- 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 areas that work well and
that we use on a regular basis. We will be happy to work with you to find the best spot
based on the size of your beach wedding and other personal preferences.
For lodging information in the Traverse City area click
- Do I have to pay a fee for the location and will I need a permit?
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. If the resort requires 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-fall in the summer is scattered very brief (30 minutes or so), so most
brides tend to just wait it out. However, if there happens to be a larger
storm usually we can move to a covered outdoor pavilion site. Sometimes
we can accommodate pushing back the wedding one day and we certainly will to do this as long as our schedule allows us.
- 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
- Who is going to perform our ceremony?
After reserving your date, the officiant who is going to be performing your
ceremony will be happy to discuss all of the details of your ceremony with you.. You will have unlimited access to your wedding officiant
with any questions concerning vows and ceremony details.
- Can I customize one of your wedding packages?
Sure, all of our packages can be easily changed or customized at no extra charge.
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 included a Wedding
Rehearsal, however if our schedule permits, it can be added to the package for a
nominal fee. None of our standard packages require a wedding rehearsal.
- Tell me more about your Beach Wedding Photography.
Your beach wedding is something that
you will want to remember forever. And what better way to do that than with
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 do
not include photography at your reception unless prior arrangements are
The number of pictures taken depends on the package selected. Additional
photography time (reception, family portraits, etc.) is available at an
additional cost, as are wedding albums and canvas prints if you wish to order
them through us. All of our packages include your 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 50% 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 pay 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 day of your choice, schedule permitting.
If you have to cancel your wedding,
all deposits are NOT refundable if cancellation of the wedding/contract is
done within 30 days of the wedding date. 50% of the deposit is refundable if
the cancellation is beyond 30 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
- Wedding date and start time.
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.