FAQ

I officiate weddings and marriage ceremonies indoors or outdoors. I have performed ceremonies in hotels, country clubs, restaurants, banquet halls, private homes, condos, parks, forest preserves, boats, green houses, chapels, universities and other wedding ceremony locations.

I primarily serve Dupage, Kane, and DeKalb Counties, and surrounding areas, or, Chicago’s Western Suburbs. I also travel to other areas in N. IL.  I offer discounts in DeKalb County as that is my home area.

No. I do not require a meeting. I would be glad to meet with you and your fiancé to begin planning your big day, if this will make you feel more comfortable about your officiant choice or wedding planning. Often, though, planning in-person meetings is not always easy – especially in the months leading up to the Big Day, with so many other details to finalize. As a result, I’m also willing to “meet” by email and phone.

They typically last up to 20 minutes, depending on the degree to which you customize your ceremony. My ceremonies include all the essential elements of a beautiful wedding Ceremony.  In my experience, ceremonies that last much more than 20 minutes tend to lose focus. You want your guests to remember your ceremony for how beautiful and personalized it was, not for how long-winded it was.

Yes. I find the wedding customs and traditions of other cultures and religions fascinating, and would be happy to learn about, and incorporate, appropriate elements into your wedding ceremony. Please feel free to discuss this with me.

No. There are supplies in numerous specialty stores and on the internet. Colored sand for unity sand ceremonies can also be purchased at craft stores.

I do my best to arrive early to every wedding ceremony.  However, I realize that bad weather, injuries, car problems or other unavoidable occurrences might conceivably delay or prevent my arrival at the wedding ceremony. As much as I can, I will try to keep the couple advised of an impending problem (such as an approaching storm, or car accident). I will do whatever I can reasonably do to persevere in my efforts to get to the wedding ceremony. If it appears that I will be unable to get to the wedding ceremony, I will do my best to find a replacement officiant who can perform the ceremony at the same time and for the same fee as I was contracted with. If, ultimately I am unable to attend because of an unavoidable occurrence, then I will offer my services at any other time and place as is mutually agreeable. By executing my service contract with me, you agree that this is the full extent of any compensation that I owe to you.

I officiate weddings and marriage ceremonies indoors or outdoors. I have performed ceremonies in hotels, country clubs, restaurants, banquet halls, private homes, condos, parks, forest preserves, boats, green houses, chapels, universities and other wedding ceremony locations.

Yes, there are other officiants whom I can recommend, should I be unavailable.

I receive requests to officiate weddings all over Northern Illinois. I sometimes ask for a nominal fee to accommodate gas and related expenses.

No. While I am deeply honored to officiate your wedding ceremony, I believe that the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception is celebration of family and friends. I therefore do not attend either event.

There is no fee for rehearsing just prior to your ceremony, meaning less than an hour before.  Wedding rehearsals on a different day are available for an additional fee. Many smaller weddings do not need a rehearsal on a separate day. Some couples prefer to do their own rehearsal.  I arrive early for weddings and am available to review with the couple just before the ceremony of positions and motions. If the couple wishes to remain traditional and not see each other before the ceremony, then I meet with them separately. Full rehearsals can take up to an hour to complete, in part because it often is a reunion of sorts for many family and friends.

I wear a conservative black suit, with a similarly subdued tie. I dress to blend into the background of the wedding, so that the bride and groom are clearly the focal point of the event.

No. When couples are in love and truly believe they are meant for each other, then it is their choice to get married. I do not impose arbitrary requirements or pass judgments.

I arrive roughly 45 minutes to an hour for the Classic and Premium wedding ceremonies. Less than 30 minutes prior for the Essential and Short and Sweet wedding ceremonies.

Yes. Most weddings are well planned in advance, but I can be available on short notice, if necessary, providing I am available. I have officiated weddings with one hour notice.   Please reserve your wedding date and time soon.

No, I do not offer counseling, nor is it counseling required.

Vow renewals are wonderful events that not only honor the commitment between two people but also the lives they have made together and the community of friends and family that has grown up around those lives.

There are no set rules. It is your wedding, so you do as you choose.