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Designing Your Ceremony

Facing Your Guests (Modern Format)
Backs Turned (Traditional Format)
Examples of Wedding Vows
Effective Seating
Aisle Runner or Petals
Children in Wedding Ceremonies
The Escorting of a Bride
Taking Parental Vows
The Use of Music
Using a Pedestal
Using a Wedding Carriage
A New Role For Grandparents
Wedding Ceremony Readings
In Memoriam

Ceremonies in Special Places
Ceremonies in Theme
Taking Your Ceremony to Others
Staying in Character
What Name Should I Use?
What if it Rains?
Fibbing Your Start Time
Ceremonies in Candlelight
The Reception Line

The Order of Events

Primary Options:
Read this First
The Unity Candle
Champagne Sharing
The Sand Ceremony
The Blessing Tree
Tying the Knot
Tasting the Elements
Using a Photomontage
The Giving of Roses

Options In Finale:
Butterfly Release
Dove Release
Balloon Release
Tossing Petals
Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Applause Walk

The Five Rules:
Rule One
Rule Two
Rule Three
Rule Four
Rule Five

Advice on Photography
Advice on Wedding Coordinators
Death by Venue
An Invitation To Journalists

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Pricing and Fees
Recessional Walk
Jeremy and Kim in their recessional walk at Elgin Country Club - Elgin, Il.

Elopement Ceremony (or Small Informal Ceremonies).

Typically this is a ceremony for an eloping couple taking place at Buckingham fountain, or their living room or a local park setting etc. These are small ceremonies requiring no rehearsal or instruction on my part. My fee includes a Planning Session with you (please see below).

The Fee For An Elopement Ceremony Is $350 .

To learn more about Elopement Ceremonies Click Here.

Marriage License Signing.

Some couples want to be legally married now and are not interested in a wedding ceremony being performed. This is typically because they're going to have the big wedding later. For insurance or other reasons, they want to be legally married now.

The Fee For Coming out to complete your paper work is $200

CLICK HERE for my contact page.


Your Planning Session by Phone or Skype

By planning your ceremony by phone (or by the video feature of our smart phones) we all save time and money. Even though you may be having a smaller wedding ceremony you can do just about everything in it that you can in a larger one. During the planning session you'll tell me exactly what kind of ceremony you want and I'll tell you the best ways of putting that together. Don't confuse small with cheap. You can have a beautiful and photogenic ceremony whose images you'll be very proud of. I have the advice you need to make this happen.
A planning session is most effective when you have my web site on and in front of you as we discuss your ceremony. If you have one, a desktop computer works best for this.

[I wrote this web site's 40,000 words. I love what I do and have no shortage of advice for you!].



Any couple considering my services is free to call me and discuss their wedding plans at length at no charge. I can be reached at (708)-490-8860.

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