WHY WOULD I CHOOSE an elopement?
Elopements work for anyone, but they are awesome for couples who are more interested in celebrating their marriage, rather than their wedding. They are small and intimate-a great way to celebrate with your closest family and friends. Plus, they are literally zero stress. If the frustration of wedding planning is getting to you, go with an elopement. They are a fabulous price point too.
What exactly is an Elopement?
An elopement is a really cool tiny wedding. The whole thing is 1 hour long, can include up to 8 guests of your choice, is a totally legal ceremony, and is fantastically unique, fun, and low stress.
WHERE ARE THE Elopements?
We choose sites all over Leelanau County for our elopements. Most involve Lake Michigan, dunes, woods, and gorgeous views. All involve celebrating Northern Michigan.
We chose Leelanau County because we wanted to provide an affordable alternative for those who want to get married in this beautiful area, but without breaking the bank!
Can we choose our own location?
Sorry, but I get this job. Don't worry, I know all the good, secret, beautiful spots in Northern Michigan. Trust me, it will be epic.
DO WE HAVE TO INVITE GUESTS?
Nope. You are welcome to keep it just yourselves and us. We can act as your witnesses.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
The nature of an elopement is flexible. You've got to be willing to "go with the flow" on the day. That being said, I watch the weather like a hawk and help navigate any weather related changes ASAP.
CAN WE PERSONALIZE OUR CEREMONY?
Yes! In fact, you actually write the ceremony with your partner. I help you with this. Don't worry.
WHAT TYPE OF "official-ness" DOES IAN HAVE TO PERFORM WEDDINGS?
He is ordained by the Universal Life Church (which is a REAL church in California!)
CAN I HAVE SOMEONE OTHER THAN IAN PERFORM THE CEREMONY?
You certainly may ask a friend or family member to perform the ceremony, but your total cost is the same.
CAN WE ADD PHOTOGRAPHY TIME? OR AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Sure, that usually works, I just need to know ahead of time and these are price separately.
Can we hire a different photographer?
Ouch.....no, you can't. Booking a package with Watassa means you love my photography. If you don't, that's cool, just don't book a Pop Up. #Realtalk.
So, this whole thing is $2000....are there hidden costs you're not telling me about?
No. That's the price. Really.