August, 2020: Until further notice, due to the uncertainty during this pandemic, I am declining most ceremonies and am hesitant to make any long-term commitments for next year. I may still be available for tiny local outdoor elopements in the short-term – please use my contact form to inquire.

Civil Wedding Officiant Services

As a professional wedding officiant, I specialize in non-religious ceremonies, pop-up weddings and elopements in Southeastern Michigan for couples who may be agnostic, atheist, humanist, LGBTQ, and those who are just out of the ordinary, unconventional and non-traditional.

Easy Planning

To help make the ceremony planning process as easy as possible, I’ve created this comprehensive ceremony website, providing out-of-the-ordinary, completely non-religious, fully customizable ceremonies. You’ll find sample ceremonies, collections of readings and optional elements to consider.


My ceremonies are couple-focused, and it is always important to me that every word be meaningful and relevant to you. Even short elopements can be a profound and personal alternative to the courthouse.


When you find a reading, vows or poem that speaks to you and your individual relationship, and you get that “Yes!” feeling you’ll know you’re on the right track. You can also help me get to know you and personalize your ceremony by answering the “Telling Your Story” questions.

"We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love." - Robert Fulghum

Officiating Weddings since 2009

I am a professional wedding officiant with a tendency toward the non-traditional and unusual. I specialize in custom, non-religious and queer wedding ceremonies, helping couples find the right words to express their feelings and experience a personal wedding ceremony like no other.

When I’m not at a wedding or deep in a conversation, I enjoy time with my kids, friends, dog, gardening, arts & crafts, travel, kayaking, estate sales, games, reading, and tons of random projects.

Stacey Swickerath

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