Michigan Officiants PLLC
I had my wedding just a few weekends ago at The Whitney in Detroit, and I couldn't be happier with the service provided to me by Gina and Jeff. We weren't interested in writing our own vows and opted for the Ruby package (no customization). The script was flawless and the ceremony was beautiful. I was particularly impressed by their selection of ceremony packages. We really wanted just a simple ceremony that was affordable, no traditions, no rehearsal, no hassle. They have a number of other packages that are a little more expensive to accommodate your preferences. Like I said, my husband and I really wanted a very basic package, and other officiants were charging upwards of $250 for the same service! As for responsiveness, Gina was always prompt in answering my questions and concerns whether it be via email or phone. She provided the transcript for our ceremony weeks in advance and gave us a thorough run-through a few days before the ceremony and on the day of. I would highly recommend their services!
I hired this service blind based on a list of recommended services on my venue's website. I was so happy with the service they provided. All of my questions were responded to promptly and Gina and Jeff could not have been nicer. They really gave us a ceremony that was not only unique and perfect for us, but was something that everyone didn't mind sitting through (!). My MOH even said to me "remind me of these people when it's my turn". We were lucky enough to have both of them present for both the rehearsal and the event, and they made the whole thing run so smoothly it seemed like we had practiced it 200 times, even though it was only like twice. I highly recommend anyone in their area to check them out.:)
Jeff and Gina are a dynamic duo! They both are able to perform ceremonies and whoever is not performing is still doing work behind the scenes. For my wedding our guests ran late due to lovely Michigan construction and they were great with communicating the delay to me as well as our guests. They have an option for a religious or non-religious ceremony which was perfect for my husband and I. They are quick to respond to emails and even return phone calls. I would definitely recommend these two to anyone who doesn't have their own pastor/preacher/etc. to perform their wedding ceremony.
Gina and Jeff are amazing!! I was a little nervous booking online without meeting them, but they had great reviews, and for good reason. We met them at our rehearsal and they immediately put our minds at ease. We felt so much better after that short meeting. Jeff did our ceremony and he was great. The script and vows were perfect. They were beautifully written and had half of our guests in tears. We would recommend them to anyone!
We loved having Jeff and Gina Hamilton as part of our daughter's day. Every email was answered promptly. They were fun, and made everyone relax. The rehearsal and ceremony were great. They were helpful and stayed calm when our DJ screwed up all of the music, including the processional...Jeff even made a great save when the sand vessel started listing to one side and began to fall over. They also gave us a military discount, which is something not everyone will do. The paperwork was handled promptly and efficiently, which was important as the newlyweds were leaving to move out of state. Thanks so much, Jeff and Gina! We would highly recommend using them.
i had gina as my officiant. she showed up on time. was very helpful throughout as i was planning my wedding from traverse city to downstate. she helped my mother in law alot. she did move the maid of honor and the best man to the back of the line when we wanted them in the front, but it wasnt a big deal. i would recommend gina and her husband to anyone!! thanks again!! :D
Vendor response to review
Thank you for the compliments, it was an honor performing your wedding ceremony. What a beautiful couple! BTW, I moved the best man and maid of honor as they do traditionally walk in last (just before the bride) rather than first before the rest of the wedding party. Tell Lynette hello for me! Best wishes to both of you.
I gave Gina Heck! Lets just start there and not by choice because I was a very easy going bride but one bad thing after another kept happening. I mailed her check and weeks went by and I heard nothing, so I decided to contact Gina and low and behold, the mail had never reached them! Very calmly Gina instructed me what to do. They made my wedding a success and made Allen and I feel so at ease. Even with 103.00 degree fevers they helped us to relax and enjoy our day. Which we did!! I would recommend the couple to anyone!!! I've never been so confident in a referral!
After our officiant cancelled on us a few months before the wedding, I contacted Gina and they had an opening (what a relief!). Their contract and package options were straighforward and simple- which was great for me as I was planning my wedding in Michigan from Arizona.
We opted not to have a rehearsal and met Jeff the night of our wedding. He arrived on time, came fully prepared and was dressed great. The ceremony could not have been smoother- especially considering it was our first and only run at it! After the cermony it only took us a few minutes to sign the necessary documents and get back to the party.
I recommend Jeff and Gina to anyone looking for a wedding officiant in Michigan.
Gina and Jeff did a AMAZING job for our wedding, They got back to me right away with any questions i had, They were VERY flexible when i changed my mind last minute and they were both super nice! We couldnt have asked for a better ceremony!
We were so happy with Rev. Jeff's ceremony! Both he and Gina were great to work with and made our day extra special. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a beautiful ceremony. Bridget
So both my husband and I don't belong to churches or have other relationships with a reverend or officiant so we decided to search the internet. Michigan Officiants was where we found Gina. The ceremony part of the day went off beautifully, even when I had my engagement ring still on the left hand Gina very calmly and quietly reminded me and my husband messed up his line and Gina kept it humorous and light and said the line again. Another great thing was she sent us a traditional script about a week before the wedding and we were able to change what we wanted to make it more us and she accepted all our changes, even throwing a joke in there! It was exactly what we wanted! The only thing I heard some problems with is that she didn't introduce herself to me, my husband, or my father by name and saying who she was; she just came to my husband and I (at separate times because we did not see each other before) and started talking; and my Dad said she just walked up to him and asked for an envelope (the money). I understand that payment is important but I think it was rather rude the way it happened. But other than that, the ceremony was great and we had a fun time! Thanks, Gina!
Vendor response to review
You are such a beautiful couple and it was an honor to perform your ceremony. My apologies if anyone felt that I didn't introduce myself. I certainly remember introducing myself to you and the groom upon my arrival as that is always the first thing I (we) do. I was instructed by a member of your family to locate your father for the balance and when I found him greeting guests at the gate he read my nametag (which I always wear) and pulled the envelope out and said 'you must be Gina and this must be for you' before I could say anything.
We are always in business attire with our nametags so 95% of the time people already know who we are and the opportunity to actually say the words "Hello, I am...." simply is not there.
Our standard procedure upon arrival is to check in with the bride and groom then obtain the marriage license and balance. This procedure is communicated through our contract, emails and our final follow up call the week of the wedding so there should be no surprise.
Your wedding was beautiful and your family and guests honored traditional etiquette which was quite refreshing. I thank you for your compliments and honesty.
We wish you a lifetime of happiness together.
It was a very easy and comfortable experience working with Michigan Officiants. They were very professional, but had a very friendly demeanor that made all the difference on our big(and stressful) day! We had a very small wedding, and I was walking myself down the short aisle, but Gina came up to me before I entered the room, double checked to make sure everything was in place, and fixed my train as I walked in so my maid of honor didn't have to do it. It helped calm me down! They emailed us several options for a civil ceremony, and I added/moved around some things to make it our own. Some of the things they put in there inspired me to be a bit more creative with our vows. It was very easy to take care of everything afterwards, signing papers and making sure everything was set before the reception started. They were very timely with going through everything so my mother and mother-in-law could help make sure the reception was being set up properly. They were very appreciative of their efficiency when we needed it.
We very much enjoyed working with Michigan Officiants. Our officiant, Gina, was friendly and very professional. She let us revise her stock vows and sent us extra diagrams for our rehearsal. She was very punctual on the wedding day and knowledgable about name-changing. She also was very flexible and calm when it came to signing the license in the midst of all the wedding day chaos. She had a lovely, composed voice as she read of the vows and it honestly helped us relax. I highly recommend looking into Michigan Officiants for any style ceremony. They are very flexible and will work with you to make sure your special day reflects your unique beliefs.
Gina and Jeff were great to work with for our wedding, they were very friendly and professional. We wanted something short and sweet for our ceremony and they gave us exactly what we were looking for. They worked great as a team to make the ceremony as perfect as it could be. They even came out a day prior to the wedding for a rehearsal, which made the ceremony less stressful on the wedding day. We definitely recommend them for your wedding!
He was wonderful, My dad loved everything he had to say, which is a suprise to here. They know what they are doing and you have nothing to worrie about if you chose this pair. I was also a late booker and was lucky they had time time available. For a worrie free service i say this is a good pick.
Brooke & Kevin (Trenton, MI)
Gina and Jeff were amazing!!!!!!! We had Jeff perform our ceremony, and even though Gina wasn't assigned any duties at the ceremony, she helped a few Bridesmaids get fixed up and she also got the wedding party down the aisle in an organized fashion. Jeff was also very easy to reach, by phone or email, regarding any questions or concerns we had regarding our Ceremony. We would like to recommend Gina & Jeff to anyone who is getting married! They were delightful to work with and made my day a dream come true!
Gina and Jeff did an AMAZING job! There were so kind and professional and we felt completely at ease with them. They really took charge at the rehearsal and made sure that everyone felt comfortable with their role. The ceremony script that they wrote for us was so beautiful and unique. I really can't say enough about Gina and Jeff!
Jeff and Gina of Michigan Officiants were wonderful! Jeff did a beautiful job with the ceremony while Gina helped out and made sure everything fell into place. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a warm, kind-hearted touch to their ceremony... Gina actually helped me out with a tiny wardrobe malfunction as I was getting ready. They were both so sweet and helpful and are awesome at what they do!
Gina and Jeff were amazing. We had Gina perform our ceremony, and even though he didn't have any "official" duties at the ceremony, Jeff jumped right in and helped to get the wedding party down the aisle in an organized fashion. That was a big relief, due to the fact that we weren't able to hold a rehearsal, because the younger members of the wedding party were still in school. Gina was also very accessible, by phone or email, regarding any questions or concerns we had regarding the non-traditional ceremony we found. We would highly recommend them to anyone getting married.
Jeff and Gina made this as easy as possible for us. They were a great help. Thank you guys so much.
My first contact with Gina was by email on 9/4/08, my wedding was 9/27... I am so glad they had an opening!! Our date was moved up a year at the end of August. Had we gone with our origional plans, I would have hired Gina as my wedding planner (another service she provides.) We had contact by both email and phone, even though she was only being paid as our officiant, she helped me with several planning details. They offer several packages at great rates and have many unique traditions to customize your ceremony. The ceremony script was beautiful and we had a "mixing of the sands" for our luau themed wedding. Gina's husband Jeff actually performed our ceremony (they give you an option of which you prefer - we were open to either). Gina was still a huge help during the ceremony, checking in with me, queing the bridal party on when and where to go, and so much more, she was a huge help and support! The services they provided were worth at least double the price they charged!
They did everything that the said they were going to do and more. FANTASTIC SERVICE
Very professional. Good prices. On time.
Reverends Jeff and Gina were outstanding! Not only did Gina perform the ceremony beautifully, they both helped us set up the reception room because we had no help. We also got all of our invitations and favors from them at really great prices.
Jeff coordinated the rehearsal and ceremony perfectly. I really think I would have been lost without their assistance. I highly recommend them both and I am so glad that I found them.
Jeff and Gina were great people to work with! I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a professional, "ease of mind" type of wedding. They will cater to your needs and make sure everything is just the way you want it. The value was outstanding for the excellent service and care we got. Highly recommended!
You can tell that The Michigan Wedding Officiants enjoy weddings! They are friendly, professional, and want to help create the special ceremony you are looking for.
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Michigan wedding officiants / ministers performing ceremonies both indoor and out throughout the states of Michigan and Ohio. We've been in the wedding industry since 1996, and being husband and wife, we know how important and memorable this day will be to you. Jeff and Gina have been non-denominational ordained ministers since 2000 who are legally recognized to officiate at wedding ceremonies in the State of Michigan and we are licensed in the State of Ohio.
We are authorized distributors for Carlson Craft and Hortense B Hewitt Products along with several other popular brand companies. Gina received her wedding / event planning certification in 2005 but has planned numerous events as far back as 1996 including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, family and class reunion, corporate parties/events, and of course many weddings.
We bring professionalism, experience, creativity to your wedding. Whether you want short and sweet or something with a touch of everything, we'll do what makes you happy. Don't let the business suits scare you if you're having a themed wedding. Just ask and we'll wear pretty much whatever you like...White / Black robes to blue jeans and shorts. This is your wedding and we're more than happy to dress for the occasion.
What sets us apart from our competitors is the fact that 95% of the time we do travel together....especially for the bigger weddings. What that means is that you have your officiant AND a complimentary 'day of coordinator' of sorts that will assist you and your wedding party to insure that the processional, altar formation and recessional goes off without a hitch.
We want you to be comfortable with us and happy with our services so if you have any special requests please feel free to ask.
Looking forward to working with you and would be honored to perform your wedding ceremony!
Reverends Jeff & Gina
You should have your officiant booked at least 4-6 months before the wedding. The sooner the better as dates fill up for everyone. Occassionaly, there may be an opening at the last minute but it is risky to wait.
2. When do I get to review the ceremony script?
We email the entire ceremony to you approximately 3-4 weeks before the wedding. At that time you can make modifications. All final approvals must be emailed back to us a minimum of 3 days before your rehearsal or ceremony.
3. Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely! A tip to writing your own vows, especially if you plan to memorize them, is to keep it short. Generally one or two sentences can speak volumes when it comes from the heart. If your vows are longer you should opt to either read them during the ceremony or repeat them after the officiant. Any way you choose, please be sure your officiant has a copy of the vows that you write.
4. I want a friend/relative to read a poem during the ceremony.
Just tell us where in the ceremony you would like the person to read a poem or scripture and provide us with what will be read. We will incorporate it into your ceremony. You can have readings, poems, vocals or instrumentals incorporated anyplace in your ceremony. We just need to know where and the details. There is no additional charge, however, it is encouraged that you keep these limited to 1-2 of each so not to overpower your ceremony with them.
5. Can we meet with our officiant in person?
We are not opposed to meeting the couples that we marry. We have found that, in general, meetings are difficult to arrange due to our schedules and yours. Every meeting we have had over the years have always been filled with questions that we can easily answer over the phone or via email. The most common reason couples request in person meetings has been to view ceremonies...we do not provide copies of ceremonies unless you have booked your wedding with us because we customize each one to suit the couple. In addition, it is often logistically impractical with many of our couples living more than 50 miles from us and the price of fuel soaring. We provide unlimited phone and email support to answer any questions you may have or provide assistance with matters that involve your rehearsal or ceremony. References are available upon request from previous couples and venues in which we have performed ceremonies.
6. What will my officiant wear?
We generally dress business professional, ie; suit and tie or business suit. We also have white or black robe available if you prefer a more traditional look. If you are planning a themed wedding and would like your officiant to wear something 'less traditional' such as shorts, jeans, hawaiin, etc. please contact us with these requests, we are happy to ablige.
7. What types of ceremonies can I choose from?
You can choose Traditional, Contemporary, Interfaith, or Civil. Our ceremonies can include children, parents, and we even have one for second marriages.
8. Will you help with our rehearsal?
Of course we will, if you want us to. Remember to include this to your total mileage if you want us present for your rehearsal. An option we have to save you some money is to email you diagrams of the processional, recessional and altar formations. You simply choose the one from each that works best for your location and insert the names of everyone in the wedding. Let us know your choices so that we know the order the day of the ceremony. These diagrams enable you to conduct your rehearsal without us being there which could save you the cost of additional mileage. If it is within your budget to have us attend and coordinate the rehearsal just let us know where and when. Diagrams are only available with the Gold & Platinum packages and you will be allowed to choose a Tradition in place of our attendance at your rehearsal.
9. What religion are you?
Our religion is Universal Life. It is non-denomination, although we are familiar with many types of religous ceremonies. We can incorporate many elements of specific religions into your ceremony if you wish or none at all. We are legally ordained and have filed all the necessary paperwork required with the Church and State where applicable. We are Reverends.
10. What are Traditions?
Traditions, Rituals, are 'ceremonies within the ceremony'. They include the Unity Candle, Blending of the Sands, the Rose ceremony, Jumping of the Broom, Medallion ceremony, etc.
11. Should I give my Officiant a gratuity?
Typically, you should give gratuities to any service provider that you are pleased with. Some service providers should be tipped simply out of etiquette. Although we provide flat pricing options and do not expect a tip, they are always appreciated. One thing that is always appreciated is a Thank You note or letter after your wedding. This should be done for all of your service providers.
12. Should I invite my officiant to my rehearsal dinner and reception?
We always appreciate the invitation, however, we are often scheduled to be elsewhere. We also understand that you generally have to pay per person for food and our absence at these dinners will save you a little more money.
13. Can we meet with you before or after signing a contract?
You can. However, we do base our fees on time, travel and preperation. In order to keep our prices economical and competitive, we do have a seperate fee for in person meetings whether before or after signing a contract with us.
Your wedding is supposed to be one of the most important days of your life. You are supposed to enjoy every minute leading up to it and every moment after, so try not to sweat the small things. Something inevitably will go wrong whether big or small, but no one except you and those directly involved with the details ever knows the difference. (and even if someone does notice, they don’t remember forever, they just remember how beautiful the couple was and how much fun they had)
If you are really having a difficult time with the details or managing your time with the planning, we strongly suggest you hire a professional planner to help. Rev. Gina is a certified wedding planner and available for everything from the smallest errand to coordinating the whole thing and the money spent for services is well worth the headaches saved...and, she knows how to get great discounts on almost everything which helps you to stay within your wedding budget.
Another tip on wedding planners. I recently read a review left for another vendor regarding the facilities wedding coordinator making their wedding day a disaster. My word of advise: Facilities that represent themselves as your 'wedding coordinator' are NOT your wedding planner. They are paid staff of the facility and they coordinate the services you are buying from THEM. They can be extremely helpful in referring vendors for your wedding and setting up the meal and room. They generally do not coordinate the actual rehearsal, ceremony, decorating, music, flowers, table favors, etc. The only timeline they need to be concerned with is the start and end time of your entire event.
I am not in any way disrespecting these individuals, they play an important role in your event. However, do not misunderstand their role. You are not hiring them to plan or coordinate your wedding, you are contracting the facility in which they work and their department is event management. You should stay in constant contact with them in the event that the person handling your wedding ceremony/reception details won't be on duty that day or may leave the establishment entirely before your wedding.
If you are concerned with other details of your day, consider hiring a private planner to assist you...most offer day of services just to make sure everything goes according to your plans. Believe me, it's well worth the fee for the piece of mind and ability to relax and enjoy your wedding day. (don't leave it to mom, dad or other family members...they deserve to have a good time too.)
When you book with us just fax or email a scanned copy of your military id or discharge papers (you can block out your SS#, we don't want to know that) and we'll apply your discount.
This discount is only available on our Gold or Platinum packages and cannot be used with any other discounts.