Ceremonies often play an integral part in our lives; whatever the occasion, be they joyous such as weddings and the birth of a child or solemn, as in funerals, no matter the occasion, a ceremony is never complete without invoking the Blessings from On High, thus, we often seek a person of spiritual intellect like an Ordained Minister to perform the holy rituals and spiritualize the event.
I am Rev. Holly Joy Donner, and I am a non-denominational woman Pastor, located in Traverse City, Michigan.
My credentials as a non-denominational Minister make me perfectly eligible to conduct various religious and non-religious ceremonies in honor of your event and personal beliefs.
Although I am a Christian by birth and was raised as one, I have never really been attached to it or to any one religion in particular. It is not about which religion I belong to that matters to me, but the Teachings and Principles, based on the Universal Truths passed down by the great prophets of different religions that resonate with me.
In this way i’ve always been drawn to ancient texts and the idea of being Ordained but, it took me a few years of pursuing and applying Advanced Metaphysical Studies at “The Temple Within School of Sacred Studies”, before I felt the time was really right to commit to being Ordained under the guidance of my Mentors.
As such, I studied World Religions for the better part of a year though The Sacred Cup School of Divinity and Ordination, under the umbrella of The Universal Life Church and whose mantra is “We Are One”. The amazing fact is that I had this very same mantra tattooed when I was 17 years old!
This institute allows people the freedom to have their own Ministry with dignity, humanity and the right to be sacred. Thus, honoring me with the title Reverend Holly Donner in a beautiful and personal Ceremony, conducted in Michigan. With this, I was also bestowed with the title “Mystic Seer”, which qualifies me to practice as a Universalist (or non-denominational) Minister of Metaphysics, where I can help people see through the beliefs and paradoxical ideologies of the world that are no longer serving them and create the space of “I am” instead of “I belong to” without renouncing their religion of birth or youth.
Ceremonies can still embody the essence all of those Divine things and whatever resonates with you, your spouse and family, inter-faith and various other sentiments.
Due to lack of proper spiritual guidance and counseling people often succumb in quiet submission and find misplaced solace living in the throes of pain and sorrow. As a Minister, my job is to hold space and promote healing; and thus I have vowed to work for the welfare and comfort of the bereaved who have lost their loved-ones, often to suicidal deaths, and help bring solace to their grieving hearts by offering Spiritual Counseling, while assuring them with validation the peace and security of their loved-ones.
As an officiating Ordained Minister I have the power to conduct various ceremonies and perform rituals, whether it be a baby naming ceremony to welcome a child into the world, a marriage ceremony, comforting the sick and the dying, or honoring the lost at funerals.
As a psychic medium I am intuitively empathic to the energies around me. When it comes to families, I can sense the overall dynamics or personality of the deceased person and connect with him or her at the soul level. Therefore, my funeral sermons among other ceremonies are not just a routine litany of words, but they are very personal, designed to reflect the personality of the departed individual or embody the essence of your vision. This renders the entire ceremony very meaningful and true.
Moreover, as a Universalist, my flexibility allows me to personalize the ceremonies by intuitively sensing the sentiments of the family concerned, thus striking a rapport with them in all confidentiality, integrity and trust. On account of my neutral perception towards any one religion, I take the responsibility of incorporating other physical and spiritual rites, which may be religious or non-religious, depending upon your preferences. Blessings, Prayers, Readings, herbs, essential-oils or Holy Water are some of the sacraments which I offer to help empower the ceremonies.
With respect to clothing, I am not restricted to wearing ceremonial robes at the time of offering various services. I am at liberty to be attired as per your preference: which means I can wear a Vestment, a stole around my shoulders or just present myself in civil clothes.
Given below is a list of some of the Services offered by me.
- Renewal of Vows
- Officiating Weddings
- Premarital Counseling
- Budget Wedding Elopements
- Spiritual Marriage Ceremonies like Partnership Rites and Hand-Fasting
Rates Starting at $149
- Spiritual Counseling
- Baptisms (Any Age, Living or Departed)
- Baby Naming & Christening Ceremonies
Rates Starting at $85
- Bereavement Counseling
- Hospice and Transitional Support
- Writing and Delivering Customized Funeral Sermons
Rates Starting at $85
Please send me an email or text to arrange a time to discuss your needs and wishes concerning your ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Do You Charge?
Prices depend on the services you’re seeking and the time required to create your ceremony as you want it to be, as well as the location where your ceremony takes place and if any accommodations are required.
Typically, the starting price is $85 for more private services; such as 1-hour Counseling or a Readings in my Traverse City, MI office located on South Garfield.
The average fee for a budget wedding, elopement, vow renewal and funeral sermon is around $149.
A full wedding ceremony starts at $279 and increases for a fully personalized and original ceremony, rehearsal attendance etc.
I may elect to work with persons experiencing hardships as permitted so you may still have a ceremony you will love and remember.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have with no obligation.
How Long Does The Ceremony Last?
A ceremony normally last about fifteen to thirty minutes depending upon the number of guests you have, readings you chose to add, any special music which is played during the ceremony, blessings etc.
How Do We Get Our Marriage License?
If the bride and groom lives in Michigan, their marriage license can be obtained at the County Clerk’s office in the county in which they live. The marriage license may be used anywhere in Michigan.
If the bride and groom both are out-of-state residents, their marriage license must be obtained in the county where the ceremony is to take place. Some counties will allow a bride and groom to apply for a license over the internet, but other counties have restrictions that mean the license has to be applied for in person. There is a three-day waiting period after making application. Then your ceremony must take place within thirty days. Most County Clerk’s offices will waive the three-day waiting period for out-of-state couples. You need to check with that particular county about their requirements.
If Applicable: Please ask your County Clerk if they require your license to be certified in order for the bride to change her name on legal documents.