  • Witnesses?  Remember, Michigan law requires that you have 2 witness over 18 yrs of age.  Many of our couples who are eloping cannot or do not bring witnesses.  Not to worry, we now can provide 2 witness for a nominal fee eliminating that concern.
  • Who is going to perform our ceremony?  Our regular officiant is included in the package or you can select your own officiant.  You will be able to contact by phone or email our wedding officiant with any questions concerning vows and ceremony details.  Many of our couples choose to personalize their vows too.
  • Can I customize one of your wedding packages?  Yes, all of our packages can be easily changed or customized.. If you would like something not listed in one of our packages, or wish to make substitutions just let us know. Our packages do not include a wedding rehearsal, however if our schedule permits, it can be added to the package for a nominal fee. However, none of our standard packages require a wedding rehearsal. 

    We provide unlimited telephone consultations to answer any of your questions about your wedding particulars.
  • Tell me more about your Beach Wedding Photography.  Your beach wedding is something that will be remembered forever. And what better way to do that than with great photographs?  One of the advantages of our wedding services is that the Wedding Photography is done by Purcell Photography one of Traverse City's premier Wedding Photographers.  Visit Purcell Photography's website to view their wedding images. 

    All of our packages  include professional wedding photography of the ceremony and formal portraits of the bride, groom, guests, and family. Our standard packages include  photography at your wedding only, reception photography is available at an additional cost.

    The number of pictures taken depends on the package selected.   All packages include full resolution wedding pictures on a CD along with a copyright release form.
  • How much is the deposit and how do I pay it?  After confirming your wedding date with us, you can reserve your date by making a deposit.  When reserving a date, we require a down payment. We accept all major credit cards.  Your deposit secures the date for you.  Remember, you need to confirm your wedding date and time with us BEFORE you place your deposit.
  • What happens if we have to postpone or cancel out wedding?  If you need to postpone your wedding,  you will be given the option of moving your wedding to the date of your choice, if our schedule permits. 

    If you have to cancel your wedding, all deposits are NOT refundable if cancellation of the wedding/contract is done within 60 days of the wedding date, 50% of your deposit is refundable if the cancellation is beyond 60 days of the wedding date. All cancellations must be in writing or email.

    Remember, once we schedule your wedding, we reserve that date for you and turn away other couples who ask for that date.

  • Important: Wedding start time.  All weddings are expected to start at the agreed upon time.  This is important as there may be other weddings scheduled for later in the day.  Most of the time if we are informed of a delay in starting we will gladly accommodate.  However, any wedding not  starting within 30 minutes of the agreed upon time will be charged a $50 surcharge, unless prior approval.  Any wedding not starting with 1 hour of the agreed upon time may be postponed at the discretion of Traverse City Beach Weddings.



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