Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Our mayor has been asked to perform several wedding ceremonies
this summer. Who decides how much he should charge?
The law giving a mayor the authority to perform marriage ceremonies
(MCL 551.7(3)) states the mayor shall charge and collect a fee. The amount
is to be determined by the city council and paid to the city treasurer
to be deposited in the general fund of the city at the end of the month.
The mayor in a neighboring city has performed a number of wedding
ceremonies this summer. As president of our village, can I perform marriage
Michigan law specifically states that "a mayor may perform a marriage ceremony anywhere in a county in which that city is located" (MCL 551.7). It does not give that authority to village presidents.
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