Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a free consultation?
We are happy to meet with couples, at no cost or obligation, to see if we are a “good fit.” This meeting usually takes place at our office in Fox Lake and will generally last about 45 or so minutes.
What areas do you offer service?
We perform services mainly in the Chicago land area including Elmhurst, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights and anywhere within DeKalb, Lake, Cook and McHenry counties. We also offer service in Rockford and Rockon and have expanded into parts of Southern Wisconsin including Lake Geneva, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Elkhorn and Racine. If you don't see your area or city listed you can contact us to see our availablity in your area.
If we choose you to perform our ceremony, do you require a fee to hold our date?
Yes. We require a $50 non-refundable deposit for most events. The date will only be reserved for 5 days without a deposit. The balance of the fee is due at the Wedding Ceremony or Rehearsal.
What are your fees?
Our fees vary, depending upon the package you have selected, location of the Ceremony, if we are to conduct the rehearsal, and other specifics of your wedding.
What is included in your wedding services?
According to your needs and desires; we prepare a custom Ceremony Script, perform the Ceremony, and file your Marriage License with the County in which you were married.
We are Catholic but because of divorce we can't get married in our parish. Can we have a a Catholic-Style ceremony?
Yes. We can perform a Full Christian-Style Ceremony including Communion.
If we are not religious must we have prayer or scripture in our ceremony?
No. Every ceremony we create is unique, just as every couple is unique. My only “requirement” is that there is nothing in the Ceremony that makes either of you uncomfortable or is disrespectful in any form.
Can we write our own vows?
Definitely! You can write your own vows. You can also choose one(s) from a list we have compiled over years of performing ceremonies; or do a combination.
Do we have to have a rehearsal?
No. This is completely up to you. It certainly depends on the type of Ceremony you are having though. We do believe that a Rehearsal does help ensure that your Wedding Day will go smoothly, especially if you are having a Traditional or Christian Wedding Ceremony or if you have more than 6 in your Wedding Party; but we do not insist upon having one.
What happens during the rehearsal?
You and your Bridal Party will practice those parts of the ceremony that require movement: The Processional, positions of Bridal Couple and Bridal Party, handing-off of the bouquet, exchange of rings, readings, any special rituals like the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle Ceremony, Exchanging of Roses, etc., and the Recessional. Although that sounds simple enough, walking through these parts allows you to “get the bugs out” and also helps minimize Wedding-Day nerves! The minister will also be happy assist you but he is mainly there to guide you through the Wedding Ceremony. One hour of the Minister’s time is allotted for the Rehearsal.
Do we need to have a rehearsal coordinator?
No, but the choice is yours. If you are having a large Bridal Party or a full Ceremony (ie: Traditional and Christian) we do recommend a Rehearsal Coordinator. The Coordinator will guide and direct everyone through their parts from the Processional to their standing positions as well as what is needed from the Best Man and Maid of Honor or anyone else that has a role in the Ceremony. In many cases a Rehearsal Coordinator is not required in order to have a successful Wedding Ceremony. Again, the choice is yours.
If you feel a Rehearsal Coordinator would be helpful with the Rehearsal, we can make arrangements for one to be present with the Minister. There is a nominal fee for this service, but it is much cheaper than a Wedding Planner.
Do you stay for the wedding reception?
Although we appreciate your hospitality, we usually do not attend the reception.
Does the minister accept a gratuity?
As with all service industry professionals, gratuity is gratefully accepted and appreciated, but in no way is it mandatory. Gratuity should be based on the quality of service and just not expected by the receiving party.
Do you have referrals we can contact?
We don’t ask our clients to perform the tasks of a referral. Basically, most referrals used by others are a handful that they use over and over again. Many of our clients have offered, but we don’t feel it is right to accept their generosity.The majority of our clients are referred or recommended to us, so in most cases another referral is not usually warranted. We also encourage you to read our reviews on "The Knot" and "Wedding Wire" or some of our favorites here on our “Testimonials” page.
Do you perform same sex marriages?
Yes, "All Are Welcome" in our faith. Please check out our information on "EngaygedWedding.com" and contact us for additional information.