What is your cancellation policy?
Although it happens rarely, there
are times a couple may have to cancel their contract for any number
of reasons. Written notice of cancellation is required. Communication
via email or regular post is acceptable notification.
The contracted deposit is considered non-refundable as it guarantees
the date and time of the ceremony and thus Joyful Promises declines
any other business for that date and time while the contract is active.
When a ceremony is cancelled, the date is cleared and Joyful Promises
will again speak to other couples who inquire about that same date
and general time period.
In the event the date is rebooked: the original deposit
from the Couple who cancelled will be refunded. The re-booking does
not need to be for the exact time of the original wedding. Simply
rebooking a ceremony for the same day may suffice.
In the event the date is not rebooked: In these instances,
Joyful Promises will take several factors into consideration regarding
a refund of the deposit. The factors include, but are not limited
to, the demand for the time period in question and how far in advance
Joyful Promises has had the opportunity to rebook. (For example,
Joyful Promises may reserve the right to keep a deposit if we have
had to turn down several requests while the contract was active,
but do not have adequate time to rebook after the cancellation. On
the other hand, Joyful Promises may refund a deposit if we have had
time to receive subsequent inquiries after a cancellation even though
they did not result in a booking.) Joyful Promises does reserve the
right to deduct incurred expenses from any deposit.
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What happens if the ceremony is
Joyful Promises reserves the right to bill a late
charge for ceremonies that begin more than thirty minutes after the
planned start time. In the very unlikely event an extremely excessive
delay results in the officiant’s schedule making it impossible
for him/her to remain on-site, the Couple is still responsible for
the full officiating fee and may incur an additional late charge
dependent upon the length of time the officiant waited before having
to leave. The Couple will be sent an invoice for the late charge
payable within thirty days per the fee schedule below.
30-45 minutes: $
45-60 minutes: $100
60-75 minutes: $150
75-90 minutes: $200
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Should I invite the officiant to the rehearsal
dinner or reception?
While that is a lovely gesture, it is completely unnecessary, and
chances are the officiant would decline anyway. Please understand
that while your wedding or other ceremony is the most important day
of your lives, it is a professional commitment for your officiant
who, having performed your beautiful ceremony, is most likely looking
forward to getting back to hearth and home and into comfy clothes.
What happens if the officiant gets sick
or has an emergency?
Joyful Promises has three ordained officiants; one primary and two
for backup. We only book one ceremony at any given time, so that
the other two are available if needed should the primary be unable
to perform her duties. We also have other officiants as additional
resources. To paraphrase the famous theatrical expression, "Your
show will go on".
What is the difference between
a "personalized ceremony" and "custom vows"?
You are probably familiar with the traditional wedding vows: "Do
you take <Name> to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband,
to have and to hold from this day forward, to honor and cherish,
for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health,
forsaking all others, until death do you part."
all that's necessary to be married. By including additional rituals
such as the Unity Candle, Blending of Sands, Memory Candle, or
other traditions at your request, along with the appropriate language
that goes with them, we are "personalizing" your
On the other hand, if the traditonal vows don't resonate with you
and you want us to work with you to create vows that are truly unique
to you, those are "customized" vows because we are starting
from scratch and writing something totally new.
Do I need a rehearsal?
The short answer is, "That depends." Check out the Rehearsals page
for more information.
What geographic areas do you serve?
We currently serve the communities of Bolingbrook,
Romeoville, Lemont, Woodridge, Lisle, Naperville, Joliet, Plainfield,
Lombard, Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Aurora, Darien, Oak Brook, and Downers
Grove ― basically anywhere within a 20-mile radius of Bolingbrook,
service area map. .However,
we are also willing to consider other locations on a case-by-case
Are we required to attend premarital counseling with you?
The short answer is, "No". I am not qualified
to do counseling. However, I do recommend that you attend a few counseling
sessions on your own, just to make sure you have similar expectations
of marriage before you enter into yours.
Please note: I may choose not to provide
officiant services for any couple I believe are getting married
for the wrong reasons, or that the relationship is abusive, or
in some other way makes me feel that performing their wedding ceremony
is not in their best interest. In
most cases, I will reach this conclusion during our first meeting
and won't even enter into a contract with them. However, if I determine
at a later date that I am uncomfortable performing such a ceremony,
I will void the contract and refund all payments made to date in
You seem pretty open to ideas; is there anything you won't do?
Put simply, Yes, there is. We do have limits! Check out our What
I Won't Do page for
What are the marriage license requirements?
- The license must be issued by the county in which the ceremony
will take place (not the county in which you live).
- You will receive the license on the day you apply.
- Once issued, there is a one-day waiting period before you can
- The license is valid for 60 days.
- You will need to pay a fee (determined by the county). Check
the county clerk's office for the amount and forms of payment they
- You will need a photo ID and possibly your certified birth certificate.
- If you have been married before, you must provide proof of how
that previous marriage ended (divorce decree or death certificate).
- No physical exam or blood test is required.
- You must be at least 18 years of age to get married without parental
permission. You can get married at 16 with parental permission.
You cannot get married under the age of 16.
- When the ceremony is over, the officiant will sign the license
and submit it via certified mail or FedEx to the county clerk's
office within three (3) days of the ceremony. You can obtain a
certified copy from the county clerk's office, usually
within 30 days.
- See the links below for further information: