As the bride and groom (see
you are the stars of the show. But without an officiant, the show
doesn't go on at all. That's why it's so important
that you find an officiant with whom you are compatible, who understands
what kind of ceremony you want, what kind of language reflects
who you are as a couple, and what kind of rituals are most meaningful
don't expect to "click" with every couple I meet.
I don't expect you to sign on the dotted line at our first
meeting, just so you can check "Hire officiant" off your
Do list. Instead, my hope is that, after our initial meeting
(whether by phone or in person), we will connect in a way that
ensures that together we will create a ceremony that will be everything
you have dreamed it will be.
So, what services do
Standard Ceremony Package:
- One initial face-to-face meeting, plus unlimited
communications with you as necessary for the crafting and preparation
of your personalized ceremony. Communication may take place by
phone, email, text, or actually in person.
Does not include totally custom vows, unless you contract for them. (See
also: What's the difference
between "personalized vows" and "customized vows"?)
- Availability during normal business hours for
questions and concerns regarding any aspect of your wedding planning.
Other times by appointment.
- Inclusion of additional rituals (i.e. unity
candle or blending of sands, for example).
- Conducting the rehearsal (up to 60 minutes).
- Arrival at the wedding venue 30 minutes before
- Keepsake wedding folder that includes a printed
copy of the complete wedding vows.
- Substitute officiant in the event of illness
or emergency of originally scheduled officiant.
- Submission of the marriage/civil union license
per Illinois statute via US Postal Service.
Note: The marriage/civil union license must be issued
by the county in which the ceremony takes place (not the
county in which you live). You must designate a representative
who will provide the marriage/civil union license to the officiant
prior to the ceremony
- Any necessary hand-holding, hugs, sanity
restoration, etc. as needed.
"Short and Sweet" Ceremony Package:
- Traditional vows
- Travel to your ceremony venue
- Limited personalization of ceremony.
- No additional rituals (i.e. unity candle or blending
of sands, for example)
- No rehearsal (See
also "Do I need a rehearsal?")
- Arrival at the wedding venue 30 minutes prior
- Lasts about 15 minutes.
- Also appropriate
for elopements and other special circumstances.
- Substitute officiant in the event of illness or
emergency of originally scheduled officiant.
- Completion and submission
of marriage/civil union license per Illinois statute via US Postal
"Simply Legal" Ceremony
Pefer something just a little warmer and more
personal than 5 minutes in a judge's chamber to mark one of the
most important occasions of your life, but don't want all
the work and expense of planning even a small, simple wedding?
ceremony also only takes 5 minutes, but you won't have to
stand in line for a cookie-cutter, assembly-line experience!
- Ceremony performed in my home or office.
- You may bring up to
4 guests to share your joy, and cameras are welcome.
- Completion and submission of marriage/civil
union license per Illinois statute via United States Postal Service
- By appointment only.
Please also check out our Frequently
Asked Questions for our policies on delayed ceremonies
and cancellations. You may
also review a sample contract.
Also, a word about outdoor ceremonies....
all about the KISS here at Joyful Promises (No, not the smooch
you exchange at the end of your ceremony... as
in Keep It Simple, Sweetheart).
So in describing our services, we have used the term "weddings" and
refer to the "bride" and "groom", just to keep
it simple. However, our services apply equally to commitment ceremonies,
civil unions, and for vow renewals. The only difference in this context
is that there are no legal requirements to be met with commitment
ceremonies and vow renewals regarding filing a license.