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 just yourselves or you can bring 4 guests of your choice. It is a totally legal ceremony, and is fantastically unique, fun, and low stress.
WHERE ARE THE Elopements?
We choose sites all over West Michigan and Leelanau County for our elopements. Most involve Lake Michigan, dunes, woods, and gorgeous views. All involve celebrating.
We wanted to provide an affordable alternative for those who want to get married in these beautiful areas, 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. 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 priced separately.
What do couples do after the ceremony?
Everyone is different, but most folks choose a bomb restaurant to celebrate at with family and friends, or rent a house for party times. Some couples go off on an intimate picnic or jump in Lake Michigan. Most choose to make a weekend out of their time in Leelanau (I totally recommend you do!), but I also send lots of inside tips and suggestions for awesome spots after you book.
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 with me. #Realtalk.
So, this whole thing is $1700....are there hidden costs you're not telling me about?
No. That's the price. Really.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A COUPLE REGRET DOING An elopement?
Nope. They all have said it was the best decision they've ever made.
(Click on these pictures. They get bigger so you can see the smiles even better!)