Couples forgetting to get the marriage license.
Pamela Klusack has seen her share of wedding-day hiccups in the nearly 15 years since she became a wedding officiant and started Matrimony & More. Based out of Mason, Klusack has traveled all over Michigan and into Ohio in her business to conduct services for people making the leap, tying the knot and beginning their lives together as one. The advantages she provides couples over a traditional ceremony can be boiled down to a single issue: It’s all about you.
“It’s all about the flexibility; being able to create their ceremony; making this their day, not mine,” Klusack said. “Allowing the photographers to have access to taking the pictures that they want to capture the special moments. Picking the day and time and also location of where you want your special day to be. I also provide my couples with tons of samples so that they can create what they want me to perform.”
Klusack started Matrimony & More in 2005 while working in the Ingham County Clerk’s Office in Mason. She was planning to retire in 2008 after nearly three decades on the job.
“The reason I started the business was, first, I was only going to be 55 when I retired so I wanted to do something else besides stay at home,” she said. “Working in the clerk’s office, I noticed a lot of couples were asking if we knew anyone that would marry them other than churches, so that started
my wheels turning and I started my business of marrying couples.”
After becoming ordained online, Klusack immediately began seeing couples off on their
lives together. One of the first ceremonies she presided over took place inside the Meridian Mall in Meridian Township, where Klusack said she had as many – if not more – wedding-day jitters as the bride and groom.
“They had a giveaway wedding and it was performed in the center of the mall,” she said. “I was asked to perform that wedding. I would say that was the most nervous because of all the people that were there to watch the wedding.”
Since then, any nerves have been eased by experience. Klusack has officiated ceremonies at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; English Inn; Hawk Hollow Chapel; Bridge Street Chapel; Grand Ledge Opera House; Wheatfield Bed and Breakfast; The Grand in Essexville; Crystal Gardens in the Howell and Detroit areas; the beaches of St. Joseph, Grand Haven and South Haven; the golf courses of Eagle Eye, Timber Ridge, Brookshire and Owosso Country Club; private homes; on the Michigan State University campus; and many more locations.
She even oversaw one wedding that took place in a patient’s room at Sparrow Hospital.
“I have no timeframe; if I am available the same day you call, I will perform your wedding,” she said. For more information on Klusack and Matrimony & More, visit matrimonyandmore.com.